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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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Nick -

Not beer related, but I still love this review of the chippie “Geales” in Notting Hill for its hilariously personal reaction and clever writing. Perhaps it crosses the "unkind" barrier that Mr. Siebel cleverly skirts around, but it's still a good read.

Some sample quotes:

"The eruption had been coming from the moment we arrived at Geales […], and when it came, it did so with the livid outrage of Charlton Heston at the end of Planet Of The Apes."

"By the time the haddocks and chips arrived, expectations were not high, although they were not quite low enough”

"Lack of space precludes a full inventory of irritants, but bringing the tomato ketchup in lilliputian jugs particularly got on my top ones."

Nick -

This is also the 2,500th blog post on "A Good Beer Blog"! What a milestone! Alan, your energy for writing about beer is incredible. Congratulations!

Bailey -

There are pubs in Britain that would go from abysmal to decent with the addition of one decent beer and the recruitment/training of a couple of decent members of staff. We're not asking the world, just to be made to feel welcome and to have something on offer we can get excited about drinking.

For the beer, Adnams Bitter would do -- 3.8%, nationally available and very tasty when well kept; we're not demanding Cantillon Iris in every backstreet boozer. On the staff front, a "hello", an optional "with you in a minute" and a bit of eye contact will usually keep us happy.

arn -

I read the original review from your link, what sort of establishment was this?
The few comments present imply its some kind of non-profit place, are the staff volunteers?

I did note he paid, then tax and tip! (dont forget i'm english ) i never get this but why would you tip when service was apparently that bad?

Alan -

Arn, that would be a club that runs a bar and restaurant on a regular basis as a means to raise funds to support the club and its community good works. The masons without all the funny stuff... or maybe just other funny stuff.

Tips are so commonly given I would think you have to be insulted by the staff not to give them. My understanding is that it reflects the waiter's performance not the overall staff's or the quality in a general way.