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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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Stan Hieronymus -

Alan - Could you elaborate on what you mean by 'beer thinking'?

(Punctuation taking into account English origins of this.)

Alan -

Give me a bit... a few more years...

Alan -

But it is connected to from about this point I suppose...

Bailey -

At least two commenters, John Clarke and Sid Boggle, aren't in the industry, as far as I know.

As you've pointed out many times, being paid to write about beer can turn into a deal with the devil: junkets, freebies, VIP treatment, first-name terms with brewers... as readers, it's all too obvious when a writer is mincing their words to keep the industry sweet, and it makes us queasy.

The Beer Nut -

Oh no! They're on to me!
*forces promotional frisbee into shredder*

Bailey -

TBN -- when we met you in London, the Guinness sweatshirt and enormous green felt Guinness-branded top hat were a bit of a giveaway.

And for more fun with conflicts of interest, see our latest post reviewing Tap East...

Alan -

TBN: surely more LIES about you!!! I think it is OUTRAGEOUS that people have opinions about you that differ from mine - especially when I have a plan to make some money one day thought my association with you.

It's all more proof that so much of this PR smacky stuff should be shelves is the juvenilia aisle except for the whole growing up bit. Stan, perhaps we can start with what "beer thinking" isn't.

Alan -

PS: I am starting to think that B+B might have some sort of shadowy Maltese ties... if you know what I mean.

Alan -

More interests... err, "friends"... to be kept warm and blanketed. Yet: "[t]hat does need to be said, though it would be far better perhaps, if it was said by others and not our bumptious friends from the North." A whole big sad mess of jockeying for righteousness, authority and "friends" still so far.

Chris -

Hate to harp on an old post, but I just found the thread and eh...

"The friends I've made through brewing are too numerous to count. I've done collaboration brews, I've borrowed casks and malt, I've loaned hops, clips and yeast, I've shared pallets of mini casks with other small brewers and I've brain picked when I was having clarity issues. I couldn't ask for a better business community to be involved in and I'm chuffed to be able to call upon large and small brewers all over the UK if I need to."

Do you think the fact that she's a beer writer, whom breweries can obviously buddy up to for purposes of press, would have anything to do with that?

Alan -

Not too old a post! To be fair, I gave a seminar with staff of a brewery last evening. But I was not paid, bought the beer as a gift and treat the access as time with friends and myself as the curious beer thinker. You do have access as a beer writer but then do you "commoditize" the results of access without mentioning the financial interest?