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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 -

21 actually. I have completely and thoughtlessly missed that Stan offered "Brew Like a Monk" to one lucky winner. What a moo I am.

Jeff Alworth -

If you hadn't awarded Roshan an award for something--bad photos, photos from the least likely country, photos from the country with the worst beer (I can confirm on personal experience that India's beers are almost all irredeemably bad), whatever--I would have protested mightily.

Of random note. Cochin is one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. India's southern tip is bisected by two states, and Kerala's the one on the west coast. It is a lush, tropical state with abundant, insanely tasty fruit. The people are relaxed and the pace is slow. Thanks to great government planning, the schools rock, and as a consequence there's a rich literary tradition in Malayalam. If this were my contest, I would have awarded Roshan a prize just because his entry reminded me of the wonderful time I had in his home state.

Alan -

Isn't that what I did without even knowing it? We should apply for adoption by the state of Kerala.

Jeff Alworth -

I've considered the ways in which my life would improve by moving there ... everything except the beer. The beer!

Roshan -

Dear Alan & Jeff - thanks for the kind words (and the insults :P ) and funny thing is when I sent it I didn't even realize that it was for the contest. I hadn't visited the site in ages and when I saw the pics, I thought hey why not send my own. Perhaps Alan could use one in a post on something! And then I read the posts and realized "Oh shit! it's a contest on photography & beer!"
Bad Photo category - I'll take it. Pics that I taken after a beer or two while sitting in a bar and on my humble old 2mp BBerry Curve - I am so proud!!
And Jeff great about the news of ur trip to Cochin. Next time you come here look me up. And guys yes, we have bad beer that is probably worse than what some hillbilly cooked up in his shack. Kingfisher is indeed king in India but we do also drink Foster's, Carlsberg & Tuborg - unfortunately all brewed in India itself!! A shame that the British were here for 400 years and they can't send us some imported Guinness or Fuller's as a thank you!!

Alan -

Listen, that all is proof that beer is only so important given how wonderful India is in so many ways. Your prize is well deserved if only to thank a faithful reader who looks out the window at palm trees and a tropical sea as I look out on a deep midwinter sorta like the famous one:

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.