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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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rompinreggie -

Alan, You, along with our local wine experts, have devolped amazing beaks. Our wine guys, match each wine up with lamb, suckling pig, fresh side stripped prawns, etc. To have a nose like you must be incredible. I have never smelt licorice, black cherry, apple, chesnut, nor Thompson raison under any beer caps I have come across. To actually be able to pick out the strain or breed of the grape that made the raison is truly an unbelievable talent. To me, it is as amazing as Susan Boyle. How do you do it?

Alan -

Thanks Ronnie - you know what is part of my trick? Buying dry fruit at the health food store. There is a huge difference between the Thompson rising taste in brown ales and the sultana raisin you get in pale ales. Similarly, a fig is not a fig and a date is not a date or one apple like the next. So if you get into that sort of stuff you build up a lexicon of diverse flavours.

rompinreggie -

Your explanation is acceptable. My wife has your kind of smell, intense, and normally spot on. Me? I just can't differentiate a Bellhaven St. Andrews Ale from the odour of an open can of Bud Light.