Summer. It must be because it is summer that there is no other beer news other than the mergers and acquisition of macro brewers by other macro brewers and some guys in Germany making music blowing on beer bottles while sitting in a circle. How do you stop laughing at yourself to get any good at it? Maybe the circle has to face sitting outwards for the first few weeks... or months.
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."