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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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Alan -

St. Peter's English Ale, relabeled Organic for the Canadian market: bread crustiness, marmalade and a lot of black tea tannins. It's like breakfast all jumbled up.

Craig -

What the hell is IPA all about? That questions seems vaguely familiar...


Nobody answered me, so let me know what you find out.

Alan -

I am 1/3 of the way into a two week holiday so I am making some careful enquiries into the topic.

BTW, have you have Six Points beer? It showed up in Watertown and I am loving it. Bengali Tiger is on deck after a Victory HopDevil... warning - bright packaging under that link.

Craig -

I just wrote a Sixpoint vs. Brooklyn post a week or two ago. We've just started getting it up here. It's good stuff. I have not had the Bengali Tiger, but I've heard it's pretty tasty. Sweet Action was great—a bit of a APA meets a Saison, in my opinion—amazing aroma.

The Lionheart has HopDevil on tap, so that'll probably be my first #IPADay IPA of the day—Then maybe a Long Trail, if I have any left at home!

Alan -

A second Scoopstriffic post in one day. My gentle English session ales have given way to 9-10% beers also labeled IPA. I need a rest. And I'd be better off with an Aunt Hilda.

Gary Gillman -

Alan, the point about context is a good one - IPA would mean nothing but for the fact of there being sweeter, lighter, darker beers, some stronger, some weaker, some fermented differently.

Perhaps the "typical" IPA (even though there isn't one) hits the sweet spot for a lot of beer fans and gets all the love.

I do feel too though that the romance of the style, i.e., the fact of having been brewed to be sent overseas to a very different place, those pictures of a rocking sailing ship on labels of 1980's Ballantine IPA, the way Michael Jackson wrote about it in his literary, evocative way, and the way finally the current generation of beer historians has explicated it (often with fascinating historical details and period illustrations), is the other part of the story. No other beer style has such a rich history or exotic origins. True, perhaps the average imbiber doesn't know most of this history. But most know I think that IPA is special amongst beer styles, and may be able to recount a detail or two (hopefully accurate!) about its history.

I had an IPA yesterday and it was a real winner: St-Ambroise IPA, at beer bistro in Toronto. A stylish English-type IPA it was, one of the best I've ever had anywhere, and a welcome English-style addition to the pale ale/IPA range which tends towards an American interpretation of the style.

Cheers and have a nice weekend in these hot summer days.


dansmallbeer -

Thing about #IPADay is that it's International Beer Day today and everyone is too bored, tired and hungover to get excited about it.