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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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Troy -

Alan - thanks for the kind words regarding the magazine. It has been a lot of hard work re-branding the whole image and getting the magazine to where it should be. It has been a lot of fun, but a learning curve at the same time.

I enjoyed reading your perspective on us not fearing the macro's. All the people involved in the magazine want it to capture ALL brewing news, not just the smaller players (but there is a stronger interest in craft breweries from a magazine point of view) as the Beer Store's CHILL offers Labatt, Molson's and Sleeman's that platform.

As for your comment on the ad's; much appreciated. We have tried, and I can't stress that enough. We are continuing to talk to people in the industry on a daily basis but things are slow. It took a while to shed the old reputation of the magazine so some people have decided to wait to see where actually we'll take it.

**If anyone is interested in advertising, you can shoot me an email at troy@tapsmedia.ca and we'll talk.

Alan -

Thanks to you and do let me know what I can do to help.

Libarbarian -

I finally picked up a copy of Taps. Pretty decent I thought. As a westerner it was nice to see a piece on beer in the Rockies (although it is clear the writer may not have visited many of the spots - "A visit to the Jasper Brewpub after a day on the slopes will be welcomed." I'm not sure what tense "will be welcomed" is but I'm pretty sure it means "gosh it'd be nice to go there".)

Instant turn-off: big ad on page 3 "Available for a limited time at your local LCBO" Anything calling itself "Canada's Beer Magazine" HAS to ditch the LCBO references (there's more in the body of the magazine, including editorial content).

Stephen Beaumont calling Montreal Canada's best beer city. Provocative! And wrong.