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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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Craig -

Hey that's not my photo!

Alan -

I shook your email and no money fell to the floor.

dave -

Carling Zest at £2 per bottle or £5 for three... we're all winners with that! What does the newspaper clipping next to the special promotion have written on it... "Stay Rosy Judas!!"? I also like how they still try to make room for the "service area" (sign under the taps, near the floor).

I thought my photo was rather crap... but that's probably because I lost a beer.

Gary Gillman -

A "slice of life" image, as you said, Alan.

It actually reminds me of a number of bars in New York which originated in the 1800's including Pete's Tavern, McSorley's and the bars at Keene's steakhouse. Many U.S. bars from that time were were similar to many English pubs as they look today.

First time I entered an English pub was in the mid-80's in London. It had swing doors, wood planking, a plain wood bar and it looked a lot like the saloons you see in old Western movies. And then I saw the sign on pubs, "saloon bar". The English just never changed many of their Victorian-era pubs, they weren't copying Hollywood, rather the old U.S. saloon looked a lot like its counterpart in England. This is probably due to the strong influence the English have had in North America until comparatively recently.


Robert Gale -

Honoured that you chose my photo. Here's a bit more info about the photo. 

The three women in the centre all worked there and we're constantly supplying beer to the two adjoining rooms. 

I took the shot around 11:30am and at first I couldn't get in because it was so full. Tried again and managed to get a space by the door. To get the shot I had to use a 10-20mm lens and hold it above my head. I was pleased with how it turned out. 

Jeff Alworth -

Congrats to both the winner and the host for another successful effort. Cheers to you--

Herb Meowing -

The ceiling light fixture looks like an empty thought bubble.

Steve Gates -

Thanks for the details Mr Gale, learning that this photo was taken in the morning makes me like it even more. A great and thankfully typical example of the social microcosm we call the tavern. Good choice Alan. Congrats to you both.