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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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Daron -

What ever makes you happy and grabs you, one of the most popular breweriana collectibles (& valuable) is old flat top and cone top beer cans. I myself prefer beer trays, labeled bottles & signs from my local closed breweries, they are nice and graphic and look great up on the wall of a home bar. They are usually affordable until you get to pre-prohibition category. Here's a great sampling of trays. www.trayman.net This guys collection is the envy of many collectors, me included. I know guys that just collect caps (cork lined) or just coasters or labels. A problem alot these clubs are now having is getting younger people interested in the hobby. I think it still goes back to the ongoing stigma that alcohol is bad. Like one of my fellow collectors said he used to get beer cans from a teacher of his who collected and he even brought them in for show in tell. It's hard to imagine someone doing this today. At 33 I'm the youngest collector I know. Most seem to be in there mid 50's-60's from a recent multi-state census by the ECBA. As a lover of vintage advertising and beer, collecting breweriana was a perfect fit.

John -

Do you know where the 2009 show will be held? I use to collect cans, bottles, caps, etc in the 80's and havn't been to a show in over 20 years.