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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 -

Looks like Yates and Birch operated under that name only from 1839 to 1857.

Ethan -

"This quart mug which is of quart capacity"? How novel!

Martyn Cornell -

Excellent - and C$75 is a good price, the quart pewter pot I have (which is perhaps 50 years younger, though still Victorian) cost me £50, IIRC. Those quart tankards are the ones you see everybody drinking out of in Hogarth's Beer Street, of course - everyone except the pawnbroker, who is being handed a pint by the potboy through the door of his tumbledown shop, because on prosperous Beer Street nobody has any need to pawn anything, unlike in Gin Lane, so a pint is all he can afford. The quart seems to have been the usual English (working glass) pub measure until the First World War, judging by the way the name for the public bar was the "four-ale" bar, based on the price of a "pot" or quart of mild, four pence.

Alan -

Here's an even larger scale image of Beer Street with, yes, plenty of pots in view. Hadn't noticed the whole "book" imagery. There are a pile of abandoned books outside the pawnbrokers window while there are plenty of other forms of written word being associated with beer.

Alan -

In 2011, Martyn shared what one could find in a quart pot.