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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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Jennifer -

It sounds to me like the thirsty pilgrim thinks we already have. It also sounds like a backlash against American craft beer might be brewing (sorry, pun not initially intended). Maybe those who have been in the beer trenches longer think differently, but I think your ordinary drinker (who is just now used to seeing Sierra Nevada on tap at their local bar) is delighted with all the choices.

Alan -

I don't know if it is a backlash against the beer but against how it is presented. I have been bored by expensive beer and the justifications of those who profit from it for years. I think the recession has gone a long way in curing us of that.

But Joe and I have been in the trenches for years, too... just that we are the consumers - you know the other side of the "marketplace." Maybe we are tired of the lack of identification of that fact.

Jennifer -

I heartily agree with you in regards to price. If it didn't sound like whining, I'd say that expense has been a barrier to me learning more about different styles of beer. When you're freaking out about vet bills or whatnot, it's really hard to plunk down top cash for "just" beer, as some of my friends might say. (The fact that I apparently live in a craft-beer dead zone might have something to do with it as well, but that's not the point of this post...)
Are you tired of the lack of identification as having been in the trenches? Or as being consumers?

Alan -

Oh, definitely being consumers. I go on and on all the time about the North American marketplace lacking a consumer focused beer advocacy presence. I am pretty much convinced we are bing played as patsies.

Joe Stange -

Jumped the shark. Yep, that's the phrase I was looking for yesterday.

It might have happened. Certain beer dinners and uppity joints are getting a little silly these days. But I don't see why there should be a backlash, unless it becomes hard to find good local craft beer at a reasonable price. Anyway even the silly stuff is all in good fun, right?

Stay tuned for more on this topic. I think the shark has legs.

Alan -

The shark has legs? My only response can be "the pigeon sings at midnight."

Jeff Alworth -

This is along the lines of thinking I was doing recently, too, about the simple pleasure of drinking. We've sort of gotten caught up in the hype, and I see lots of people talking past the experience of enjoying beer--as if they're looking around the corner for the next magic trick. The act of drinking beer should be about pleasure. If novelty is a part of that pleasure, well and good, but it needn't be the focus. I regularly stop in to places for a shaker of very familiar pale (often SN). Just think; thirty-one years ago, such an idea was revolutionary.

It's still pretty nice.

Jennifer -

In my continuing quest to expose my beer ignorance, may I ask: what's a shaker?

I've heard of plenty of different kinds of glasses (I'm assuming a shaker's a kind of glass), but not a shaker...

Alan -

I thought it was a hold over from the Shaker religious sect but apparently it is the glass that looks like the glass half of a martini shaker set.

Dan Sullivan -

Beer won't Jump the Shark, even if Stella just did. Uncontrollably, added the slow-motion from Pete's post to the Fonz, leather jacket and all, literally jumping the shark (impossibly drinking a Stella Black in mid-air).
I am happy every time I wrap my fingers around a cold glass, or occasionally bottle. Definitely some more than others, but they're (almost) all enjoyable. Without a blindfold.