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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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Maureen Ogle -

So..... maybe it's time to stop identifying Pete as a "beer writer"? 'Cause maybe he, like, say, P.D. James or Dorothy Sayers or Elizabeth George, has transcended his genre?

Alan -

Yes, you could - but then you have the problem encapsulated in the mild Canadian slur "Junior B." A phrase of general application relating to the second or third best developmental hockey league, a means half-assed.

[To certain female friends of mine, it also meant that hairstyle others call the mullet. In their hands it conveyed the image of the drunk hockey player hitting on them at the bar only to be frosted.]

Tangent aside, rather than considering beer writing something outgrows when one grows up, it might point to the problem of "beer writer" as a concept in itself. One writes well or one does not.

So maybe I think 2009 was the year that Pete's writings on beer stood out.