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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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Pivní Filosof -

In a way, this can make you think a bit about the quality of beer writing in the old days, before blogging took over.

How good was it? There was hardly any cross checking of facts. For example, That Alan Brewer dude (Brewer is not his real surname, BTW) claims he used to publish a beer fanzine a couple of decades ago in Brooklyn. But hardly anyone outside NYC area could read it and check the accuracy of the information. Same as with someone writing a beer article in a Canadian newspaper, etc. I'm not implying that those brewers were necessarily bad, but they had very limited resources when it came to gathering information, and there was hardly anyone out there able to tell them "look, this thing about Stout is not right".

Now all that's been forgotten and beer writing has taken a new, IMO, better form, but you are right, few of us would have started caring about beer, let alone writing, if it hadn't been for the likes of Protz, Jackson, etc, shortcomings notwithstanding

Knut Albert Solem -

As I said when I blogged about it, it should have had an editor outside CAMRA. I reacted to some of those unpleasant remarks as well - they should have been weeded out. You can be personal without being private.