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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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Jordan St.John -

The reason I was reading the Parker novels is because much of my mental framework of Boston is definied by that series. Spenser's office is at Boylston and Berkeley, a block from the hotel we were staying at. In addition to being a gumshoe (sleuth, dick, sheamus, snoop) he's a fully fledged character. A lot of the books have sections where he talks about food and beer. He's a patron at Jacob Wirth's on Stuart Street and the books are useful in that way. The man cooks so prodigiously in the novels that there's actually a Spenser cookbook.

Oddly, really useful in terms of understanding the development of beer in the new england scene, especially since his choice of beer changes over the years from novel to novel. He starts out with Dunkel at Wirth's and Amstel in the fridge at home in the early 70's, but by the late 80's he's saying positive things about Catamount.

You'd like the novels. The first one is the Godwulf Manuscript.

Alan -

I have not taken on a detective series since Morse but that sounds good. My Boston is entirely framed by connections of cousins, love of the Red Sox and a book on Winthrop. We go to southern Maine often so kinda skip the city as the last place to pass before you get where you are going. We did hit the aquarium once. Felt hungry for seafood for days.

Jordan St.John -

Heck, mom has most of them. Just drop her an email and I'm sure she'd be willing to lend you six or seven of them.

Alan -

I haaaaaaate borrowing even using the library. I want books that I can throw, mark up, burn or treasure.

But thanks.

Bailey -

Philip Marlowe would turn it down, and everyone would think he was a fool, but he wouldn't care.

Craig -

A degree in English Lit! You might as well have a BFA!

Oh wait...

Alan -

With 1/2 an honours, too! I decided to give up halfway through undergrad. A "B" student with "could try harder" on every note... you know, if they sent notes home.

Jordan St.John -


Philip Marlowe would probably have just drunk Four Roses whiskey instead. Possibly with Terry Lennox.