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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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Stephen Beaumont -

You don't have to watch the television for long to realize that for non-competing Canadians, the Olympics is a great party, a celebration, and when Canadians celebrate, they do so with beer. That's the story, Alan, not the few who take the celebration a bit too far (as happens at many parties, even ones with responsible hosts).

Alan -

You don't require the shutting of all booze sales through private shops as a response to a "few who take the celebration a bit too far." That's the actual story, Stephen, as you will know from the news.

Stephen Beaumont -

Every report I've seen about the shutting of downtown beverage alcohol retailers has cited police concern about drinking in the streets, not property damage, assault or any other more obviously criminal behavior. And IMO, drinking a can of beer in public is about as stupid a "crime" as exists in this fair country.

Alan -

Well, I don't disagree on the open container law thing but I think the police make these decisions based on professional standards and risk assessment and not just to be jerks. The old 1980s Halifax Mardi Gras was a mass open liquor law defying event that went well. By comparison, our local fall mass drunken event here in Kingston does not generally fare so well. Much more than just Canadians celebrating with beer. I assume police can tell the difference and here they shut it down.

Alan -

An observation from the NYT on Monday 1 March:

"Unlike some crowds that poured into the city during the first week of the Games, the crowd on Sunday remained peaceful and festive as the evening went on. Const. Jana McGuinness, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department, said there were relatively few incidents and a small number of minor injuries. Liquor stores were closed at 2 p.m. local time in an attempt to quell the widespread drunkenness that had become a late-night feature of the celebrations."