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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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Pok -

I confess. Every once in a while I travel from Eastern Ontario to Upstate New York so that I can buy any one of many good craft beer that doesn't have that before and after taste of guvmint. Honestly, I would rather not make the trip but a "reasonable personal retail relationship" is actually exactly what I am looking for.

Max -

Is it the availability of good craft beer that poses such a problem, or mostly the cost? Also, what are your everyday "good" Canadian craft beers? Cheers.

S -

Stupid monopoly pisses me off.

Alan -

It's a comprehensive Canadian problem, Max. We are a prudent people. We have weathered the recession. We save. We stay at home and watch TV rather than go out on Friday night. America is our madcap, more successful, dangerous, exciting, risky, alive, suffering, irresponsible, important cousins.

So, not only are there more and more interesting beers for less money, you can get chocolate Cheerios not yet (if ever) on our shelves, you find good cheddar for 40% of our price, more shapes of pasta, traditional local snack foods, BBQ. BBQ alone justifies the USA for Canadians. We are like Celts looking at an approaching Roman army and asking ourselves: "How they do that?"

I am delighted to live in a border town that lets me make the trip but also happy to be on this side when it's time to go to bed on a Tuesday.

Chris -

I agree with the monopoly part. It just isn't right that our beer stores are owned by breweries who only make fizzy, yellow lagers. We seem to settle for less and like it. I wonder what the Americans would think if the only place they could buy beer was from a store owned and run by makers of Bud. Revolution? You bet.

olllllo -

America- Your madcap, more successful, dangerous, exciting, risky, alive, suffering, irresponsible, important cousins.

That would make a fine t-shirt

Greg Clow -

Hey! How come I didn't get to talk? :(

(Yes, that's my pudgy little face down in the right hand corner...)

Alan -

I tried - Lord, how I tried - but I couldn't swing the stick all the way to your face.