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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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Trevor Thrall -

Hey Alan,

As a lifelong A2 resident I love hearing that visitors enjoy Ann Arbor - I'm glad you had a good time. Had I read your request for advice earlier I too would have suggested Bella Vino. But I have a more personal suggestion for you that most people are still unaware of on the Michigan beer scene - Wolverine Beer. I started the company a year ago with a partner - Matt Roy - and we launched commercially this summer. Wolverine Beer is a class American lager - we like to call it Michigan's Premium Lager. We figured Michigan needed something easy to drink that didn't come from Wisconsin or Ohio. We're happy to say that Bella Vino does carry it. Let us know when you're in town next and we'll be happy to buy you a pint or two!


Trevor Thrall
Wolverine Beer

Jeremy McClelland -

Hey Alan,
I'm glad to see that you made it across the border and home in one piece!

I really appreciate the sparkling review you wrote about the beer department at Bello Vino. I would like to clarify one thing though; I am not the reason that the beer works so well at the Vino, just a gear in the machine, am I. The blame for the fame of beer in Ann Arbor lies solely with my customers. Without their passion and palate for the grain and hop, there would be no reason such a wide selection of tasty brews should be so readily available. Many have had my position before me, and many will follow, but I am just some schmuck in a smock who got lucky enough to land his dream job. I love what I do, and I take pride in my work, but in the end I am, just like all other merchants, at the mercy of my patrons' demands. And if any of you savvy shoppers of savory sippables read this....
Thank you for employment!

By the way Al, I've been hunting on Ebay for some used pipes.

Alan -

Hey - whatever it is, it is working. And you looked like a very happy man. Comment anytime Jeremy and feel free to post news about your shop.

And...err...I hate to break it to you...but was the McCrimmons. Different clan entirely. I hate when I get stuff like that so wrong.

Stonch -

I wish I could buy mini kegs of Schlenkerla off the shelf at a local shop.