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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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Stan Hieronymus -

So eight is the new five?

Can I enter eight?

Alan -

Do you hereby solemnly swear that you in fact cannot count?

Jeff Alworth -

You know I can't count by looking at what I get paid to do for my day job: statistics.

FYI, as descriptions for those not familiar with the Oregon beer scene:
1) cherries in Double Mountain's kriek,
2) Double Mountain brewery,
3) l-r Rob Widmer, John Foyston (beer writer), and Fred Bowman (founder of MacTarnahan's),
4) FredFest in honor of Fred Eckhardt's 83rd birthday,
5) Astoria Brewing,
6) Skamania Lodge beer fest in the Columbia River Gorge,
7) beers at Cheers to Belgian Beers, one of the 3,219 Portland fests, and
8) my Honest Pint pic. You know all about the Honest Pint Project, right?!

Alan -

You had another. The secret #9. But it was not attached. I don't know what this means.

And fancy pants tag lines for photos will not sway me. The photo has to live on its own merits. Did you see that baby's face???

Stephen Beaumont -

A question, Alan: How come you're not talking about the hefty price tag attached to Tactical Nuclear Penguin?

Alan -

1. Because it is a bargain compared to Utopia?
2. I made an error by writing "insanely" when I meant to should have written "insane"?

But you are quite right. I dropped the ball. The price is insane. I can only point out that the eyeballs on that baby set off some very weird mojo.

Alan -

Roger may have allowed the smoke to clear in his head given the conclusion of his reply: "Lets be good, bibulous friends. Criticise by all means but let's keep the venom out of it."

Given he is the one who used the language he did, this is a bit ingenuous. As Grannie said, handsome is as handsome does.

Jeff Alworth -

And fancy pants tag lines for photos will not sway me. The photo has to live on its own merits.

I mainly contributed these because every other one of the 82 Portland beer bloggers had gotten in on it. I felt there was a certain incompleteness. Owing to my, er, modest photography skills, I was taking the opportunity to pimp Oregon. You see, this is what we Portland bloggers do best. Even Bill's dirt pile was boastful, saying as it did: "See, now this--this--is a dirt pile."

So I had to label them--for promotional purposes.

Jeff Alworth -

And I've completely forgotten what the ninth photo was. Probably the winner.

Alan -

Great googlyboogly! Pumping up the state. Excellent. I need more of that. More elbowing each other out of the way, shouting out that "I matter" in the swelling ocean of beer imagery and thought.

Just as long as you don't do what can now be called "a Protz" I am fine with it.

gyfdxdg -

ths is a wird website!