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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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Anthony Legge -

RIP Greg, the knowledge you passed on to me and others will imortalize you.

Thomas Cizauskas -

Wonderful memories, Alan. Remembering the pioneers and their struggles and victories makes the beer taste that much better.Greg Noonan's 'Brewing Lager Beer' was my homebrewing bible. I merely adjusted the temperatures accordingly for ales.

Alan -

A lot of great brewers and fans of the VPB are sharing their memories of Greg Noonan at BA but this tribute from a neighbour says as much as any about the sort of guy he was:

"...One morning he called me at around 5:30 to say that someone's boat had broken loose from its mooring and beached itself. He put on his wetsuit, ran his jet ski over to the beach and towed the boat back to its mooring after I shimmied it off the rocks. He had no idea whose boat it was, nor did he care. I told him later that the guy had tracked me down to thank us for saving his boat from grinding itself to dust on the rocks, he just said "oh cool," never asked the guy's name. He spent the better part of an hour splashing freezing cold water on himself at dawn for some stranger, and never even went looking for a thank you...."

Alan -

And here is his obit in the Burlington Free Press.

charlie Champene -

I think it has not yet hit me the impact Greg’s death will have. As his summer time neighbor on the lake I can recall many nights of chats. I remember the day I told him I was starting to brew with a cheap Mr. Beer kit. He said that’s a good place to start but its hard to grow with kit beer, if you want to live just jump in. I think I will miss his laid back smile, willingness to listen to any story and extreme generosity the most. There will be a large empty hole when my wife and I go out to the lake this summer. I will miss you Greg and suddenly wish I had more time to chat good bye my friend.

Alan -

Stan has a fine tribute with a bittersweet note about missing an opportunity.