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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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Gary Gillman -

Well Alan, fewer breweries, fewer beers, less choice. I think that hurts the beer culture overall. It lessens the chances the craft segment, seemingly established today, will be stable and grow. I wonder too if a craft beer segment can truly grow in a country that always had one in a sense. If the taste for beer is lost in Germany as a major component of its social and business culture, no beer-related revival may save it. I visited a couple of brewpubs on a recent visit to Bavaria and didn't think the quality was as good as the best of established companies. It reminded me of the earlier days of craft brewing here, in fact. Also too, Germans have other quality drinks to choose from made in their land or close by: excellent wine, notably and there are is the range of non-alcohol drinks (soda, coffee) that at times can take share away from ethanol-based drinks. True, perhaps we here can stand apart from all that, but since the world and beer culture in particular is getting smaller and more international respectively all the time, you can argue that what happens there may impact what happens here: the birth rates aren't so different and I am not sure greater immigration will make up for it in this particular area (beer appreciation). Really the publicizing of these stories is a plea to the current population not to forsake the national beverage. They won't have more babies because of it, but they may start to take an active, conscious appreciation of their brewing and beer-consuming heritage.


Alan -

Well, if this was a real risk it would not be the case that the growth in US and UK craft beer segment could not be occurring concurrent to a total retraction in the beer market. No, I am content in small hungry excellent brewers feeding me excellent beer on a slim but reasonable profit margin. I don't care much for beer culture or community or any of that. I certainly don't care if Germans drink twice as much as they did or half as long as the weisse they make is still good and cheap over here.

Gary Gillman -

I think it's different here and in the U.K. (even): we never had the dyed-in-the-wool beer culture with its associated high quality that the Germans have had. Just having been there and Austria, I was struck by how good almost all the everyday pils and helles was not to mention various specialties. If they forsake that heritage, will they nurture a craft beer counter-trend or will they just give it all up so to speak? I think there is a risk of the latter because, why re-invent the wheel? And that could have a knock-on effect here I think.