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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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Velky Al -

A washed out August day? Ideal weather for a "rezane pivo", half Pilsner, half dark lager - a smooth, deep red beer with just enough caramel to be soothing and a bitter edge for refreshment.

dave -

Porters are all the time, any time! I was drinking some McNeill's Pullman's Porter a couple days back (which does have that great sour tang).

The rain is really crap. Hasn't done the "multiple days of rain" thing in quite some time.

Alan -

Having another after the drive up to Portsmouth New Hampshire. Is a beer no longer local after you take it for a drive for four hours? Anyway, lots of cocoa and date and black rummy notes in there. A very fine porter even if not an old school soured one.

Jeff Alworth -

What beer goes with non-stop rain? Oregon beer, obviously.

Mayday Malone -

I enjoyed meeting you, Alan, and thanks for the beer and the books. When the rain finally cleared we had dinner at the British Brewing Company in Falmouth. I had the Cape Cod IPA and it was terrific. The missus and I returned later that night when the kids were asleep and I tried the Mayflower pale ale. It felt a bit heavy and sat on the palate a little more than I would've liked...not quite as enjoyable as the CC IPA. Giant pints in a proper glass though!

Alan -

Good to hear about the BBC and - with such beer tasting notes - clearly spoken like a true second cousin once removed in law! We will have to reconvene some time soon but enjoy Hops and Glory. You can find links to my four part review here.