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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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Stan Hieronymus -

No, no, no. I am Santa. As hinted in the prelude, one of the statements might be the truth compromised, but it was . . . No. 1.

I give you that as a Good Beer Blog exclusive. So we can be friends again.

I thought about making "We've slept on Alan's basement floor" one of the seven "things," but worried it sounded too creepy.

Jay Brooks -

Once upon a time when I was sporting a beard and was a little bit heavier than I am today, a young tyke pointed to me and cried "Santa." I tried to explain to him that it was actually Stan, but he wouldn't believe me. True story.

JayZeis -

I think your "fact" about the flags is hilarious.

Alan -

Jay (simplicitor): my four year old daughter says two things when she sees me in the morning = "Big Belly!" and "can we watch Doctor Who?" My beard is now white (when I grow it out) which means I scream Santa.

I was also going to mention we foster parent (and that everyone should) and that when Stan stayed over with his wonderful family I was briefly slightly conflicted as I had to figure out if it was OK under the rules but that was about seven foster dudes ago and it was OK and they were great. But I still don't know that many people of the beer.

Velky Al -

I am glad I am not the only person with an aversion to beer festivals. But as Eric from Relentless Thirst pointed out to Mrs V and I yesterday, we are both pub centric beer drinkers.

Mario Rubio -

Your #3 is great. I hear the same thing, but if you'd ask my wife I've taken forever to get to a point where this beer writing/blogging thing is worthwhile.

Jeff Alworth -

Alan, I have been blogging for MORE than eight years. You always lord the age of this blog over me (Beervana is but a precocious five), so there.

Also, since I'm obviously feeling inadequate following your first thing, I will offer this story of guns and foreign locales. In April 1992, I visited the Taj Mahal first thing in the morning--pre-dawn, actually. Most people don't realize that the coffins in the main area are fakes--the real bodies are in a crypt down below. (They may have since sealed that off.) You were allowed down there, but couldn't take photos. But, on that morning, the attendant wandered off, and I did take photos. Later, I recorded audio from the vast, echoey, upper (main) area, and as I was walking out, a guard held me at gunpoint and demanded my camera and cassette. I took a chance and just started walking away. Lady luck smiled and I lived to tell the tale.

Finally, since Stan has a weird last name and since you invoked him, I must ask about yours. Is it pronounced McCloud? Some day we'll meet and then you can add another name to your list. We're young enough that I can make this claim with semi-plausibility.

Alan -

Lordly. I am so lordly. I didn't know you were a pre-April 2002er. Early on I was hunting for other beer blogs and websites like this in Oct 2004 and here in Feb 2005. I found Knut in April 2005. I knew Jon at The Beer Site was older than me. I see you as a January 06 newborn beer blogger but missed your pre-beer blogging past.

The name: I am McLeod, pronounced "Ma Cloud" but not so in Scotland really. There's be a real lilt to the "Leod" back in the hills. It is a hybrid of Gaelic and Old Norn and means the son (Mac) of the man who turns into a bear in battle (Ljot). I am therefore Alan Berzerkersson. We are also related to non-humans and are known to wrastle loose oxen with our bare hands.

Jeff Alworth -

One of us is bad with our maths. I started political blogging in Jan 2003, which means I will climb back into my hole of shame. Your lordship.

Alan -

But I only started blogging at all in April 2003 so I think we are pretty much tied.

Alan -

Oops, I see I made my own math error. I said pre-2002er up there. Should be slapped around for that.

Jeff Alworth -

It was the 2002 that threw me. Out of the hole of shame!