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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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Mike -

How many bottles did you declare? You seem to have really good luck at the border, I must be cursed.

Alan -

I said $180 of total purchases and 48 bottles. Here are my tricks which are not tricks:

- have your receipts in hand to be seen by the officer when you hand over the passports.
- give the exact number you have counting a 22 oz or 750 ml as two bottles.
- when asked "oh, you have a couple of two-fours" say "yes, though some are singles"
- don't cheat in any way and when they ask you to pay, say thanks.

By being clearly happy to pay, you often get excused. In fact, once I actually said "happy to pay" to an officer who got a little flustered and then said "well, then you don't have to." I figure they have crappy enough days dealing with the folk who are lying or just nervous that they are happy to see a Dudley Do-Right once in a while.

Mike -

wow, that's great. I find as soon as I say anything over 20 bottles or so the guy reaches for the little piece of paper and starts writing stuff down. (which means I'm going inside to pay) It's such a nice feeling to get that wave through.

Mike -

Alan, did you happen to notice if Bear World lets people break up the 6 packs? (to buy singles) thanks, Mike

Alan -

I don't believe they do, Mike. But maybe you could ask. There are singles at the Potsdam IGA in St. Lawrence Co inland from Ogdensburg.