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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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Stonch -

"We in the English speaking world are so concerned about avoiding making connections about beer and locality and community that we forget that our behavior must seem fairly bizarre to other cultures"

I'm racking my brains for examples of this in Britain but can't think of any. There are beers in my stash with Santa and Rudolph on the bottle, there are many named after localities or towns or whatever. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're saying, but I suspect this applies only to the USA and perhaps Canada, as opposed to the whole of the English speaking world.

Alan -

I am not challenging you on that (if only because I am not really that coherent in what I am trying to say up there) but if I think of Pete Brown's <i>Three Sheets to the Wind</i> I would recognize plenty of the cultural constipation/repression when he compares his life long English experience to Spain or the Czech Republic or even Ireland. But as a child of Scots immigrants, I am quite familiar with the dour hand passing out doubt and guilt when it comes to enjoying your beer.

The Beer Nut -

"..Spain or the Czech Republic or even Ireland.."
Frankly, we could do with a bit less of an association between our local brewer and our city, in this town which may as well prefix its name with the words "Diageo Ireland Presents".

I think that English beer does do a sense of place and a sense of history very well indeed. From Newcastle Brown Ale, all the way down to Cornish Knocker, you tend to know where you are with English ale, literally.

Alan -

Jeesh...damn good thing I found a nice picture at least. Anything else to pick apart? These all can't be gems you know.

Stonch -

Alan, that made me laugh out loud! Cheers!

Ron Pattinson -

Good to hear something about Bohumil Hrabal - a great writer and beer-drinker.

There are in fact two breweries connected with Postřižiny - the one in Nymburk where the real events took place and Pivovar Dalešice where it was filmed. At the time of filming, Dalešice was disused, but has since been re-opened as a microbrewery.

Jiří Menzel filmed another of Hrabal's books, "Closely Observed Trains" in the 1960's (it won an oscar for best foreign-language film).

Hrabal was also the most famous local in U Zlateho Tygra in Prague for several decades. He used to drink there most days.

Alan -

Hey - you even know stuff about my dumber stories. I never thought to check out (pun) Evan Rail's book on the Czech Republic but now that I have I see at 194 that there is a grotty bar in Prague where you can get these beers, Jamajka.

Stonch -

I'm off to Prague a week on Friday for three nights. I'm excited

Alan -

Have you contacted Evan Rail? You should give him a shout.

Stonch -

Yes, I'll be meeting Evan. I'll also have Dave The Long Armed Goon with me.