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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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Paul of Kingston -

Good work Al - great photos submitted from far and wide - very impressive and entertaining.

Alan -

Yes, a very good use of the last few shopping days before Christmas!

James Tien -

Alan - I hope you have already garbbed beers, enough for whole Christmas holidays. :D Thanks for your great job!

Joe -

Great stuff, Alan. Thanks for all the hard work you've done on this.

Jonathan -

Awesome pics, awesome contest. I take back all the bad things I've ever said about you behind your back. Well, most of them, anyway.

Alan -

And I don't hold the whole "Estonian adventure" thing against you now either.

Robert Curran -

First off, I would like to thank the Academy. Whoo hoo. First photo contest ever entered. I was happy just to have a photo make it to the final draw, but runner up,....................I need a beer.

As Alan mentioned, Kaltenberg is very much a fairy tale castle, in fact it much more an Medieval Disney Land. We only managed to see the brewery through the windows of the court yard, though we did sample the beers in the tap room with lunch. The link he posted will give you all the info you need to known about the place and the brewer.

The trip was indeed a brewer's must do, or even that of a beer geek. 10 days, in Bavaria and an afternoon at Pilsner Urquell. Between Munich and Bamburg, 18 breweries, their tap rooms and 1 brewpub. Favourite beer, the Heffe Weissen from Gutmann in Titting.


Matt Wiater -

Thanks for holding the contest guys!

I just wanted to write a quick note about my entry. This is a photo of brewer Chip Conlon at Roots Organic Brewing Co. in Portland, OR. On this particular day, the natural light was very unforgiving. When I shot from this angle and directly into the wall of windows and sunlight, I assumed all of the shots would be useless. Man, I learned a lesson that day: take chances and shoot, shoot, shoot! Sometimes, you're in the right place at the right time and luck plays a big part. Sure, you'll throw a bunch of shots out that don't work, but once in awhile everything comes together...


mark m -

nice job on the contest. terrific images from people who clearly love the pints. I will definitley work harder next year on my photo choices. I hope i did not peak with my beer with fish win on 07.
be cool shalom.

Ben -

Great job with the photo contest. Already looking forward to next year! Keep up the good work!

Scott-TheBrewClub -

Great contest - and really some excellent results! Thanks for doing this!

Thad -

Just wanted to let you know one thing about the photo that features all of the Hook Norton beers (with the yard glass hanging in the top right) ... it was taken in the brewery bar, where they give out samples after taking a tour of the whole brewery.