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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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Amy -

Alan - It depends on who the "you" is. I imagine most consumers of craft beer would be happy if popularity led to price reductions and wider availability. Similarly producers would be happy if popularity increased their sales and bottom line. There would always be people, however, who would equate popularity with a decrease in quality. This could be either real or perceived.

Jarhett -

I had a friend in college who was very into the "undergournd indie music movement." He liked alot of things my other friends and I had never heard of, and I think that's why he liked them. He got all upset when the bands he followed became mainstream, and called thier new fans "posers."
These habits always bugged me, but now I find myself in the same boat, I like being the only one of my friends who knows the intricacies and particularities of craft beer. Now while I am afraid this "potential hipness" will cause my interests to be seen as "trendy," I remember my friend from collage and suppose my official stance is Power to the "Posers!" It might actually do the craft beer world some good, and maybe the larger number of people who come to respect our interests more will allow us to ignore those who think less of us for the same. Either way I am not interested in switching hobbies.

Brendan -

As long as the "hip" bars push PBR at me we have nothing to fear.

Steve -

My preference is for better beer and more of it. I understand supply and demand, so I'm all for more people buying, drinking, and getting interested in craft beer.

Tonatiuh -

I wouldn't mind it one bit, because it would give me more oportunities, and places where to taste and buy a good beer, sometimes its hard to get a couple of good selections, if this lowers the price and widens the options i will gladly accept it.
And anyway the frenzy will go by and the same people that is drinking good beer today will keep drinking it afterward

Jennifer -

Well it probably lower the price so it would be a good thing.

Knut Albert Solem -

I had a collegue one who was into the underground music scene. He would never buy an advance ticket for a concert. If it was sold out on the night, the band would be too commercial for him...

But with craft beer getting more mainstream, there is more choice for me. More domestic craft beers, more imports. It that's the outcome, I just smile smugly when I hear the newly converted are preaching.

John -

Well, if we're going to use indie music scenes as the analogy, then I will put my two cents in. I'm old enough to have had to mailorder my punk/hardcore needs from catalogs I got in the mail if I couldn't find it in the few stores in the area that carried "alternative music". With the invention of the internet I saw the knowledge that took me so long to procure put up online and devalued in a few years.
Still consiering myself a "hardcore kid" (even when my niece is now going to shows and bars that I go to), I realize that in the end that people live within the same context to which they were originally worked into the mix of said niche culture. People who got into hardcore from the internet and didn't drive to shows 4 hours away to watch a band play for 30 minutes are the same people who will read a review of the band and praise it onlinie but will rarely venture out of their hometown to see them. In the end, the minimal amount of effort it took to be punk or hardcore is the maximum amount they're willing to put out on a regular basis. But don't get me wrong. I'm not the jaded guy in the back of the club. I have friends who are now MTV mainstays because the scene "blew up" and bands that played to two hundred are now playing to 25 thousand. I'm happy for them. They're putting out the same music I love but can actually move out of their parent's basement at 37 and buy a house!

Similarly, I feel people who were to suddenly get into the beer culture because they heard about it on Oprah are the same people who may have blogs of what their favorite beer are and maybe organizing a little oktoberfest in their little town...but aren't the ones who will be blogging about their 4 hour drive to do a 30-minute Ommegang tour, order GABF tickets and the 400 flight tickets needed to get there, or be taking beercations to Gent or Aying any time soon. But I will (and do) because I found the passion on my own. I guess my long winded point is that the people who jump on the bandwagon may affect prices but may not affect this culture. Sure it will be seen more, but like every fad it will burst and people will go back to considering sex appeal, "drinkabilty", and celebrity recognition as defining factors of beer.

As Boston Hardcore legends Ten Yard Fight said on their album "Hardcore Pride": I watched you come and I'll watch you go!!!