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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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Pootz -

Hey good timing Alan...Steve Beaumont and I are having a dust up on this one over at the Bartowel.

The thread was about locally available pales having to substitute for the big IPA we ain't got here...one of the more verbose BA posters was waxing poetic about St. Ambroise as a "classic" pale (whatever the hell that is as all styles are constantly mutating)worthy od substituting for our lacking IPA offerings in this market.

I posted with a counter point that pale ales are a sad substitue for IPAs ( of all kinds) and that St. Ambroise as a pale was about as pedestrian and mass appeal as you can get without going to a full macro style.

Well...the outrage! Steve is in there pimping St. A like some unique treasure of the Canadian brewing craft and I had to stop him there...Personally, I like Black Oak better as a flavourful pale...it is earier to distinguish it as a pale and it is made as an unpretentious craft styled session pale...where as St A pretends to be something its not; a massive micro pale that Michael Jackson would die for. (it really has a watery mouth and over carbonation as far as I'm concerned)...maybe it stood out in the 1 beer micro world in 1989 but no more....there are better pales...and Black Oak is one of them.

Long story short, I went out and bought some St. A to objectively taste it against other pales I like better in the Ontario market and it came off as pretty non-stellar...like I remembered it to be.

Of the 4 pales I tried Tankhouse finished first for actually having flavor, Headstrong second, Black Oak 3rd and St A wiping up 4th place.

Maybe you want to comment on this thread. I'd value your opinion: