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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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Knut Albert Solem -

We want it all. We want tasty session beers, we want crisp lagers, we want American extreme beers we want Belgian beers hidden in cellars for decades.
Yes, we want the Easter bonnet parade, but that's not all we want!

Jeff Alworth -

I don't really understand Ron's quote. If he doesn't want innovative beer, fair enough. More important: by dint of all the excitement innovative breweries are stirring up (in the US, UK, Belgium, and Scandinavia), the market remains healthy. Healthy markets mean good beer sells. Good beer selling well means Ron's mild thrives. Variety doesn't mean he has to drink anything--it means he has the choice.

(And the worshiping business--does anyone do that? I was under the impression they worshiped beer bloggers.

Alan -

Well, there has been the rock star and celebrity thing so someone has been stoking the idea of the secular priesthood. But Ron clarified somewhere today... here it is.

This discussion is getting all cross-bloggy and very busy. Not as busy as mild production, though. I don't think I can agree that mild is thriving in good beer culture.

Ron Pattinson -

Jeff, what I meant was just because a beer is "innovative" doesn't make good or make me want to drink it. I'd rather a beer I actually like the taste of.

Ron Pattinson -

Mild isn't thriving, BTW. I wish it were. And more "innovative" beers isn't likely to change that.

Jeff Alworth -

Ron, I do grasp your point, and it's worth a little pushback from time to time on the furor. (I got in big trouble once expressing a similar apostasy that I had directed at Sam Calagione.) FWIW, milds, one of the few styles never brewed in my neck of the woods (US's NW), are making a tiny appearance. A niche market of folks like you (and me) who love elegant, small beers may be appearing as a kind of shadow to the piercing sunshine of the over-hopped imperials. But it's apparently a regional phenomenon.

Alan -

There was a good mild made at Bar Harbor Maine but I am not sure that it is still produced.

dave -

Harbor Lighthouse Ale by Bar Harbor Brewing is the beer I believe you are thinking of Alan. I had it a little over a year ago and it hit the spot (and so did Cadillac Mountain Stout). It seems the Harbor Lighthouse Ale has become a "small batch series" beer since Atlantic Brewing's take over of Bar Harbor Brewing.

I keep hoping the mild style will take off just like "barrel aging", "imperializing", and "doing a take on the Saison style". A man can dream right?