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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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Rob -

I missed TAP NY for the 3rd year in a row so it was good to hear a report.

We have a great brewing history here in NY and make some fine beer. I do drink many brews from most of the breweries you speak of here but none that blew my socks off. Don't get me wrong, the products represented at TAP are fine examples of good beer but they don't ever seem to have that "wow" factor when you drink them. Now, I am not saying that strong Lager and Ales (Ales like the Double IPA and Barley Wines for instance)do not have a ton of flavor, they do, but even Lake Placid's barley wine and Captain Lawrence, in my opinion, don't stand out against others from the rest of the US. Also, you don't need to make extreme beer in order to make a fine beer. It appears to me, that at times brewers in NY, with the exception of a few, travel down a safest path when making beer. When tasting multiple samples of brews from around the US they should stand out but often don't. I know not every beer can be Brooklyn's Chocolate Stout but there should be more standouts like that from NY.

I am not NY bashing, I love my home state and the breweries that produce some fine beer. I drink beer from our local brew pubs (Albany area)and have tried all of the breweries that one awards and have favorites from the entire bunch. It's just that we should be leading the pack when it comes to craft beer and I think we should set the bar higher.

OK, fire away all those that wish... this is just my opinion so prove me wrong.


mallace -


Yeah, I get that sense that many eastern breweries--including the ones I'm more familiar with in PA, stick to more of a middleground in their beers. We have our Weyerbachers and our Legacys, sure, but I feel that in PA we also have a wealth of very good beers in that middleground...Victory and Stout's are among my favorites, especially for their respective pilsners. Greatly flavorful, but temperate. The homebrew recipe that I am most proud of is 4.5% abv and 30 IBU, but boy howdy is it flavorful! The most intiguing beer I had all day was a weiss beer from Butternuts that the brewer said was actually past its prime...it had taken on a very distinct aroma of pears, and it was bone dry. But it was an exception during the day.

I'm left wondering how much of the flavor profile at some of these smaller brewpubs comes from the preferences and ability of the brewer, and how much is dictated by business decisions that look to offer beer to a broader (read: less adventurous; non-beer-geeky) palate.