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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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PEI Beer Guy -

Good post - although I despise Hemingway's style. I've had oils with more "ole" than The Sun Also Rises. (ba-dum-ching!)

Seriously, though, I agree. I want to know the gist of most reviews - good or bad. I've been mostly sensory / descriptive with mine, but I want to be pretty objective and general, too - I'm not assigning grades, for example, since it's too subjective / arbitrary. I have an original idea or two, though, that may take my site or a sister one for a turn in the coming while... but I digress.

Your post also brought to mind the old idea that writing about music (or beer?) is like dancing about architecture... whoever said it first.

Alan -

Steve Martin, wasn't it?

Jeff Alworth -

Agree, which is why I disapprove of the current reviews-are-bad meme on the beerosphere. Bad reviews are bad.

PEI Beer Guy -

I always thought it was Elvis Costello, but that link I provided poo-pooed that notion.
I think the original seed of it at least (dancing about architecture) was from Martin Mull.

Craig -

I've decided to take the easy road and simply continue to write bad reviews. I cover all the bases that way.