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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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Martyn Cornell -

Hmmm - probably it's because I'm using a VPN that currently pretends I'm in Los Angeles, but Google Books opens its secrets to me:

<i>p15, The Flowering of the Maryland Palatinate</i>

"On September 28, 1633, John Bowlter, Purser of the Ark, gave his note for 105 tons of beer for the use of both ships, as follows: (13)

"Received from Leonard Leonards, Brewer, 105 tonnes of Beare for the use of the right honoble the Lord Baltimore and other gentlemen as by the particular accompts doth appeare: 9 for the p according as by the noate of directions appeareth and also ffive Ton of harbour Beare received for the ship Arke and the pinnace Dove. I say recd by me £19/19/- (signed) John Bowlter

Beere deld to the Ship Arke, Richard Low, Mr, for the use of the Right Honorable Lord Baltimore (14)

28 in harbour beere .....................................£6 00 00
More teen ton at 3lb p ton............................£30 00 00
more thirtie five ton at 48sh per ton............£84 00 00
more sixtie ton at 40sh per ton....................£120 00 00
[total]...........................................................£240 00 00

In addition to the beer which seems to have been several grades, there were (12 pipes of Canary wine" as £14/10 per pipe or £174.

(13) Public Record Office
(14) Public Record Office; Md. Hist Mag vol 1 p354

That all appears to be a pretty faithful reproduction of what was in the Maryland Historical Magazine article.

Leonard Leonards pops up several times in Google Books: in 1622 "Leonard Leonards, brewer's clerk" was one of several "aliens" made a "free denizen of England" by order of the Privy Council. In 1626/7 he was one of six "servants" of Peter Leonards, a (Huguenot?) brewer of East Smithfields, London, which was just to the east of St Katharine's Dock, itself just to the east of the Tower of London. In 1644 Leonard Leonards was one of seven City of London brewers supplying beer to the Navy (his was the second largest order, at 1,000 tuns).

A ton or tun, I'm sure I don't need to say, was a cask equal to two pipes or six and two thirds barrels: the beer tun was 240 gallons, the wine tun somewhat less. (That is to say I CBA right now to look up how many gallons there were in a wine tun.)

Alan -

How'd you do that? How'd you crack the Google code??? I wonder if that "public records office" reference is to the Maryland archives.

Another harbour beer reference. I get that ship's beer is a form of small beer that is for the trip so the sailors don't get loaded but harbour beer is something else. I was actually hoping for casks of malt.

Craig -

Just to make sure you don't stick out like a sore touristy thumb—when in Baltimore, pronounce it's name Bawl-mer.

This is for your own protection—Marylanders are a ruthless people.

Martyn Cornell -

Like I said, Google Books' peculiar ideas on copyright mean often things aren't visible from outside the US - hence my purchase of a VPN ...

The PRO in the references, I'd be pretty certain, is the one in London, now in Kew.

dave -

You could also go through an open proxy located in the US, but if you are going to be doing a lot of google book stuff you probably want to go Martyn's route and purchase a VPN.