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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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PofK -

"at least when the alcohol of choice is beer or liquor". Was the study by chance financed by Big Wine?

Tim -

PofK, I had that same thought, but not the motivation to look into the matter.

As for the cancer, somethin' is going to kill ya, might as well enjoy some tasty beer along the way.

rompinreggie -

I'm 61 years of age, and according to the scientific balderdash that comes from Montreal, I should have been deader than a door nail when the Wondering Wilburries brought out their first album. I would say, stay clear of hard liquor, and you all know what I am referring to. Occaisional wine douses may not hurt, in fact oxidate one, but beer? ney, I say. The guy that did the survey is full of prunes.

AbecedariusRex -

I agree with Tim. There's a study showing that everything will eventually kill you expect eating raw sawdust and drinking distilled water. Hell, there's probably some study showing that life itself kills you. So what do you do? Moderation.
As a man comes, so he departs,
and what does he gain,
since he toils for the wind?
All his days he eats in darkness,
with great frustration, affliction and anger.
Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot.

Alan -

There you go. Big wine and Biblical wisdom. Though I do like prunes.

Ian in Cowtown -

"When I read about the dangers of drinking... I gave up reading" - Henny Youngman

Dave S -

Darn it, Gosh Darnit, Dagnabit!

C'mon, the news story about the "study" is meaningless. The "study" itself, who knows?

"Benedetti, the lead author of the study, said that the lifestyle of a drinker was also considered. She explained that increased alcohol consumption is more often associated with bad eating habits, education level, socio-economic status, and smoking.

"We have attempted to take these confounding factors into account and adjust whatever ways we could. It's possible that there are some, like exercise, that we're not catching. But we think we did a pretty good job in controlling the others," she said."

Or not. I say.

Martin -

Agreed with Dave S. There's something up with this study. I can't see why beer would cause cancer. I really doubt they controlled for all factors. I don't buy it.

Also, another factor I can think of is whether or not the beer is macrobrewed or microbrewed. Microbrewed would be better for you (I would think) since it's less processed, more personal interaction with ingredients, etc.