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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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Stan Hieronymus -

I agree (as you know) that people "need to get used to paying for character." The question is how much more and why the more.

I happen to think Americans are brewing beers with character - often lower alcohol beers that are served fresh and only locally. And get little attention. Nothing wrong with that.

It isn't necessary to spend the money - and burn the carbons - to import them from Germany. It's a luxury, and if some people want to pay X amount more for it then that's also OK.

Alan -

On the first point, if you can tell me what "character" is and why craft beers that cost half the price don't have it, I'll believe you. I tend to think we are being asked to pay more for beer that have "characters" involved.