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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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Steve -

You got some of Kjetil's beer! Enjoy it. He is doing some good things over there in Norway, though it appears the perverse legislative environment is causing him some headaches.

I'd also like to let you know that there will be a beer festival here in Japan on the 30th September and we will be taking pause to pay tribute to MJ. I think you were keeping track of international sites that will be joining in.

Stonch -

I am surprised and more than a little disappointed that Canadians call autumn "fall" too.


Ron Pattinson -

Funny you should mention Porter. You've probably noticed it's one of my many obsessions (counting the number of storeys in tall buildings is another). I just happen to have have been ferreting around in the archive again this week.

The theory is that Porter was killed off by WW I and restrictions on the production of dark malts. That certainly wasn't what happened at Whitbread. They brewed Porter all through the war. It was the only one of their Porters and Stouts that was in production over the whole period 1914-1918. Between April 1917 and April 1918, Whitbread only made two beers in their Porter brewery: Imp (I think suggesting that stands for "Imperial Stout" isn't too outrageous) and Porter. In this period the Porter had an OG of 1048. After April 1918, they swapped to Porter and LS (ny guess: London Stout). Porter started at 1039, hit a low of 1036 in December 1918, but by February 1919 was back to 1043.

Three pre-war Stouts - S, SS and SSS weren't brewed between April 1917 and May 1919.

So it wasn't Porter that got messed up by the war but Stout. At least at Whitbread.

Porter did suffer post-WW I. By theearly 1930's it was on its last legs and, at just 1029, was one of Whitbread's weakest beers.