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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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Knut Albert -

I won't - at least not for now - give any of these sites my details just to have a peek at the contents. There is a beer information overload right now, there is even more quality beer writing than I can handle. I think both connoisseurs are about two years too late.
My favourite beer forum has to be truly international, run from the bottom up and dominated by informed and friendly people. I don't mind them being slightly intoxicated at times. I'm all right with ratebeer and the Norwegian Friends of Nøgne ø forum.

Barry (Adeptus) -

Well, at least they helpfully point out the dangers of posting on an forum. If I'd known that before, I'd never have signed up to any of them! :P

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Barry (Adeptus) -

I hope I'm not ridiculed for mistyping "an forum" instead of "a forum" ;)

Alan -

Only if you want to be ridiculed. After my whole Duval / Duvel thing I am smarting myself.

Knut makes a good point about beer information overload. There seems to be a lot of trying to get a piece of a pie and creating a niche around it rather than responding to demand. I got a link to something about craft beer and outdoor life yesterday and another about beer and travel. Don't get me started on the fine diner's usurpation of good beer through pairing.

Who really wakes up and says "Today, I am going to have a damn good food pairing" anyway? What next? The necessary lighting for beer? I read something about holding a tasting (which I think is a pairing without the food) and it warned against having flowers about the house for frig's sake.

Barry (Adeptus) -

I'm half tempted to sign up for a year, just to see what the printed version is like. However, I don't like that there's pretty much zero open access content on their website. I see they've opened the forum up, but it's horrible in terms of the interface.

And why would I even consider signing up? As Knut says, there's a beer information overload -- and I'd like to think contributing to it in my own little way -- but sometimes it'd be nice to sit out back with a beer or a cigar and flick through a dead tree covered in beer porn. I've plenty of beer (mostly brewing) books, but are there any real quality beer publications out there that have decent content that you can't find on the web? One that doesn't describe itself as "the vangaurd [sic] magazine for the elite epicurean of beer"? I mean, come on!