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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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Alan -

Hadn't twigged to Jeff writing about the same article.

Seth R. Feldman -


I'm a nascent/amateur beer blogger that's been trying to tackle the idea of style v. substance for some time now. This is the kind of topic we get into rather often at my bar (incidentally, known for its cocktails, but with a nice beer program at times). I absolutely love this quote of yours

"Beer may be from somewhere, may be made in some long standing or innovative technique, may be called this or that, may come in a red can or in bottle with a blue sticker on it. It may be all that underlying natural order stuff but what it "is" is its flavour, its effect through the act of consumption, even what it smells like when you stick your nose deep into a wide glass and breath in deeply. All that and that alone "is" what it is. Everything else are interesting or irritating tangents which may while away the hours - but even only does so best when one is, you know, actually having a beer."

I'm going to steal that with proper attribution. In my own quest to categorize the world (I was a philosophy student before becoming a lawyer, before becoming a brewer and beer geek), I've often toiled with this...what the fuck is an american pale wheat, and how can that category have the newer hoppy wheat beers in it while having clean, boring wheats that aren't trying to be hefeweizens? Why does the overlap between APA and IPA exist not only in the minds of brewers, but heavily in the BJCP guidelines? Etc, etc.

Alan -

Go ahead, Seth. Send me a link to your post. Happy to hear I got you thinking.