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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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Bailey -

Isn't the thinking/talking/waxing lyrical about drinks just a kind of foreplay?

(Although the experience of drinking something which has got someone's lyrical wax all over it is actually almost always disappointing...)

Pivní Filosof -

The issue here (and with reviews of beverages and restaurants in general) is that often the professional reviewers seem to have lost touch with the concept of value.

Alan -

I think there is a difference between a true dedicated pro and what we call in Canada a Junior B. I was actually recently struck by two writers trying to make a go of it who were obsessed with the word "I" and "me" - and how that was an intimate part of their valuation of the beer experience. I think I just nicknamed them "Pimm's bloggers" from now on.

Pok -

Perhaps the professional reviewer seeks out the thing that almost no one has had the opportunity to consume and thus this rarer thing comes with a hefty price befitting its relative scarcity or newness on the market. The professional reviewer is on much safer ground describing the thing that few else have tasted than say the high value bottle that sells very well at the local beer and wine store. Maybe reviewers fear the pox on those who dare to diss grandma's favorite $9 plonk.