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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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TheBeerNut -

I heard Uncle Ben once pistol-whipped a tramp, though.

Alan -

I like flowers and puppies on my food product packaging, thank you very much.

Jeff Alworth -

I keep almost-posting on that story, too. I am intrigued more by the backlash than the label. I don't think it's out of bounds, and the brewery has been openly apologetic. In the US, the issue of witch-burning has perhaps more resonance than north of the border--but we're talking about a 17th century issue. It's hard to see how this reflects a whole lot on modern wiccan rites--which, correct me if I'm wrong, have long been dissociated from witchery of yore.

I think if the wiccans want to get up in arms, they should go after the macros who have for decades denigrated women in more direct and meaningful ways.

Alan -

I don't really think it is "out of bounds" but that is in the sense that I don't think velvet black light Elvis portraits or overwrought "deep" shorts stories written by teenage are out of bounds - but they do need to be put in context. And I missed the open apology but caught the explanation.

My point is really that the witchery of yore is not about witches either. It's about lynching a scapegoated old woman. And it asks me to explore when it is OK to make light of a person being grabbed, falsely accused and put on fire in a public place. A comparison: I saw an inflatable kids bouncy play palace in the form of a ocean liner sinking - clear reference to the Titanic. Personally, I find that a bit sick. Don't know if I would feel the same about a sinking from, say, 1600.

So, by comparison, how far back do we have to go to make a lynching an acceptable marketing tool.

Craig -

I thought you were talking about Christine O'Donnell

Alan -

Scapegoat? Not scapegoat?
Scapegoat? Not scapegoat?

Craig H. -

The LA label does show a killing . . . but isn't it an execution? Isn't that different from a murder? After reading your post, do I agree that showing a killing is icky.

Alan -

Well, is it lawful? That is a good point. When a tyrant kills is it lawful? If witches were, as is generally accepted, not the nuns of Satan but convenient victims, is that acceptable? And even if it is - would you drink and Electric Chair IPA or Gallows Stout? Maybe you would

Craig H. -

I assume the woman on the label is an innocent, as well, and whether killing is ever lawful . . . gotta jump over to some other kind of blog to discuss that. :) My only (tiny, miniature) point was that a state-mandated killing, in the village square & according to the local laws of the time, might better be called an execution. (Personally, I'd pass on "Electric Chair IPA" or "Gallows Stout." I guess there is a line, even for a lowbrow like me.)

Alan -

No low brow - you make good points - discuss away. I am working this out myself, not pontificating.

Alan -

An interesting if utterly unfortunate recent comparator:

"...his Halloween get-up “wasn’t meant to be anything racist” and said “I apologize if I offended anybody.” He went on to suggest people were overreacting, saying the practice of Klan lynchings of black people “has been gone for years and years and years...That’s so past-tense.”