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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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Bob -

I'm only on my second issue of Beeradvocate, but I couldn't agree with you more. \m/

Shawn, the Beer Philosopher -

Alan,

Your analysis of BA magazine is spot on, in my opinion. You nailed the ups and the downs very accurately. As a "founding" subscriber, I find the most value in the editorial columns and the reviews as well. Most of the other news and info, as you point out, is generally outdated by the time the magazine is printed - a problem inherent to the medium itself. I'd also like to see a little more regional coverage, especially in the Midwest but I am, admittedly, biased in that regard.

You're a little kinder to the Alstrom bros. than I'm inclined to be. Though I've never met them in person, I have found their communication skills via the website to leave a little something to be desired. Suffice to say, a little more courtesy and humility mixed with a little less "punk ass-itude" would be a welcome development. I could very well be wrong about 'em and they're the nicest guys in the world ... but this is what I've taken away so far.

My two cents.

Alan -

Good comments. I suppose that even though I am now 45, look totally Dad, about 50 lbs too heavy, wear golf shirts, fret about home repairs and like to nap, I take solace in the fact that I was 14 in 1977 I bought my punk records when they were first released. I was a small town version of a brainy little punk shit when it was not neato. 31 years later, it all seems a bit Thomas the Tank Engine if you know what I mean and, as such, something of a fond recollection of now past youth so I don't mind that much.

Zack -

Haven't read one in a bit, but I do remember them having some editing issues. I loved the content, but it always seemed plagued by typos and other errors. They may have cleaned that problem up in the past year though...

Jay -

I generally agree with you. I would say, though, that I'm a much bigger fan of the articles about pairing beer and food. And it just can't be/become a magazine about home brewing. That wouldn't be interesting to most of us.

Most of all, the Alstroms need a copy editor! Some of the issues have had a ridiculous number of errors....

Alan -

Hey - I only suggested that food pairing and home brewing were at best equivalents, not that it would be BeerYouMakeAdvocate! ;-)

Stonch -

On a side note, here in the UK CAMRA are relaunching their print output. Up until now there's been a centre supplement section called "BEER" in the monthly newspaper What's Brewing? That's being spun out into a quarterly glossy magazine with revamped content.

Jim -

A little late to the party, but better late than never. Your analysis is exactly how I feel about it. It's a good quality magazine, but I feel like even in their second year, they're still going through the same pains they did in the first. They've figured some things out, but it hasn't evolved much. I'm looking forward to my third year as a subscriber coming up.

As for the food vs homebrewing, they should be equals. We don't need full articles about food in every issue. A simple column would suit it better with maybe a quarterly full article to cover each of the seasons.

I'd also like to see more articles about breweries doing something innovative or something new. My favorite feature was the one about Allagash and their foray into lambics and spontaneous fermentation. It needs more of that.

The news section can stay or go, doesn't matter much to me. I read it, and while at least one of the stories is old news, some of them are interesting, especially when they're local to somewhere and don't get a lot of attention on the blogs.

Anthony Pittarelli -

wow i had no idea this magazine existed at all!! THis is fantastic!! the full article about food should be about how beer is food btw :)