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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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Lew Bryson -

Sounds great. Loved the earlier book Unger did, and I did a paper on Dutch brewing in the early Renaissance back in grad school. I'll have to find a copy of this sucker. Thanks for the tip, Alan.

Lloyd Bierstaker -

Dear Alan,

I have to find this book,"A History of Brewing in Holland 900-1900: Economy, Technology and the State," at a reasonable price! My family name--Bierstaker, originally Biersteker--is from the medieval guild name of Biersteeker, the Dutch guild which transported beer from the country side into Amsterdam, and probably other cities as well. As I understand it, beer was originally brewed from the canal water in Amsterdam(!) Of course, before long, that water was too polluted for brewing, so beer was brewed in the countryside and transported by the Biersteeker guild members into cities. When that occurred is probably when my ancestors adopted the guild name as their surname.
Do you happen to have any information as to when these guilds were formed?

Lloyd Bierstaker

Bob Schneider -

I realise that this is a review of a book but I was wondering if you could satisfy my curiosity. When I was brewing professionally in Holland, MI, I was trying to come up with a beer name and tagline that connected with the Dutch East India Trading Company (correct name?) similar to India Pale Ale shipped to British troops stationed in India. I did some research but ended up making an IPA with our house German ale yeast. When I put the beer on tap at the brew pub, the owners renamed it anyway. It was still one of the best IPAs I have made.
So my question is; Did the Dutch traders ship beer as a commodity in trade for Asian goods? If yes, what years, what style? Were hops used in any manner then?