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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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Ed Carson -

Two things come to mind: 1) If they are trading wheat and wheat flour with NYC, then they maybe getting barley from elsewhere. Empty jachts do no one any good., and 2) I found this quote looking for something else: " In Albany, which in former times had a very good reputation for its beer, the first brewery of modern times was established in 1796 by James Boyd. This first brewery in Albany was able to turn out 4,000 barrels a year"(The brewing industry and the brewery workers' movement in America By Hermann Schlüter,pg.45) It seems that war was not good for beer here.

Alan -

I don't know about "of modern times", Ed, as there are plenty of references to brewing back into the 1600s in Albany. And even if that is the case, I think it is likely that they were brewing with the wheat malt they made. I wondered this morning on the drive in if they might even be distilling. These were the Dutch after all.

But I take your point about the return shipments. That is something that a reasonable supply of three hundred year old shipping way bills would answer.... now if I could just find them!

Ed Carson -

For Mr Schlüter, "modern times" seems to have started around the founding of the US Federal Government. He may been working from Federal tax records.
A Person of Interest to pursue might be Hendrick Frey. He was a German miller and politician close to the Johnson's.

Ed Carson -

And a Albany "tarwebok" sounds tasty!

Alan -

Isn't it an interesting idea - a strong wheat ale no one has remembered.

While it won't get me into the 1700s, I am going to see if I can find anything through the NY Agricultural Society which first met in Albany in 1832 - right when my new hero Charles H. Haswell was calling Albany ale "a mighty good drink." I wonder what he may have meant by "mighty"!