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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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Thomas -

Well North America is made of 3 seperate nations with seperate regulator systems. The EU is while made of seperate nations in theory is working for a single infied government so until we move to such a system I don't think the idea would really fly.

That said I think this is the role the AHA currently serves in the US and while I know they have members in other countries it has seemed to me that they really have no interest in a more international tackling issues, they have enough battles to keep them busy stateside.

Buttle -

"Protect our heritage" isn't the rallying cry in North America as it is in Europe. What would we protect in the US: Schaeffer's? Sierra Nevada Pale Ale?

Also, in the US at least, the attitude is that the market dictates. You want to "ensure there will still be a wide choice of craft brewed beers available for future generations"? Buy their stuff. A consumer group would either be a minority scene of "beer geeks," or would represent all the Bud/Molson/Corona drinkers, who don't give a damn about big corporations contorlling so much of the market.

Alan -

Hey - the new format is up! Let me find my way around...

Donavan -

We (a few of my buddies) started a "consumer group" here on Long Island (beermalt.org). We're still working out exactly what our mission is, but CAMRA is something of an inspiration if not the model (they seem a bit uptight). The amateur craftbrewers are well organized and have many things going on, but there was a lack of beer focused activity for the craft beer drinkers who are primarily interested in drinking good beer rather than brewing it themselves. We would like to help launch and support new breweries here on Long Island. We've adopted Blind Bat Brewery and hopefully with a little grassroots drinking will make that fledgling enterprise a success. Cheers!

Alan -

Hey Donavan! That is a good point. One success of CAMRA is certainly the local branches that do much of the heavy lifting.

Alan -

I already started CAMWA and that occupied most of my spare time.