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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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KB -

I agree - better many watering holes with some good beer than one spot with lots.

I was at a local taproom the other day. Dozens of taps. Lots of great beers. But in the end it left me underwhelmed. I was expecting something magical, but even though there were so many taps, there was nothing new, and I felt a little let down by the whole thing.

I'd much rather have every restaurant have one beer that I'd be interested in drinking, instead of one bar having so many beers that I'd like to drink.

Steve -

I agree with your sentiments in the post, but I don't know about the question you pose. I don't think it has to be an either/or. Yes, it's a hypothetical "would you rather," but in the real world, I think restaurants with several [good] taps raise the tide for all.

And you answer your question, I would opt for the one restaurant with 23 taps... I just hope they have really great food, or the other 22 restaurants have a good bottle selection ;)

Pivní Filosof -

"we need less of the "that saison goes with this scallop mousse" stuff and more of the message that good beer is normal"...

Totally agree (unless you're specifically speaking about beer and food pairings, he!). If a reader doesn't know what, in this case, a Saison is little sense a praise like that will make to them.

As for the main topic. Also agree. I prefer to have more places with fewer good beers than one with a lot. Besides, having so much to choose from (provided that most taps don't have the same sort of beer, as it often happens) can intimidate many people ending up on them choosing "just something they know", also it can be a problem for the staff to properly know what they are serving.

Knut Albert Solem -

Remember that the first dozen beers on tap tend to be boring macros, it's the next 11 who will be interesting!

Knut Albert Solem -

But after reading the review, I would be happy to go there even with a more limited beer selection!

Shamas -

The closest bar to my house with decent beers has probably 14 or more taps. 2 of them are Guinness. 2 of them are HARP, 2 of them are Smithwicks. Bass, Stella, Coors Light, Blue Moon, and (sometimes 2) Sam Adams round out the list until you get to the 2 or 3 micro taps. Seems like a waste, especially considering the redundancy in their selection.

Thomas Cizauskas -

Well stated, Alan.

Here's for more neighborhood bars with good beer options. More of those = fewer temptations to drive somewhere for beer. Social benefit and lower-carbon (ugh) footprint.

Jo -

I surely think it's better to have one bar with 23 good taps, does anyone agree?! It's comforting to be in a place and know you have a variety, and I guess you will just always go back to that one bar? I think you are more likely to get bored of one beer in many different bars than of one bar with a selection of great beers.. or is that just greedy?!

Alan -

Just to restate the ground rules seeing as so many are commenting, I was thinking taps would be "good and interesting and different beers" across my hypothetical town. If, for example, I want Greek or Indian food I should have good beer there, too.