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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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The Beer Nut -

I know a country with a very similar attitude to its crappy beer from foreign-owned macrobreweries.

Happy Canada Day!

Alan -

I partially have to eat my words as I found myself in a multi-generational scene at the woodland lake cottage of a friend, a family who had a deed to their land that was acquired off the First Nation that originally owned the area. A archtypical Canadian scene. The WWII navy vet to my side had a Southern Tier IPA and enjoyed it greatly. Another person pulled out a kreik while another called Guinness his old standby. Sure there were coolers, too, and buck a beer brew as well but plenty of open minds for great ale.

Ed Carson -

I'm sorry,but I seemed to have missed the memo. When did it stop being Dominion Day?

Ethan -

Back Atcha!

I spent the morning of Canada Day in Toronto (strangely empty, I have to say), including lunch at the Beer Bistro. Scrumptious. I did not, however, have a Canadian beer with my burger- I opted for a funky Bam Biere from Jolly Pumpkin.

However, Canada Day eve certainly helped me get my Canada on. A fantastic cask ESB at C'est What?, a number of Blues, and another cask ale at Volo; all 'local'

Oddly enough, I'm going to be celebrating the 4th of July in Canada, too.

Alan -

Fantastic. I'd say you are secretly sorry for the whole 1775 to 1814 thing, right?

If you mean Labatt Blue, didn't that Toronto factory (the only word for it) shut some time ago - were would that be from?

I had beer from New York, New Hampshire and New Jersey on Canada Day to celebrate the home colonies of all my fellow Loyalist refugee Kingstonians.

Ethan -

To be honest, in many respects, I'd rather be Canadian. My mom still carries her CA passport, (even though she's lived in the US since age 9, she's 60-something now), and I live in a border town... so I guess that's as close as I'm likely to come.

That said, I have been known to opine that you all should finish the job and get that lady off your stamps and coinage. :) I'd like to see a portrait of Wayne Gretzky on your biggest bill.

Blue = Labatt Blue, naturally. Buffalo is home of the US HQ, and we're their best market outside of CA: Labatt actually beats Bud in the area! I actually prefer Molson for that style of beer, but hey: the Phoenix Concert Theatre apparently saved all the Canadian for the band and none for me. I'm not sure where Blue is made now, I meant local to be interpreted loosely.

When I go to a place like C'est What? and think of all the beers I can't get here, it makes me sad. OTOH, another dandy excuse to drive west. er, then north... then easterly.

Alan -

The reverse works for me with the BLue Tusk in Syracuse. I suppose that is what makes our respective lives on each side of our shared border more rich than living in the heartland of a nation. I used to live on PEI, which is a seven hours drive to Houton ME...which is itself not much to write home about. This is better.

And I have the same experience when I drive north-east to go south to Canton NY when I am travelling up that way...

Boak -

There were some Canada day celebrations in London, too - I think mostly sponsored by the Canadian tourist board. I noticed one set of Canadians drinking Sleemans and overheard another couple discussing how great Canadian beer was.