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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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Mary Sue -

While I have issues with many ways people misrepresent Christianity, at least this dude is a practicing, professing Christian, who as I understand it, is a member of a slightly more conservative denomination that promotes teetotaling, but aren't too pushy about it.

Even in my extremely liberal, woman-up-front-preaching, wine-in-the-communion-cup, gin-for-special-occasions church smack dab in the middle of Portland, OR, there is still a little thread of 'shh! Don't talk about drinking! Drinking is shameful and sinful!'

And the people who are most likely to look at me oddly when I'm drinking and they find out I'm a regular churchgoing Christian are those who aren't Christian.

Alan -

Sure and I am Canadian so can't talk to your local scene... but then to suggest a 46 day all beer diet as a means to increase common sense? As I indicated, there are a lot more worthy causes and means to present a cause that a Christian like me and you might get behind to point out what a responsible good beer relationship looks like.

Remember, too: there are clear discussions about degrees of drink in the Bible. Cheer is good, drunkenness is bad and you can forget what Noah did when he hit land. I just don't know how this process suggests anything useful and it looks like a whole lot of going off in the wrong direction to me.

Bill Night -

Alan, the guy never said his goal was to "increase common sense", nor even to do "anything useful". For that matter, who ever said that religion should be useful or common-sensical? That sounds very late-20th-century to me, not in a good way, and I'm not even a churchgoing person.

He says his goal is to truly do a Lenten fast, and to try it the way a group of monks did once upon a time. Stunt or not, I imagine it will be a great experience for him, a time to break out of the routine and get a new perspective on life and/or faith. Cut him some slack, OK?

Alan -


If he had written what you are suggesting that the whole thing was a personal Lenten exploration that would be no skin off my nose but hauling in the whole slagging of the entire faith and stating "I hope Christians learn something reasonable about beer..." makes it that something else I describe above.

Alan -

A year later, J Wilson contemplates the personal Lenten exploration I wish he had focused on describing last year.