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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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The Professor -

I've always been an 'ale man'...practically from the beginning. In my college years (early 70s) I endured much derision because I had no taste for the Budweiser that most of my college mates were drinking.

The upside to that was that when I would show up to a party (not wanting to arrive empty handed) with sixpacks of the original Ballantine XXX or (when I could afford it) their IPA, it practically became a private stash. Except for the few times when someone tried it and liked it, bringing those beers was an insurance policy that they'd usually be ignored by everyone else. More for me. LOL.

Alan -

That would be a great topic. The insurance policy beers.

Ethan -

I love pale ales. I like them best when the malts are a canvas for painting in hop flavours and aromas, but I like them even when they approach a pale lager's elegant simplicity. To me, a pale ale is, frankly, beer's beer.

Blair Thornton -

To me the best eastern ale is an IPA, like that brewed from Propeller, Sealevel Brewing or Picaroons