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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 Beer Wrangler -

I have deep reservations about the World Beer Cup. The crazy amount of categories only seem to ensure a medal for the largest number of breweries and beers. my thoughts a couple of years ago here : http://www.beerwrangler.com/beer-cup-categories/
But to call it a "world" beer cup where it seems very few non American breweries are either honoured or entered. I don't see this as a very important awards show, and as you have mentioned, there are some, shall we say, surprising winners! It certainly does not represent the true world of beer, but a rather narrow American one. I think beer awards will always be flawed but for me the World Beer Awards are a much better representation of the international scene.

Alan -

Sounds like two rival mid-western pro wrestling federations in the early 1970s just at the moment before cable TV changed their reality. Surprised there is no World Beer Prizes run out of Toledo to make a full trio.

The Beer Wrangler -

oh and Coors Light wins gold in American Light Lager Category. ...Thanks WBC - that "gold" medallist is one I'll give a miss!

The Professor -

It's all pretty meaningless in the end, but harmless enough.
I stopped reading the list by the time I got to category 20.

Jeff Alworth -

I have also long disparaged the WBC for reasons exactly like the ones you cite. Weirdly, I learned on my jaunt to Europe that breweries there--some of them, anyway--take it pretty seriously. They like it because they can compete in it, and therefore think of it as the GABF's international brother.

Still not convinced, but it was interesting.

Alan -

So maybe this is the moment for the prizes of a World Beer Federation to do it right. First, we need a figurehead...

Jeff Alworth -

Maybe something like a Golden Globes of beer. The foreign press? (Which would include North Americans, since Europe is the home of beer.)

Alan -

We need a team of crack beer bloggers to organize this. Application fees would cover all costs. Then we bring in a set of trusted tasters who are not the organizing administrators. All done in a decentralized basis so English tastings happen in England while those in Oz happen in Oz. Saves on costs while raising integrity.

olllllo -

You need the judges. In any competition on any level, it's about the judging.

I have no doubts about the integrity of the judging process at the WBC and they pull from the industry and had (visually anecdotally) a good international contingent.

I think it would be hard to compete.

The Beer Wrangler -

Critic's awards would be a great idea though. It should be simplified - 96 categories or whatever they have is far too many!

Alan -

Hour about 4: dark, cloudy, really bubbly and... see, I can't even think of a fourth. Three it is.

Ethan -

For what it's worth, the beer cup is judged blind while Beer Advocate and Rate Beer ratings are not; between the two, i'd consider the former a much more reliable guide to quality. Might be that both are imperfect, but hey: contests are as old as the hills, and willing participants aren't hard to find.

Alan -

I am starting to think that I am more trusting of the latter as to experience. Maybe you need both. One panel going blind and another not.

Ethan -

Perhaps it's the nature and availability of online ratings fora, but BA and RB are much more culpable when it come to the utter insanity of things like Dark Lord Day or bottles of Kate The Great going for $500 on eBay. Call up that Hatian brewery in a month and see if the WBC sales bump they're expecting ever arrived: I'll wager not.

Ethan -

Oh, and we're totally naming a beer "whatchamafuzzathinkalunk!!!" Thanks!

Alan -

Ethan, you may have a visitor today. Just a chance but he carries a request for samples.

Ethan -

I await him even now, good sir. Cheers!

Brody -

I love Prestige. I don't usually like a cream beer anyway. I have searched for it back in the states but can not find it anywhere.