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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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Brother Iain -

Exhale after sipping?

I prefer simply to pee.

ethan -

Stunningly weird. Why would you ever want to separate any food from consumption? Alcohol is half the fun!

Nevermind that taste is a finnicky thing, but this is just a silly way to "enjoy" beer. Alcohol has ever been a social beverage -- what's the incentive to change that?

the rabbi -

I agree with Ethan, taste is finnicky. Mine changes with the seasons. And "we don't care if you like it or not" says "we and the beer are better than you, you are shit, and you=money". Disgusting.

Wahoo -

Another element of beer tasting is the tendancy to consume small quantities of a large number of beers. Over the past few years with my group of friends, we tend to split 22 oz bottles amongst four, five, or six people... moving from beer to beer without getting the level of comfort with the beer that you get when you consume one or more full pints of it.

I do like tasting, but drinking should not always be in beer-festival format. Maybe I'll pour a liter of dunkel during the final four this weekend.

Ultimately, beer IS about drinking, not about tasting.

birra -

"Ultimately, beer IS about drinking, not about tasting". Is drinking and tasting a beer, mutually exclusive?

Greg Clow -

Personally, I think that tasting beer (as in: "let's carefully taste and analyse this beer") and drinking beer (as in: "let's throw back a pint or two") both have their place. I enjoy both ways of consuming beer, and both of them are important to me for different reasons.

That said: I think the most ironic thing about the article is that it was written based on a beer tasting event hosted by Molson last week to promote their Rickards Red and White products - i.e. two fairly mainstream beers that are really more of the drinking than tasting sort.

In other words, this was a case of a large brewery of mainstream suds trying to hop on the "beer is the new wine" bandwagon, and getting coverage from a few mainstream press outlets.

And I still can't quite understand what the "We don’t care if you like it or not” quote is supposed to mean...

Alan -

Maybe because its Rickards!

Alan -

... and I clearly also do like to think about the flavours of beer but, as with ticking, I am also less interested in pairing with food and other gastronomic turns. But there is nothing wrong with those things. Yet if this story were actually what "tasting" is, well, then I want none of it.