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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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Bailey -

This is how revolutions happen in Britain: slowly, if ever, so that no-one notices. CAMRA will have a new, more sensible constitution by about 2035.

Alan -

We recall this sensation here in Upper Canada. Called the Family Compact it held back reality for decades. There is, after all, no Tory like a UK Tory.

Ian -

The quote here is only part of the preamble of the motion which was defeated. The substance of the motion was that CAMRA should serve craft keg products "where they are required to provide a full bar". A perfectly reasonable motion, unfortunately it seems that any mention of the C word results in massive logic failures - CAMRA will still provide "full" bars serving non-real beers and lagers, for example at jazz festivals, but the organisers will be under no obligation, or even encouragement, to source those beers from quality producers!

John Clarke -

I wasn't there but from what I understand the motion went down not on that but the fact that it also included a proviso to sell keg beers at some beer festivals. The motion that WAS passed is not insignificant:

"This Conference believes that CAMRA policy should recognise that “Craft Beer” is beer with a distinctive flavour brewed by artisans. As a consequence, most real ales are craft beers but not all craft beers are real ale and CAMRA’s communication should reflect this"

Thus CAMRA has accepted that craft beer is distinctive and brewed by artisans but is not necessarily real ale. That does give "non-real" ales some sort of approval. Changing CAMRA policy on something like this was always going to be a bit like steering the proverbial oil tanker. It will get there in the end - and sooner rather than later I think.

It's worth bearing in mind though that in the UK "craft keg" for want of a better phrase, for all the hype behind it, is a tiny fraction of the beer market, is made by a tiny number of brewers* and sold in a tiny number of bars.

* and with perhaps half a dozen exceptions, all those brewers that produce "craft keg" do in fact major on cask in big way.

PS - just curious why someone who lives in Canada and is not a member of CAMRA should be so interested in all of this.

Alan -

What an odd PS, John. I can't imagine why you would not know.

Steve Gates -

Why the hell indeed Alan, you know us colonials should be way too busy rebuiding our igloos, chopping down trees and hunting moose and seals to be concerned with such a civilized enterprise. What were we thinking?

Alan -

Thank heavens I have others to let me know when I have stepped over a line.