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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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Brian Yaeger -

Alan, Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet was the best-selling album of 1987, so possibly "Livin' on a Prayer" was the ubiquitous radio tune. I'm sorry for hurting your brain. I devised this topic A) b/c I love travel and beer; B) because I was advised against making it about homebrew; and C) because I'm one of the few non-lawyers in my family so it must've rubbed off. See, there I go again with a 3-parter.

But the whole third bullet is entirely your fault! I added that to force people to write not just about the going, but about the beer.

Alan -

My brain is easily hurt so don't mind me. But I had no idea in 1986 or 87 that this session was coming up! How was I to know I would need a beer tasting note 23 years later?? The post triggered a fun memory so that makes it very much worthwhile.

Alan -

And what is this about being advised against home brewing?? That is exactly the topic we need some month.

Brian Yaeger -

As I commented on Stan's page, our man Jay ill-advised the homebrew topic. I suggested that in honor of the National Homebrewers Conference in Oakland, my Session topic will be homebrews (to be fleshed out, but basically something that those who brew or those that simply have friends who brew can write about. Anyone who blogs about beer likely fits into one of those 2 categories. Or needs to make new friends in a hurry.)

But since I think everyone should travel more, and so long as you're doing it why not check out the local beers, I went to the other extreme.

Alan -

It may be that you are unaware of Jeffery of Stonch's Beer Blog fame actually traveled with his home brew once. Maybe that is the next topic needing exploring!