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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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tedo -

The Kranz is one of my all time favorite souveniers that I brought back from my time in Koln. That and copious amounts of Kolsch glasses from as many of the local brewerys as I could hit up. Its a great city, and Evan's article was full of memories.

Knut Albert -

If I am ever in the area, I'll get you one. One of the few things on the planet not currently on eBay...

Stonch -

In the UK, things are a bit mixed up in terms of local beer styles.

In terms of styles, we've certainly got a much more diverse scene than Germany today. However, brewers tend not to look to the types of beers associated with their area, and brew whatever takes their fancy. There are exceptions.

Ron Pattinson -

My website address has changed and is now:


I had hoped it was reassuringly complete.

Alan -

How about staggeringly complete! Amazing depth of information, Ron, and I hope the reference in the NYT gave a great boost to traffic.

Ron Pattinson -

Yeah, the NYT links helped boost the hits on my website.

It´s still very much a work in progress. Now it looks like I´m going to be unemployed for a while, maybe I´ll have time to complete some of my historical research.

There will soon be one tangible result of my archive research. I´ve had a recreation of Barclay Perkins KK from 1936 brewed for me at Dutch micro De Schans. It should be ready to drink in about four weeks. Only 300 bottles have been brewed and I´m keeping half for myself.