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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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Matt Shaw -

Brilliant article. I didn't participate in last night's #ttl, but I did drop in here and there to see how things were going. I'll definitely be participating in the next one. Old-fashioned ideas of conviviality be damned; enjoying a pint with fellow beer-lovers is enjoyable no matter how you do it.

Nicolas -

It is a nice thing that "beer people" are interested in new IT. People, like bloggers, shoud be more open minded to beer.

Jay Brooks -

For my part, I thought it was largely a success as well and I'm glad I agreed to co-host. Alan, I think you captured the spirit nicely when you said it was "like being in a crowd at a beer fest," because that's exactly how it felt. With thoughts swirling around and with multiple threads of conversations going on at the same time, it DID feel crowded. At times I felt like I was eavesdropping and other times I was struggling to keep up with three or four conversations I was involved in. I was surprised by the pace of it all and that at times it was exhilarating. That was unexpected, but pleasantly so. Further experiments are definitely in order.

Scott-TheBrewClub -

I think its a great idea, and while I missed this one I hope to be involved in the next TTL event. Hopefully, I have a better grip on Twitter by then too!


Chris Scott -

Alan, thanks for the writeup. I ended up missing this and really wanted to take part but completely forgot I was going to be camping that night when I signed up. Good to hear that it went well and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Bob Brewer -

Hallelujah and Bummer! Thanks for finally making this work!....though I didn't know anything about it. In addition to Twitter, might something like a shared google doc spreadsheet and powerpoint presentation work? The moderator could prepare a powerpoint in advance so everyone would know the beers they are drinking and something about them. At the time of the tasting, participants could enter their comments on a spreadsheet (scoring sheet) which would be revealed during or after the tasting. Participants could see how their pallet compares with others. Please clue me in the next time you do this.