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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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Frank M -

I agree, for the most part. Canada is a great beer nation. Having a few beers while watching hockey is Canadian Nirvana. I think thats the problem most of us have with our current Prime MInister. He doesn't seem like a guy who would enjoy a beer and talking hockey.
But here in my small part of Canada we do have Neo-proibitionists. They did their best Helen Lovejoy imitation (Won't somebody think of the children?) a few years ago when .5% beer was eliminated from supermaket shelves. Regulated to collect dust in the safety of the NLC's cool rooms.

Alan -

Hmm. I was expecting a lot of European comments suggesting I was full of it, actually. You are right about Harper, Frank, and I think that is one of the most telling things. People aren't so much turned off by his vibe that he would not be comfortable having a beer with a voter as people wish "if he would just come over to my place on Saturday afternoons for a beer so we could loosen him up."

br -

..but i do live in the woods

mike -

I think most of us would be out of our league discussing hockey with Harper. He is quite literally a hockey historian.

Alan -

Actually, as with his claims to be a great economist, he has a claim to be a hockey historian but I have never seen any product arising from that claim. Remember what you call the person who got "D" in anatomy when at med school - you call him doctor.

Dan -

I wish I could be a canuck in the woods! Great post.

Amy -

Canada has a history of prohibition so where did those people go? In America, following Repeal, alcohol misuse and abuse became a public health issue. The people in the U.K., who Pete Brown and Jay Brooks are labeling neo-prohibitionists, are speaking from a public health perspective. Doesn't Canada have anybody who feels alcohol misuse and abuse is a public health matter?

Scott -

Perhaps this is the real reason we Americans are always threatening to move to Canada...

Alan -

Amy, we really had "prohibition" up here - by which I mean you have to do finger quotes when you say it. You may want to find a copy of Booze by Heron but according to my recollection no real restriction on home brewing, thousands and thousands of medical prescriptions, and some sort of scheme where anyone could order booze from the Province of Quebec which just happened to have warehouses in other provinces. Ontario didn't prohibit wine sales as Ontario produces wine.

In the modern world, we Canadians are a fairly socially responsible lot - hence all the "boring" Canadian jokes. We don't have a large libertarian movement so MADD has less to argue against as our laws are fairly tight. Drinking and driving leads to big sentences and loss of a drivers license. We also like our cops a lot. Mounties are not just loved elsewhere. Remember - our constitution promise peace, order and good government.

Plus, I do not see the sort of US or UK binge or college kegger drinking as we have a much lower drinking age than the US and no one would get charged with letting an 18 year old have a beer. We are big on being able to "hold your beer" culturally. Going all vom is pathetic but we expect most young adults to have the experience without a huge amound of social shame. And I am, pretty sure that in Ontario, I am not breaking a law letting my kids have a drink - though they are too young to get the privilege yet. We are like one big Wisconsin.

P of K -

There is something nice about having a beer outside on a winter's day and having to drink up before it goes all slushy.

Alan -

And something good about not worrying about space in the fridge during house parties for five whole months of the year.

neets -

What about Ontario?
- the weird 'strong beer' labeling requirements in Ontario
- the law on brewpubs only allowing max 6.5% ABV beers
- McGuinty stating that he sees nothing wrong with the way beer is distributed in Ontario (oh wait, that's just the neo-bought-politician thing)

Alan -

Good points. Never knew about the 6.5%. Especially as I have had brewpub beers stronger than that.

Pete Brown -

Maybe this is why my mate Rudgie of Hops and Glory fame is upping sticks and moving permanently to Tronner after working there on a placement for six months. He might work for Molson Coors but he's fallen in love with Canadian craft brews. For God's sake, he's even a born again hockey fan.

I'm gonna have to come and visit...

Alan -

You do that but plan a Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Valley tour as well. Ontario sits amongst some of the better beer brewing areas of North America - and is, frankly shamed by them. I am off Friday for a beer buying trip into central New York due to the lack of local talent.

Max -

Canadian soldiers don't have beer rations over in Afghanistan they follow the regulations of the country which doesn't allow alcohol. Maybe for Christmas they would get some but the rest of the time that's their favourite beverage :)

Steve Gates -

The beverage that means most to us soldiers when deployed overseas is our Tim Hortons, we can wait until our leave for beer but don't f--- with our Timmies. Our Prohibition would never have happened if not for the fact that every man worth his salt was fighting in the trenches of France at the time, the women, newly empowered by proxy and egged on by the slack jawed, limp wristed, flat footed hermaphrodites who either could not meet the physical requirements of military service or were white feather wearing consciencious objectors voted for prohibition, The troops, once the war was over, came home to Rosey the Riveter and no beer to cry into. Some of them probably wished they were still in France, at least they had some wine to put down their neck.