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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 -

If the bar owner wished to thank the firefighters by giving them one or all of the kegs, then that's his or her prerogative. But a single keg of beer is worth up to $200, so we're reasonably talking about $1000 or so worth of merchandise, which no matter how you look at it, did not belong to the fire department.

Verdict: ethically unsound.

Alan -

What if they tapped of a couple of pitchers of the unsaleable valueless draft on their way to returning the kegs? The contents of a single keg of beer that has been through a fire is nothing but an item on an insurance claim.

Stephen Beaumont -

Unsaleable, yes, but obviously not undrinkable, judging from the firefighters' actions. So if the owner of the bar had wanted to drown his or her sorrows in beer that he or she owned, that should have been their choice to make. And if they wanted to invite the firefighters to the kegger, so be it, but that choice should not have been removed.

Alan -

Yes, I think that is the ethical route.

That being said (and maybe its because I work with firefighters) but I would think a better community outcome would have been a thank you event rather than the humiliation of those who go into harm's way. But the two fire fighters may have simply made that practically impossible. Wonder how generally socially conservative the town is?