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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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Steve -

If a micro-brewery, particularly a new startup, hasn't released something that's double-bourbon-imperial-oaked-aged on cask, then the rest of their beer lineup is basically ignored. Its also making it harder to go out for a "few pints" with friends. The only thing that may change this trend is that these beers are also more expensive, so the current economic situation may turn drinkers from the higher priced extreme beers back to a brewery's "regular" beers, but the most recent numbers don't seem to indicate that yet.

Matt -

I'm waiting for a brewery to release a world-class pale ale wrapped in a gaudy "dry-hopped, wet-hopped, and slightly-moist-hopped triple IPA" wrapper so that extremophiles can drink it and remember what beer tastes like. The two best beers I've had in the past 12 months were Mayflower Porter and Pretty Things Jack D'Or (American saison). Where can I buy tickets to PorterFest '09? Wait... What do you mean it doesn't exist?!

That said, my '05 Double Bastard tasted damned good when I cracked it open in January.