A Good Beer Blog


Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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tedo -

Couldn't agree more. As a relatively new beer blogger, its been a great experience seeing the incredible rise in popularity.

Adam -

Thank you Alan. That means a lot coming from you :-)

I think you are nailing the ever elusive thing Bryan and I have called "the beer culture". In your blog and specifically in this article. Right on!

I'd like to think this phenomenon has something to do with people speaking out and being heard in places like the mythical blogsphere where you don't need a ton of money to be heard. Beer isn't just something you are programmed to drink anymore via sex and man law marketing.


Stonch -

Alan, I agree with all your sentiments.

You are responsible in no small part for this explosion. Your encouragement and advice for those just starting out is invaluable. Pat yourself on the back and raise a glass!

Alan -

Excellent. My ploy to pander for compliments has paid off...

Stonch -


Off to Franconia tomorrow...

Ethan Cox -

When you come to Western New York, look me up! And before you come, check out what I'm doing over at Beer-O-Vision (http://beerovision.wnymedia.net/) I'm a very new beer-blog (< 3 months), but we're doing a lot of video, too.

Charlie -

Nice work, Alan! Can't wait to start my own. Without a doubt you set a high standard. Cheers!

Stan Hieronymus -

Alan - To drive home the point I would suggest that people check out RSBS for coverage of the Oregon Brewers Festival. It has to be the most blogged about beer festival ever.

And for those who want to join, Jon recently had a nice primer at The Brew Site about how to set up a blog:


Bryan Kolesar -

Six years later and......

Don't know how I stumbled back upon this but it certainly does bring a wave of thoughts and emotions. Not sure if I can accurately describe how I think it's all gone from these earlier days.

But, there are still a few handfuls of the usual suspects out there doing our things and that's probably a good thing.