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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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arn -

Unfortunately most people are sceptical about being passed on the price/tax cut. If they do not cost less, they'll be unlikely to survive.

The Beer Nut -

I'm glad the Brits are getting something out of this, 'cos we've had the same cut-off point for years and only one global megacorp has taken advantage of it -- step forward Guinness Mid-Strength and Carlsberg Mid-Strength. Now step back again. Further. Furrrther...

3.5% ABV sounds eminently more sensible.

Curmudgeon -

The problem with a 3.5% cut-off is that you'd probably see virtually nothing on draught above that - see here.

In the UK all beer was taxed proportionately to strength (I don't know how it works in Canada) and IMV any kind of duty step is likely to end up distorting the market.

Well, 2.8% won't, as virtually nothing will sell below that point.

The Beer Nut -

Yeah, 3.5% wouldn't be great for the UK since there's already plenty of decent beer around that mark. It'd be worth it here, though, where the broad market dictates 4.3% is the minimum acceptable strength.