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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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Maureen Ogle -

Have you read the chapter about colonial-era drink in James McWilliams' superb REVOLUTION IN EATING? He based it in part on an article he published years ago in his career (he's a historian). Good reading.

Thanks to the digitization of the main compendium of early Americana, it's now SO much easier to track brewing/breweries in the colonies using newspapers.

Alan -

Yes, that is quite true. We only got a newspaper up here in Ontario in 1810 so I am quite jealous of all you all down there. I will have to find that McWilliams book. Thanks for the heads up.

Rich Wagner -

Thanks for the review Alan and I'm happy to hear your comments on my research concerning Philadelphia's Ale brewers. Part of that involved examination of U.S. Industrial Census records at the Mid-Atlantic branch of the National Archives. They are a treasure trove of information for all industries, although I concentrated on brewing, malting and allied industries in Pennsylvania. All information on microfilm, from original hand-written reports: some with legible handwriting and others who wrote so lightly it is barely possible to see the entries, and everything in between.

Alan -

That is fabulous. So many communities do not have the records or, more sadly, records sit unused. I spent a bit of today hunting in original records and found a note that the Hessian Fly was still buggering things up here in Canada in the 1790s and got a little giggle when I realized I had found something.