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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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Alan -

That's 106 entries so far.

Chris -

That Christopher Grzan fellow is from the U.S., New Jersey to be specific. And no, I've never met him, nor do I know anything about his habit of leaving out critical details in his e-mails... nope.

Alan -

I was going to check the Cleveland telephone directory at the library as there were some clues in the photos. But thanks for that information. Tell Grzan he owes you one for clearing that up.

Gary Gillman -

Top row, fourth image to the right, the man to the right is, I am pretty sure, the long-time brewer of Mendocino Brewing Company, whose roots stretch back to the first (IMO) craft producer of the modern era, New Albion Brewing. After New Albion folded in the early 80's, a number of ex-employees joined with others to run the Mendocino Brewing Company, a brewpub, in a small town about 80 miles north of San Francisco. Some years ago, the brewery was purchased by (this from memory again) an India-based enterprise involved in different facets of the drinks business. It relocated to a purpose-built brewery further north from the original location and a company "tap" serves the beers nearby, which are as good as ever. I like that photo on its own merits but even more so for the tangible connection it offers to some of the earliest days of modern, U.S. craft brewing.

If I got some of the history wrong I know Jeff, Stan or others will correct me, with thanks in advance.

Gary

Gary Gillman -

Ai-yai-yai and I think the gent on the left is Jack McAuliffe himself, the founder of New Albion Brewing, I should have known that but it is a side view of him!

What a capsule of modern American craft brewing history.

Some more on New Albion:

http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/breweries/featured-brewery/show?title=new-albion-brewing

Gary

Alan -

I think you have it! Here is Stan's explanation of that photo Gary.

Gary Gillman -

Thanks Alan, hadn't seen that!

Gary