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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Frank McDonald -

Lots of beer at the corner stores here in Newfoundland. Just none of that nasty stuff from mainland Canada or elsewhere. We are lovingly protected from imports.
I just returned from the Mondial De La Biere in Montreal. Lots of great beers available at corner stores and supermarket there. But they have some moronic beer laws as well. I wasn't allowed to exit the Mondial grounds with an empty beer sampling glass unless I placed the empty glass in a plastic bag.
"It really does wear on a person living in a paternalistic land". I agree with you there.

Chris -

The brewers who own the Beer Monopoly Store in Ontario know what's best for us. Too bad I don't agree with them. They drove me to make my own beer and I haven't thanked them yet.

Todd Kuipers -

You ask: "What character failures are we so accustomed to that to deny or to try to overcome it is a danger needing state intervention?"

It's failure to keep special interests from bloating the size of government. It's a failure to separate the taxation of a product from the distribution of the product. And it's a general belief by the population that the government has our best interests in mind when they regulate things.

I do note that this dovetails nicely with your post on the ECBU beer manifesto. The ECBU has some solid ideas in mind with their manifesto.

At point that such a manifesto would be taken up by the EU for implementation, you'd end up with a (remotely possibly) well meaning person equating "help for alcoholism" as "let's strictly take control of the distribution and sale of all alcohol." Or, "let's maintain the quality of life in the countryside by maintaining quaint pubs" altering to "let's tax urban pubs more heaviliy to subsidize this country pub that has no clients (quite possibly because of poor food/service or no actual clientel)," leaving urban pubs at a subsidization disadvantage.

I tend to be wary of the implementation of such things.

And Alan, thanks for the excellent blog - it's always worth a read!