I have not had a sip of beer or ale or anything from England's Thornbridge Brewery but brewer Kiwi Kelly Ryan's departure for his New Zealand home has gotten British beer bloggers totally Lady Di as they say "cheer-eo!" and dab their damp eyes with hankies. Kelly got verklempt right back at them. I mention this because Kelly and I had the most interesting chat about collaboration beers and value back at this post from last May. Best of luck to a pretty good guy.
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."