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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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Gary Gillman -

I like the one from Brooklyn Brewery, so far that is my choice for No. 1. The gleaming, high-tech cylindro-conicals are contrasted with barrels which look as if they rolled out of the 1800's. The modernity of the fermenters is highlighted by the weird greenish-gold glow at the top of each - almost a sci-fi effect - but the patina of age on the solid wooden barrels evokes just as well the old traditions of wood casks, racking and storage with nature's help. The yin and yang sums up everything you need to know about craft brewing, which is that it is an amalgam of new and old.


Alan -

Breaking news. Atis is not Swiss. He is Latvian.

Craig -

In Atis' defense, you did say "Correct me if I am wrong..."

Jeff Alworth -

Including commentary with photos? Now you're just getting soft.

Alan -

I'm sitting here with bloody stumps and you are giving me the gears about making one Latvian happy at Christmas???