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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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Gary Gillman -

Thanks for the heads-up and I look forward to buying this.

I recall ith pleasure a 1970's popular history of Canadian beer, The Great Canadian Beer Book, edited by Gerald Donaldson and Gerald Lampert. Like a lot of informal histories, it actually contains lots of interest, e.g.,a year-by-year keynote history of Labatt's; the background to the Western beer business created by Ben Ginter; and miscellaneous good essays or short pieces by some well known writers, e.g., the late Al Purdy and Marian Engel, and Doug Fetherling. It has the right combination of irreverence and some good stats and history. And pictures from Molson Golden tv commercials of the soon-to-be-even-more-famous Terry David Mulligan! You might want to buy it from amazon, Alan, if you don't know it. As for the character of the old-time beverage rooms, I think it was Marian Engel who commented of the old tavern sign, "verres sterilisees" (sterilized glasses): "not really".