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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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Pivní Filosof -

This article: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/01/russia-brazil-beer-world-cup.html closes with this: The FIFA push could be a problem for Qatar, which is slated to host the World Cup after Russia in 2022.

That'd be quite interesting to see.

Sid Boggle -

I have some idea that FIFA's T&C's for hosting a world cup include changing local tax laws to make them favourable to FIFA, immigration rules relaxed for FIFA-nominated representatives and a host of other concessions you'd expect to only offer a nation, not the governing body of a sport.

This ABI tie-up with FIFA caused problems in Germany in 2006, but for different reasons. Supposedly German drinkers were unhappyat not being able to drink proper beer near stadia...

Pivní Filosof -

Sid, the problems in Germany had more to do with the trademark dispute between Anhauser Busch and Budvar. Budweiser could only be sold as BUD.

Dave Stokley -

Totally agree that FIFA (cough...AB) is pushing too hard on this, but not the least bit surprised.

Dave Stokley -

Equally disturbing, however, is that you've reference wide leg jeans in back-to-back posts.

Alan -

In 1977, at the height of punk, I was in the UK visiting family as a 14 year old with nothing to wear but wide legs when all around me wore pegleg skinny punk jeans. It burns still.

Craig -

BAH! I throw my half full, plastic cup of lager at you!

Knut -

I get remarks about being a neo-prohibitionist when I write posts like this. I don't think there is a natural law stating that sports events should be associated with a massive intake of tasteless lager.
I was watching Copenhagen play Barcelona in Copenhagen a year ago, with Carlsberg offering a "buy three half-liters, get one free" in the stadium. Combine one such package before the interval with one after - not a lovely sight. And certainly not family friendly entertainment.

Alan -

Exactly. That is one of the things I like the best about popping south over the border for US college sports - not all that much drinking. I have not gone to one Toronto Blue Jays game without some drunk butt head intruding on the experience.

"Neo-prohibitionist" is, by the way, one of the dumbest labels being thrown around in the good beer discussion. Smacks of a brain that tuned out on a topic long ago.