A Good Beer Blog


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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Randy -

Great post. I saw your tweet regarding Rob Tod serving you yesterday and it reminded me that I had a bottle of Black languishing away in the "beer cellar". I will be visiting Allagash in late August and am really looking forward to it.

I was also thinking last night or early this morning about "vintage". I was thinking about how everyone claims how great grapes are from one year to the next in wine. It got me thinking that we already know hops vary from year to year and I would imagine that there is perhaps a more subtle variation in the grains. I suppose vertical tastings are the only way to really notice the differences but as we know the flavors of a beer change over time as well so you really don't have the ability to truly compare.

So, will we ever say that the 2008 Curieux was a good vintage? Who knows. I'll keep trying however!

Bailey -

You're no slouch on the writing front.

We often wonder why we blog, too. We're not trying to become "beer writers", we know nowt and we've never broken an item of news as far as I know. I think our motivation is that maintaining a blog gives us a reason to go out of our way. It would be very easy to go to our local and drink the same beers week, week out, but knowing that we need material gives us that little shove we need to travel to York, Derby, Unterzauensbach, or wherever, to seek out some daft beer or other. It's for our own benefit, no-one else's.

Alan -

Good point. Sometimes I think the beer causes the blogging but maybe if I didn't bloggy beer hound so much I would have poorer beer in my life. And that would be sad.