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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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The Beer Nut -

I shall venture forth immediately to procure a pair of compasses and a box of crayons. This is going to save me hours of needless description.

Alan -

I think it is a precursor to the necessity of description. But once you have adopted the circle of beer, all that follows shall be poetry.

Gareth -

'If you sense notes of gasoline, no one in their right mind takes a sip.'

But I love a nice Riesling... ;)

itslunchtimeca -

I am wondering about the carbonation levels as a requirement for a 'good' beer... Carbonation is relatively new on the beer scene and with the reemergence of historical ales, maybe this isn't a good metric. Maybe there are beers that are best if a little flat or even no carbonation. (Just an argument, I haven't met one that tastes good without none). So, I don't pick what I want to drink based on carbonation levels. I would be more interested in whether the brewer intended the level or not. Otherwise, this seems like a good first attempt.

GOOD recently ran a contest to redesign a recipe and this endeavour of yours strikes me the same way. http://goo.gl/qrQeg

Thanks for the post.

Alan -

ILTC, I just mean the appearance of bubbly activity is a trigger of decision making. Many find the cloudy madly bubbling muck that is hefeweizen off putting, for example.

Bruce Ticknor -

You say "If a beer should be golden and clear, a dark one looks like gak" which I quite agree with as far as it goes, however "Should be" infers a comparison. Comparison to what?
Without getting into at least broad categories of beer the comparison becomes meaningless. I really don't want to get back into the styles debate so I will stop here.

Alan -

Thanks for not continuing, I suppose.

But "comparison" to one's own set of premises for what is often described as life. One friends hates coffee so will never try a stout. Has nothing to do with beer.