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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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Craig -

Hey, Thanks for the shout out!

Denis Borodin -

I take offense at your description: I've been keeping statistics and I run (quite literally 40-50 miles per week) into a pub I haven't visited previously on average every 1.33 days (32 hours). I've made exceptions to the count for pubs that change names completely (but not just management) and for pubs that are out of business as long as I mark the visit with a suitable tipple (I've started carrying a flask of bourbon in my running pack).

Thanks for the mention.

Alan -

Denis! I can't control the offence taken by others but, given what I wrote, I can only assume your forgot the smiley face emoticon as part of your drollly dry humourous comment. I would note than you have added for me the third obsession of statistics to your mania for running as well as the fact that you seem to be, like the rest of we good beer bloggers, a drinker with a writing problem.

Important question: what quality the bourbon?

Denis Borodin -

Rotgut, but at least it's well shaken by the time it is used; the two prime suspects are...

Clarkes ( http://1pumplane.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/clarkes-bourbon/ )
Sainsbury's ( store brand http://1pumplane.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/sainsburys-brand-bourbon/ )

You can find Turkey and Maker's here, but they are quite dear. In the pub, you might get 4 Roses or Beam but they will argue with you when you send back Jack Daniels (and don't get me started on their penchant for putting sweetened cola based drinks into your glass when you clearly asked for bourbon and soda).

Craig -

All that running and bourbon drinking, Denis is doing is fine. However, have you read Craig's blog!? It's insiteful, concise and amazingly witty. I have heard he's a devil with the ladies, too. It must be his dashing good looks and boyish charm.

Alan -

Even here in Canada, Denis, the price of bourbon is a national shame. While I end to make a Manhattan which may stun the readership, I do like it with the good stuff - at least Makers Mark. But when you then go a few miles south and see that what we buy for $45 is on the shelf for $28, well, one does ask the gods above why, why, why.

Craig got mentioned only to boost the references, by the way. An old trick of the lazy writer.

Alan -

Did I forget the emoticon?

Reluctant Scooper -

The Notorious R to the S?

Like a pound of bacon
I drop and sizzle
At the sight of a scoop
That's on the dizzle.

It tickles my pizzle.


Craig -

Yeah, you guys aren't white at all.

Alan -

Pink with brown spots. Deal with it.