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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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Natalie -

Wow! Too bad this is a 6 hour drive from us. Looks like we have a new beer-related road trip in the works! Thanks for the info.

Martyn Cornell -

I'd be interested in how the Prize Old Ale turns out - in my experience the final brews at Gale's own Horndean brewery were, to be frank, rubbish: flat, no condition and undeveloped. The Fuller's versions are vastly better.

Alan -

I bought the '97 to compare with a 2003 I have held on to for sometime and maybe a Fuller's era one if I ever find one. I was aware of your comments so wanted to perform the laboratory experimentations myself. As it was under nine bucks I thought it worth the risk.

Katie A -

My husband grew up in Spencerport, so for about five years when we traveled home for Christmas we would gather for a mini-reunion called "Beers of the World."

We would all pile in someone's car and, appropriately, travel to Beers of the World. Each person would pick out two or three (or five) different beers, and then we'd go back to someone's parent's house for a tasting.

Beers of the World was huge before; I can't even imagine the expansion.

Gary Gillman -

Happy New Year, Alan.

Good to hear this news - it's like the tallest skyscraper just got a whole lot taller. BOTW has been a stand-by for great beer choice for 20 years at least. I need get down there soon.

I am still hopeful that somewhere in those stacks of beer there lurks a case of Ballantine IPA!

My last remembrance of buying beer there was an Ardennes Saison from Pipaix when they used those heavy rounded green bottles. It was sitting in a bright area of the store and was 3 years old at least when I bought it. I was sure it would be skunked but far from it, it was one of the best beers I ever had. Trumped by the genius of Belgian brewing.


Craig -

Hey I used to go to BOW in college! Next time swingby the Great, Great House of Guitars in Irondequoit, too. It's not Beer, but Hendrix used to stop and rent guitars there. When he was traveling the NYS Thruway, he would swing into the HOG, grab an axe and then go jam with Son House.