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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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Stan Hieronymus -

And this just in from beernews.org:

Nogne O Two Captains is an 8.5% ABV Double IPA with 100 IBUs. It is already on tap in some select U.S. locations but the beer recently received bottle label approval as well.

According to Sales Manager, Scott Larrick, “Yes, we have sent draft to the US, but not bottles yet. We have some bottles ready to send, but [importer, the Shelton Brothers] actually wanted more than we had available in the second batch so we plan to do a third batch. I do not expect a container to leave here until January, so bottles will probably not be on shelves in the US until around March.”

Alan -

I woke up thinking that I was way too harsh and then it struck me. All this celebrity and strong character craft beer personality stuff - it's just like 1970s professional wrestling. Especially the Atlantic Grand Prix Wrstling of my youth. You have the fun characters, the mean ones as well as the odd balls. So, maybe we need to assign them their pro wrestler namesakes to aid in understanding. Maybe the Sheltons are just our Killer Karl Krupp. Who is our Dino Bravo? Who is our Cuban Assassin?

olllllo -

An equally compelling question is who are the "scientific wrestlers" versus who are the "rule-breaker" wrestlers.

Jeff Alworth -

Well, it's all just a fight between the tiny clique of nerds over in the corner. Beer writers? A fun party trick I like to play is to ask the average person "name one beer writer." In the vanishingly small number of cases where I happened across another fellow-traveler, I got "Michael Jackson" and once, "Randy Mosher."

To really drive home the point, ask people to name a single wine writer. Most are able to come up with Robert Parker at least.

The best known beer writers are like the tallest mountains of Kansas. I don't know why anyone would spend valuable emotional energy hating them.

Alan -

So, I suppose, we might also play the game of name one beer importer.

Craig H -

I work for a beer importer, and I write tasting notes & beer descriptions about our beers to help sell them.
In my opinion,
1. Beer information - from blogs, magazines, books, commercial descriptions, & bartenders - helps beer drinkers know what to look for and helps them define their preferences.
2. The beer speaks directly to a person, but not until that person drinks it . . . maybe not until it's paired with The Perfect Meal. And information can help that person narrow his choices down.
3. Beer writers can be opinionated or even arrogant - if sincere, a little vitriol can help provide balance & interest. But I am less enamoured of arrogance in someone who is selling something: for me, it's hard to believe any salesperson who runs down the competition's widget.

Craig -

I'm not giggly. Am I giggly... 'cause I think I need to know if I'm giggly. It's a personal pride thing.