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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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P of K -

The local beer heritage angle always works for me. It's interesting to know what people like me were drinking back in 1840, who made it and where they got their ingredients - and whether a good example of the style still exists.

Your man in Moscow -

I'm with P of K. I'd even add some local brewery history. I was astonished to find an old picture of a brewery in an area of Alexandria, VA (Rosslyn) that I had no idea ever existed.

Also, being a fan of pairing, I'd give them some simple rules for pairings, as that's a question that I get from neophytes. (I am still learning this skill, and have only simple answers for them, like a high-hopped IPA for Indian food and a yummy belgian ale with a steak.)

Good luck. Look forward to hearing how it went.

Alan -

It went well. A bit overwhelming in the end and I learned you need to drink water when you are public speaking about beer just as with any other topic. Biggest hit was rauchbier as the chefs present saw a million opportunities.

A follow up is planned.