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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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Ron Pattinson -

Before WW I, when pubs opened at 6 AM, it was common for men to have a pint on their way to work.

Barm -

David Bell claims on his blog that workers in the North East used to visit rum and egg bars on their way to work for a breakfast consisting of a shot of rum and a boiled egg. It sounds revolting and I suspect he's having a laugh.

Alan -

A number of the US states seem to allow breakfast bevvying. Louisiana seems to be the winner of the 5 am drinker's challenge.

Bailey -

During the working week, lunchtime drinking is a definite no-no for me, but I love a lunchtime session every now and then. There's something about staggering out into broad daylight that feels very naughty. Beer with breakfast I'm not so sure about. The earliest I've ever had a beer was on the tour at the Cantillon brewery (9.30). I'm a right misery on stag dos.

br -

a nice crisp lager goes very well with a camp sandwich (bagel, egg, cheddar, ketchup) around 8:30 on a rainy deer hunt morning! but the rest of year, no, i don't desire beer that early. i agree with bailey about the afternoon buzz but have never put it to words so well.

Ron Pattinson -

I've had a beer sometime at every one of the 24 hours in a day.

Martyn Cornell -

Tim Martin (founder and chairman of Wetherspoon's) reckons the finest accompaniment to the Full English (fried eggs, bacon, sausage, fried bread, fried tomato, fried mushrooms, possibly sliced boiled-and-then-fried potatoes) is a pint of Abbot. Never done it myself, but I can see the attraction …