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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 -

That's not beer tasting, that's just a bender with a fancier name.

I fail to see the point of it, really. But on the other hand, I'm sure many of the "tasters" got really excited about being able to tick all those rare beers (I wonder how many of them then went to BA or RB to rate the 100 somethingth samples)

Stephen Beaumont -

Having taken part in said tasting on two occasions, I can offer the following observations:

1) Although it takes place during the Hard Liver Fest, the beers tasted are not all barley wines, but rather a mix of a wide variety of beers, some strong, others week, some good, others not so much;

2) The mood is celebratory, not analytical, and most participants come and go throughout the day;

3) The invitation-only part of the affair means that tickers are not typically involved.

And for the record, I've never spent more than a few hours at the table myself.

Pivní Filosof -

AHA! Good to see the wider picture....

Alan -

Are you two saying similar things? Is one man's bender another's celebratory mood?

abeernewworld -

Who pays the cash for this pointlessness? And as a fellow Century Club member I disagree that "no skills are required". It takes a high level of concentration to pay attention to a second hand on a clock 100 times in a row while increasingly getting sloshy.

dave -

I thought going on a bender WAS drinking in a celebratory mood?

I could definitely see this as a "refined" Century Club, minus the time constraints or, even better, an "Imperial Tasting", because if there is something the American Craft Beer scene does well, it is putting the imperial label in front of something.