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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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Sarah C. -

So, I have been lurking for, wow, more than a couple months now. Its shameful, I know.
I am always interested to read what you have to say and one of these days I will actually use the information you have provided in a meaningful way. I am currently a grad student and do not have $8 to spend on a six pack, let alone a single beer, but I will be gainfully employed at some point!
Do you have a synopsis of your favorite beers listed by type? Perhaps that is too much to ask?
Thanks for the wonderful posts!

Alan -

You know, I really can't say as so much depends on the day, the company, the food. And I am pretty sure that I have no yet had my favorite beer in most styles. I do know that I am a little obsessed by anything made by Fantome and that I prefer soft water beers over hard ones. In an effort to cut a cold, I had three dopplebocks last night that all were different but I liked them all: Wagner Valley Sled Dog, Victory St. Victorious and New Holland Blue Goat.

Knut Albert -

It's not only history, it is also journalism. It is a fact tat local newspapers will print any press release as long as there is a weak local connection to the product. They never delve deeper into what is happening behind the scene, as <i>who</i> is launching this beer or pub or whatever.

Through the web we now have national and international networks that help to uncover the stories, and the resources are almost endless. At ratebeer, for excample, there are beer drinkers from around the globe, and they can, for example, translate labels in Russian or Japanese and through their combined knowledge help to get through the spin and to the facts.

Ron Pattinson -

Investigate for yourselves. It's great fun.

There's nothing more satisfying than proving people have been talking out of their arses.

(I'm sure this will come back and bite me in the bum.)

Stan Hieronymus -


One point quick point of order as a mull this over. Not all the NY Times archive is free.

<b>Which parts of the Archive are free and which are premium?</b>

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Alan -

Dastards!!! At least there are all the neato brewery explosion articles from teh 19th century. That and fights at lager halls seem to have been all the news that fit.

Stonch -

"I'm sure this will come back and bite me in the bum"

Aha, Ron, but it won't - because so far you haven't been presenting your theories as cast-iron fact. You've been presenting data and pointing out how it contradicts the myths and legends that have passed for beer history to date. You also make a point of highlighting when your own previously expressed theories are debunked by your research. Keep doing that and you won't go far wrong.

When you write a book you will lay yourself open to criticism, of course. At that point myself and Alan will gleefully fall in with your critics and destroy you, leaving you with only jenever and beer schnapps for comfort.

Alan -

Yes, good point. This is all a fantastically elaborate setup of Ron.

Ron Pattinson -

Jenever . . . mmm . . Just back from the jenever festival in Hasselt. Where did I leave my brain? I know it's around here somewhere.