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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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Bill Night -

Easy. beermapping.com. Specifically the Mountain and South Central USA maps.

By the way, although I haven't been to this place myself, he may be very interested in visiting the small town of Krebs, Oklahoma to check out Choc Beer, which started as an Italian immigrant's Native American-style homebrew served at his restaurant 100 years ago. He might be able to swing that way while he's getting to or from Texas. Small town, lighter beers, Italian roots -- it seems like that's right up his alley.

Knut -

This is the gold standard of blog readers. We'll do anything for the Sergios!

bazin! -

Given that he'll be in so many states I don't know of a book that will provide him within enough good info. I agree to start with beermapping.com and recommend supplementing that info with brewery/bar reviews on ratebeer.com and beeradvocate.com. His english seems quite good and I would think he can navigate those sites and reviews easily enough.

After that, in Colorado there are many worthwhile stops in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver - it all just depends on his route.

Ron -

Most of the Texas info I have is word of mouth while living here. You'd think we could come up with a good list for him. The most famous would be the Shiner brewery in Shiner, TX. But I will list out my favorites other than the famous one.

Freetail Microbrewery in San Antonio
Dodging Duck Microbrewery in Boerne(outside of SA)
Real Ale Brewery in Blanco
St Arnold's in Houston
Rhar in Ft Worth

The first three are close together geographically and allow easy access to the Hill Country area which would probably be what he is after here. Great outdoor activities and scenery.

Alan -

Thanks, guys. Good ideas. Keep it coming if you have any hints.

Sergio -

Many thanks for this post Alan! And many thanks to you for the nice advises.

I didn't know beermapping.com and this is a great site.I'm looking at it while searching for reviews on beeradvocade.com and ratebeer.com.
The problem is that writing out all the breweries, addresses, opening hours is an inhuman work. Moreover, even if I already know where we'll stay and what places we'll visit, I don't know yet exactly our road plan, so it's hard to prearrange a breweries-map. So I need a beer-guide book or two.
As you could read I'll be in the USA for a six months' bouldering trip and bouldering entails lots of rest days...days that we'll spend hiking and searching for good beers.
For the first month I'll stay in Colorado, mostly around Boulder. For this area I have found this guide http://www.beerdrinkersguidetocolorado.com/Beer_Map/beermaporder.html that is perfect for me: light and essential. Is it a good one?
For the second month I'll stay in Utah, first in Moab (http://www.themoabbrewery.com/) and then in Joe's Valley, south of Salt Lake City. For this area I can write out the addresses (that are not so many).
The same for Idaho, Wyoming (I'll stay here for only ten days).
For California is different: I'll stay in the North for three weeks in October and for other three weeks in January and this state is filled with brewpubs. Is the Good Beer Guide West Coast (it also covers Nevada) a good choice? I would prefer a simple list with addresses of all California's brewpubs/breweries instead of a "chosen brewpub" book. Is there something like this?
After looking on the net it seems I'll have to write out also the addresses of the brewpubs in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois (I'll spend only 20 days in these states), Tennessee, Arkansas (a few brewpubs), Texas, near El Paso (a few), Arizona (Tucson and Flagstaff) and south New Mexico (http://www.highdesertbrewing.20megsfree.com/): I cannot go around with 14 books!

Now, speaking about beers and brewpubs I have a couple of questions. As Alan reported on his post I'm a fan of old fashioned Franconian country-breweries lagers and so, I'm really disoriented looking at brand new brewpubs brewing mostly ales. In Franconia most of the countryside breweries are very old and produce one or maximum two types of beer.
The new USA scene is different: brewpubs produce many types of beer (some of them are brewed using spices, fruit, vegetables etc...) they are often restaurant+brewery, grill+brewery, pizzeria+brewery etc. Very different from what I love and I'm used to.
This said, I know in the USA there's a different approach and that a huge range of beers doesn't mean low quality...I'm just asking you if there are some "rules" to choose the "right" american brewpub.

Many thanks to all of you!

Pok -

I recommend you ignore all recommendations and talk to as many people as you can while on the road and see what you can discover about beer or otherwise.
Go all Hemingway on it!

Yochanan Levin -

Sergio, come taste the best beer brewed in Israel from Lone Tree Brewery! Try Lone Tree Oatmeal Stout, Lone Tree Northern English Brown Ale, Lone Tree American Brown Ale (a cousin of the Northern English Brow Ale), Lone Tree California Steam Ale, and Lone Tree Piraat IPA. Sergio, you will not be disappointed . Also check out Lone Tree Brewery's Facebook page! We look forward to welcoming you to Israel and to Lone Tree Brewery!

Bob -

Hey Sergio,
I recently visited a lot of the same places you're about to. I'm sure some more stuff will come to mind, but you mentioned Flagstaff - there are 2 great bars downtown (Uptown Billiards and Mia's Lounge) both with upwards of 30 taps and a lot more bottles. Over-crowded on weekends, but otherwise good places to relax and chat with locals or whatever. The latter even has an attached convenience store with a great range of beers to go. I mostly found the Southwest a bit of a wasteland as far as beer variety goes, but maybe I didn't look hard enough.

You're quite possibly planning on it anyway, but you should definitely take a drive out to Sedona via Oak Creek Canyon. Spectacular country. Enjoy!

sergio -

Many thanks Bob!
Yes, I'm going to stay around Flagstaff for a week or so and yes, I have already planned to visit Oak Creek Canyon: it seems a very good place (filled with boulders too...).
<I recently visited a lot of the same places you're about to> for climbing?
As for beers I'll surely check out these two places...In fact I'm not really fascinated by beer-bars as, at least here in Europe, I'm in love with small brewpubs. But, reading on the web, I've found out that beer-bars are a basic part of American beer culture and so I'm planning to visit some of them too. So, your suggestions are perfect.
Again, many thanks.

<talk to as many people as you can while on the road and see what you can discover about beer or otherwise.
Go all Hemingway on it!> For sure Pok!