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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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Fatman -

The british pub industry has brought this on themselves:

1. Most pub companies are really property owners and aren't exposed to a declining trade.
2. The multinational brewers are happy to advertise their products in the house as they see off sales rising.
3. No government wants to encourage people to gather, drink alcohol and compare notes in a hot bed of sedition.

But most importantly, the industry didn't, and doesn't (as a whole) properly support one element you can't get in the supermarket (apart from good company) and that is a proper pint of cask conditioned ale.

Paul Garrard -

Only 40% of pubs stock real ale in the UK and real ale drinkers only account for 15% of pub goers. So if they are relying on us they have a problem.

Perhaps the pub industry needs to take a leaf out of the cinema trade. Radio and telly were going to kill off 'the pictures' when I was a lad, and they nearly did. Now they are in a very strong position despite dvds & film on demand.

If going to the pub is an enjoyable experience people will cross the threshold and part with good money. Also, it can't be a 'one size fits all' solution.

Stonch -

"Only 40% of pubs stock real ale in the UK"

Where does that statistic come from? I'd be interested to see the source. So many of these stats don't take into account what a "pub" actually is - we all have our own definitions but there is broad consensus and a relatively small grey area. Are all licensed premises included? Are bars - where you wouldn't expect to find cask ale - included?

Bailey -

"If going to the pub is an enjoyable experience people will cross the threshold and part with good money."

Paul -- bang on. The days when people had no real choice but to drink in the pub are gone, as are the days when people would go to the pub nearest them without question. Pubs are in competition with other forms of entertainment, other outlets for booze (drinking at home isn't always a deeply miserable experience, depending on the company and context), and with each other. So, a few of them need to up their game or go to the wall.

Paul Garrard -

Stonch, the figure comes from a recent CAMRA press release, unfortunately they don't clarify the term pub. It could be argued it isn't a pub at all if it doesn't serve real ale! You can do anything with statistics. The point I was trying to make was that more people of all persuations need to be enticed back into pubs.