A Good Beer Blog


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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Ethan -

You are the Real Deal, Alan; have a wonderful Yuletide!

Alan -

Woooooooooooot! I think.

broadfordbrewer -

I read your blog but haven't commented before. As someone who's blog is only a few months old, a handful of blog posts and a smattering of comments I doth my cap to your efforts. I can only try and keep my blog going, although in reality I would happily trade it for my brewing dream to be fulfilled! Here's to a cheery beery season and keep up the top work!

Bailey -

Wow -- those numbers are something. Glad to note you're not having a crisis and talking about giving up blogging or anything crazy like that. We certainly always enjoy reading you, even when you're pointedly refusing to navel gaze...

Alan -

Quite the opposite, Bailey. The numbers speak mainly to habit. And when I think about moving on 9 years writing in this place about beer I usually wonder why I started so late. But then I recall the format didn't really exist.

Stan recently wrote about the important role of the editor. Amateur personal essays should need no such thing. I have worked with editors a couple of times and gave up any desire to make a habit of it, any pretense that I might make a living of this. I prefer to be to beer writing as the home brewer is to beer. Frankly, I wish some of the more ambitious would do likewise.

Rebecca -

I just found your blog a few weeks ago, and though the recent photo contest has been beautiful, informative, and entertaining, this post is the most inspiring.

"In one real sense, I have put my dedication to the fluid on display. Perhaps even my weakness to its call. I am not one to blindly boost good beer, after all, so much as to admit its grip - or, perhaps, only its deep abiding attraction."

I think that's the most eloquent way I've heard a love for beer phrased. In all seriousness. Great words, sir.