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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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Jeff Alworth -

CHEATED! All I wanted for Christmas was bragging rights--that's wholesome, right?

Actually, you are exactly right when you say this: "Jeff, in a real sense, did not take this photo so much as he had it given to him." I spent six and a half weeks over the past two autumns going on the most extravagant, absurd journey to the world's greatest breweries. I got special access and I got to see extraordinary things. Every day, just because I was in the right place, I could point my point-and-shoot in a very obvious direction and snap a rare, wondrous pic. It was the place, not the photographer. You will see very clearly how things change next year, when I send in a batch with hairy Oregon brewers standing around in front of shiny cylindro-conicals.

It never felt fair or earned, but I sent the photos in because I had them. You are right to pass them up this year. However, I will lodge a protest on Max's behalf--that shot of him with the medieval wooden tankard is one of the coolest pictures I've ever seen.

Everyone's a critic.

Jeff Alworth -

Oh, just in case anyone cares: that photo of the keg tapping is taking place at Schlenkerla in Bamberg. I happened to look up from across the pub as they were wheeling it out and I knew the tapping was coming next. I grabbed the camera, sprinted across the room, and waited the excruciating ten seconds as it slowly woke up. I actually have two shots, one without the fuzzy helper shooting in--I thought it was more interesting to see him blur by.

Alan -

"...lodge a protest on Max's behalf..."??? He is still in the running you know.

Your shot is great. Fuzzy helper is great.

Jeff Alworth -

Ah, no, I misunderstood. Go Max!

Patrick Hirlehey -

Thank you Alan and R+R, one of my favourite shots from my submissions, glad you liked it. Unfortunately, by the end of the Beerfest, most shots were out of focus or had the lens cap still on...some great submissions this year, congrats to all, I love seeing these slices of what make us passionate about beer.

I think about beer -

I'm really excited to have made the shortlist with my "A La Mort Subite" photo. What made me chuckle most was that of the 9 I submitted, this one was picked. It was the only one in the group that had been shot with my iPhone. I just cleaned it up a bit with photoshop touch. Next year, I'll have to see if I can send in a winner!

Great contest, great entries!


Alan -

You caught a little moment there. The colours of the clothes and postures of those in the bar are what caught my eye.

Atis -

Wow, that was unexpected. I never thought I could win a prize considering there were loads of very good photos. The prize is excellent as well, I have not read these books. Thank you, Alan and Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year and all the best!