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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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Jeff Alworth -

Elite? I've been called worse.

John Heylin -

We actually have a secret society here in the Bay Area. We have members in politics, military, police and media. We call ourselves the 'Drink Nothings.' If people ask us about it we tell them we drink nothing.

Mark -

As a Saskatchewan beer ENTHUSIAST, I was quite excited to try Original 16 pale ale. It is described by the brewery as a pale ale, made from 100% barley malt, with a citrus hop aroma. Sounds promising doesn't it?

So I tried some, and it tasted like creamed corn, with a metallic/blood note in the finish. I gave a can to my dad, who is hardly an ENTHUSIAST, and he said, "for a 20-year anniversary beer, this is nothing special at all, it just tastes like their other beers." Even he could tell this beer was nothing but a marketing gimmick. Does this now make him a beer ELITIST?

Alan -

You two apparently form an elitista cabal.

Craig -

I'm drinking Genny Bock – Take that Calgary Herald!

Oh and Martyn, since Mr. Safire is busy, how's this for a alternative "an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals."

Hey wait a minute! Was Agnew talking about beer fans?

olllllo -

Safire is busy?

William Saffire
Unoccupied: December 17, 1929
Busy: September 27, 2009

Craig -

Yeah, he's busy attending to the business of being dead.