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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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Bailey -

Counter-revolution? Steady on, old boy...

Alan -

Listen, you are the one sewing up the red banners...

Gary Gillman -

I think the QBCR is already starting, the early glimmers were the interest in session beers.

This won't return us to the grim days of adjunct-laden mass market beers. The best of the QBCR beers will be all-malt or nearly so, except for wheat beers and some other specialties, with good hops added in reasonable quantity. In a word, they will resemble many craft beers as they were in the early blush of the craft beer revolution but will generally be better due to advances in brewing technology and the evolution of tastes since then. Anchor Steam on draft is a good example of such a beer, or any of the great English cask beers such as Fuller's London Pride, or Old Hooky.

Can an APA be polite and well-modulated? Certainly. They can use the same hops as presently, but less of them in some cases due to their big flavour and impact on the palate. Or the hops can be blended in a way to offer a good taste but without being hit over the head.

But it will also mean, I predict, a return to the classic taste of English pale ale, based that is on the output of English hopyards. (By the way I wonder what Cascade tastes like raised in Kent).


Alan -

Good stuff. I realized I have a problem with "session" in that it implies a session... or rather explicitly states the fact. I actually much prefer a quiet beer or two over a newspaper by myself than a session.

Gary Gillman -

I agree Alan and meant the term to describe the character only of the beer.

(Not that I didn't "have a few" in my time, but these days it's a couple at a time or so).


Craig -

psst... mild with inherit the earth.

Craig -

With inherit?

WILL inherit—WILL!

Way to blow a great joke, Craig.

Alan -

That is too good to correct.

DanSmallbeer -

Pro-tip: arm yourself with 20 1oz shot glasses and turn any can of beer into a session.

Joe Stange -

Me, I prefer a full-on session over just one or two, if I can get it. Maybe because I can't seem to get it too often these days. [Insert marriage joke here.]

I'm still not convinced there is anything to the session "trend" besides those of us in the echo chamber. We're hugely outnumbered by people who drink far less beer and don't mind bang for their buck. Hard to blame them. But I'll keep banging on for lower-strength/session/polite/regular beers for mainly selfish reasons.

Alan -

Maybe I would if I was not 48 and looking at five kids at the dinner table. I love a skin full theoretically as much as the next guy but I theoretically like slam dancing too. It is what I did when I was in my twenties.

I still comeback to America being a nation of session beer drinkers. It is only craft beer fans who deny that reality.