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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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Ian in Cowtown -

Hi Alan,

I'm still not sure what to make of non-alcoholic beer. The last one I tried was O'Doul's Amber and it was sufficiently beer-like to be tolerable. I recently spotted Erdinger Non-Alcohol Weissbier on the store shelves. I haven't bought it yet but it has captured my attention. It could be a nice, sober accompaniment to a sunny Sunday lunch.

Blending with the non-alcohol stuff with a 10% skull-splitter is an interesting proposal. I have small children, limited time to drink beer and need to be bright in the morning, so the 10% bomber is often too much beer for me. But would cutting a 10% beer get you any further ahead if you still drank the entire bottle? Sure you'd drink a greater volume of liquid but you'd still consume all the alcohol. Perhaps only drinking half the 10% stuff, capping the rest in a smaller bottle (to minimize oxygen exposure) and also drinking water on the side is a better solution?

Alan -

Well, if we face all the "good" beer being made at higher levels, I suppose that (in light of beer cocktails) we need a session strategy. These "shooter" beers which some brewers like BrewDog at least put in 12 oz bottles are largely unmanageable in the format as sold.

And isn't rebottling and recapping is asking to much for a consumer product. While maybe not an ultimately workable solution, at least blending and weakening provides that other factor that is what a session implies - time.

Which leads to the corollary - is beer really for sipping?

Knut Albert -

Erdinger has a decent non-alcoholic, and there are a few other Germans. St Georgen has a few which are quite all right.
It's like gluten free beers, most are downright nasty, but St Peters in England and one of the German breweries do fine versions.
Stricter laws for drinking and driving makes many go for alcohol free alternatives, at least for lunch. And if you dont want a sweet drink and dont want water, this can be an option.
As for the last question - some beers are for sipping. Other beers, like the best of the British and the Germans, are for large gulps from big glasses. Beer can be everything. Wine is just for dinner.

Ed -

I can't see alcohol free beer ever getting big, it's still too noticable, but there low alcohol might have more of a chance.

Phil Carney -

No alcohol is not what I want from a beer

mimi -

Hi! I wonder if anyone can help me!? My brother (a beer alcoholic - yes really!) will be coming over from New Zealand to attend a family party in June. He is pretty good if he sticks to beer around the 2% alcohol level. Could anyone suggest a decent beer/larger around that level that I could offer him during the party? Last time he visited, I (foolishly) tried to give him some alcohol free stuff and he immediately hit the hard (4-5% stuff) which was being served to other guests...and it all got a bit messy. Any suggestions welcome.
Many thanks!

Paul Neil -

Point NINE brewed by Sleaman was not bad tasting in my opion. But in there wisdom they have discontinued it!!!

Harley Dietrich -

I love beer, but recently I had a DVT (blood clot) in my leg and my doctor put me on a blood thinner. He also warned me about drinking any alcohol while on this drug. I tried many brands of NA beer and none seemed to measure up until I found Erdinger Non Alcoholic . It was a pleasure to drink. Now that I am off the drug, I can drink again, but I elect after a few regular beers to drink NA beer to prevent getting to drunk to drive. Erdinger is Great.

James Hedderich -

I have tried Erdingers NA beer and thought it excellent.

Where can I purchase it in Minneapolis MN?