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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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Spencer Thomas -


If you've got time, I invite you to meet with some of the members of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild homebrew club while you're in the area. We could get together at one of the 4 area brewpubs (or several of them!) If you are interested, please respond by email to spencer at spencerwthomas.com.

A fellow Jolly Pumpkin lover,
Spencer Thomas
Ann Arbor

Spencer Thomas -

Oh, yes. Have you tried the Bam Noire? It presents with a lovely fruity, leathery nose -- dark cherries, apples, and a hint of oak. The creamy tan head sits atop a ruby-brown beer. The first sip is barely tart, dry, with a dark malt and fruit hit. With a few swishes, the carbonation blooms into a creamy fullness. A slight woody astringency blends with the light hop bitterness to keep the beer alive as I swallow. There's a hint of funk, nicely controlled, adding to the complex and changing nature of this beer. The finish shifts from tart fruit to woody oak and back again.

It is a thing of beauty, and I'm so happy that it's brewed only 11 miles from my home.

jason -

Alan, it's worth the trip back to Galt for the Grand River Brewery's Highballer Pumpkin Ale. Miam miam.



Alan -

Being the possessor of four empty Grand River growlers, my plan is exactly that.

Jason Tucker -

Jolly Pumpkin just became available in my area (at least I've just started seeing it). I couldn't be happier about it.

This was a fantastic beer, and one I'm writing about in a week or so. My wife even liked this brew, and that's saying a lot for her. I've also got a bottle of La Roja I'm itching to try soon.

Jimmy the KID Hammerle -

Where does a person in southern Oregon pick-up some of this Jolly Pumkin sour beer? I've picked up some of the Flemish Reds that Roots brewery in Portland,OR slings, but I was hoping for some sours closer to my home in Prospect, OR near Crater Lake.

Alan -

Inordinately guzzle-able, even watery, after a Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze.

Alan -

Delightful after an intense diaper change. Batch 1023. Lemony, long dry finish that seems to start at the start. Pretty much as described five years ago except for the monstrous egg white head.