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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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Josh -

Pyramid Apricot
Mint Juleps
and Pina Coladas.
In other words,
Things with ice!

Erich -

I agree with the Pyramid Apricot Ale. Went to Alefest (http://www.alefest.com/) in Chicago last weekend and that was the perfect summer beer. It scored pretty poorly on BeerAdvocate, but I liked it.

I only wish that I would have had a cool beer t-shirt to wear to Alefest. If only I had won a beer poetry contest and been promised a beer t-shirt. Oh, wait, I did. ;-)

Paul -

Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Pale Ale and India Ale. Either one will quench your thirst and wash the dust of the day, always with a clean finish.

Hunter -

So jealous, I wish that was my problem right now - it's 62 degrees and overcast where I am in England right now...

How about an American wheat? FFF Gumballhead or Sierra Nevada Wheat? Light and refreshing, but still delicious!

NorthCounty -

My favorite hot weather beer is Sierra Nevada so cold that it is forming ice on the top as you drink it. I am from Southern California, USA so we get plenty of hot summer days.

Alan -


I forgot to send the t-shirts!!!

Oops. Me fix that...

Thom -

It rarley gets stinking hot here in Ireland, but I'm partial to very cold pils of the bitterest kind when things warm up a little.

Ethan -

When it's really hot, something light but tart is especially quenching- I think Berliner Weisse fits the bill nicely. Dogfish Head's mutation (shocking, right?) of the style, Festina Peche, is an especially good choice, I think.

Jonathan -

While in the 'not beer' category, I've always found solace in a scalding mug of hot cocoa. Try it and let me know what you think. Works best with a scalding cup of egg drop soup.

Amy -

I think a shandy or panache is very nice. Both are beer and lemonade. At the Vermont Brewers Festival I had a Long Trail Belgian White which had a nice lemon taste. The key is that the drink be cold. In Europe they generally don't serve drinks over ice or very cold which is a problem. In China they drink hot drinks in the hot weather.

Knut Albert Solem -

I agree with Thom, a really crisp pilsener is just the thing.

Ian in Cowtown -

It's been a fairly crap summer here in Alberta so far, but is finally starting to warm up.

I also enjoy a nice bitter pilsener, as well as either a hefeweizen or a wit.
I had a great wit "Zon" from Boulevard Brewing after driving home from Drumheller yesterday. It really hit the spot!

Non-beer: Campari and Soda with plenty of ice.

Bill Boulden -

Although you guys will kill me for naming a lowbrow beer on this fancy beer blog, once the temperature gets above 90, I really have to go with simple Mexican or Mexican-styled beers. Corono, Dos Equis, and yes, even Miller Chill. I find it's impossible to really enjoy more subtle or tastier beers in the heat, where the doggone tiredness of the whole exercise obscures the good points of finer beers- not to mention they'll get warm much faster and therefore might be stanky by the last few sips.

Better to go with the unsubtle nature of a Miller Chill or Corona, which basically says in unambiguous terms, "Hi, I'm a beer. Also i have some lime in me. Doesn't that cool you off a little."


Alan -

That, Bill, is the testimony of an honest man. I quite agree...well, maybe not with Chill but the light Mexican brews are quite right for this time of year.

Aaron -

Kolsch! I find this style to satisfy my complex tastes and light and easy summer drinking... my current favorite is Summertime from Goose Island.... and does anyone remember the
crooked river kolsch from cleveland?

Aaron -

Oh yeah.... I've also been known to mix Bell's Oberon and iced tea.... mmm tasty

Brian -

Any light ale is preferred here in the Deep South (MS). I really just like a simple Sam Adams Pale or Summer if I can find it, but I'll usually just stop on the Sam Adams Light. That's about as high brow as we can get here :).