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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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Evan Rail -

Great post. I just wrote something about the Czech brewery Primátor, which had a presentation last night to show off their new labels. They invested in a good graphic designer who knows what he's doing and the new versions are much, much easier to read. Before, all the brewery's beers pretty much looked alike, from the 4% ABV daily drinker to the 10% ABV Double dark lager. If you wanted to buy the former and instead grabbed the latter, you might be very surprised, to say the least.

The new labels all clearly say "Primátor" in large type, then the name of the beer. Different colors make it easier for consumers to recognize the one they prefer. It's a welcome change.

Whereas the Strakonice brewery has very confusing labels that say either "Dudak" or "Nektar" or "Strakonice," or sometimes the Czech equivalent of "City Brewery," without telling you which city brewery it is. Unless they fix their labels, those guys are going to have trouble.

Ron Patinson -

Old labels were one of the things that prompted me to poke around in the archives. I wanted to know more about the beers behind the labels. There's always a thrill when I can match a beer from the logs to a label.

Jiri Kunc -

Dear all,

I'm really sorry I'm teasing you for my interest in this hectic time. I'm sure, you receive a tons of similar requests, nevertheless I'm a 56 years old pensionary with a hard heart disease and I'm a beer labels and beer mat collector. I would appreciate you will find some time and send me some of your old or new labels and mats on below mentioned address.

I would wish all the best, mainly good health.

Your sincerely

Jiri Kunc
Mladoboleslavska 667
29421 Bela pod Bezdezem
Czech Republic