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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 -

I am a big fan of the under appreciated plain Jane. It's a far better beer than it's $6.99 price tag lets on.

beersiveknown -

Alan, why not use ratebeer if you don't get BA?

Alan -

["...you don't get..."? Really???]

It's habit. Plus, I have no clue what RateBeer's system of numbering means. BA is just joining them with the pretext of excessive refinement. There is no meaning between 3.75 and 3.85. There is meaning between a "B" and "B+".

Craig, I am getting spoiled. I look at all the pretty bottles of porters like this one or Stone smokey porter and figure they'll be there next time. But these stylish fast living hop bombs come and go.

steve -

I find it easy enough! you rate different areas out of 5/10 then you get two percentage scores, one for position compared to all beers in the database and one for the beer within its style. There are various correction factors but they don't need to be understood to take meaning from the score.

Alan -

You know what I like? I like "B" because you assign something "B" and there is no division, corrections or anything else. "B" means "B" and no one confuses it for "C" or "A".

Steve Lamond -

But beer does not fall into discrete score groupings, its on a continuous scale, how do you know one C+ isn't better than another for example

Alan -

That is the problem. The measuring scale is too fine for the subject matter. There is a desire to objectively measure the unmeasurable, subjective experience. All C+s are simply between B- and C... maybe. The subtleties are describable but at that finer level of granularity it is all about preference. Everything else is a trick of the mind and mass illusion.

Ethan -

I gotta tell you, that $21.99 bottle is closer to good value than you think... still overpriced, but far from egregious. $200 for Utopias or Millenium- *that* is egregious.

Alan -

I know but it's well beyond my price point and, as a blend of existing beers, not one that I think is justified by the technical process involved.