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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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Stan Hieronymus -

But it should never be "just cheese."

Alan -


I suppose what I mean by that one is that beer is one of a zillion items in the world that has good and bad. It is not special or more important.

Jeff Alworth -

Alan, I came to this post and you had updated it once. I went and read the whole thing, comments and Protz's post, and then came back to offer the very comment you made in your second update. What's pretty amazing is not a single person made that observation. I mean, if I had the misfortune of finding myself called an ass on a blog the day after I'd been drinking, I'd instantly assume it was correct. Blaming drink is not particularly chivalrous, but it has that ring of authenticity about it. Funny it didn't occur to anyone.

I'm reminded of seeing a recent piece about how pubs are switching to non-breakable glasses because there were 87,000 bar fights in England last year. I think we're seeing one in its more humane virtual context.

Pete Brown -

"Why can't UK beer writers control themselves or their consumption of beer when presented to them at no expense?"

Um, some of us can...

"Who else was at this table of vipers at the free dinner in the National Brewery Centre last week? Confess!"

They won't - not publicly. They've written to me privately to support me on my post, but don't want to go public. Reading Roger's comments - which in no way support the point I was making, obviously - why on earth do you think that could be?

Alan -

Interesting.... was anyone taking photos of the event? Any trade coverage?