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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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Pivní Filosof -

What the article (or at least the part that is quoted) fails to mention is that wine doesn't pay any duty tax at all. Which, as I've said before, is terribly unfair.

John Coates -

While in Germany, beer is deemed a necessary right... cheaper than water.

Alan -

Why "unfair"? I can imagine the French wine industry is a massive employer and exporter. Tax policy is not based on maximizing idle pleasures you know.

Gary Gillman -

The slow-down of smoking and banning same in the pubs has surely affected bistro business together with the drinking-and-driving laws.

This tax increase will put another nail in the coffin.

The answer is for the remaining pubs to differentiate themselves by selling better beer, better food, and offering a nice ambience.

The typical demi of France is probably no worse than the typical lager in England or Canada for that matter, but the pubs should consider offering better and a greater range. The challenges are steep though since beer already is very expensive in France, or at least Paris.


Pivní Filosof -

Is not about that.... The beer industry, all across Europe, is also a massive employer and, in certain countries, exporter as well, and yet, only beer pays duty tax. I'm not saying that beer should not pay taxes, I'm saying that wine should pay it too. And given the profit margins many winemakers work with, they could very easily absorb some of it.

Jeff Alworth -

On the issue of taxes, I would say that while you're correct in general, Alan, in France the situation is dire. Beer is crazy expensive and has a hard time competing with wine. (I can't say I have done a careful study of prices, but the Nord/Pas-du-Calais brewers said beer was more expensive.) So taxing it ever higher while exempting wine perverts the market.

Belgian beer is big in France, and sells well in the "craft" segment. Local breweries have a hard time competing because they remain largely unknown while Belgian beers are famous. (As in Belgium, abbey ales have the most cachet.) So the poor breweries are fighting on two fronts, and the French government shouldn't be further crippling them.

Jason -

Yes it should be. Beer sales attribute to alto of the revenue taken in by pubs and bistros. This hurts growth and the government knows this.