A Good Beer Blog


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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Laurel Dempsey -

Alan, the bears are nearer than you think. Four bears shot last week, the nearest to you on the Bellrock Road

Alan -

In the mid-90s, after a dry summer leading to fewer berries, they came out of the woods and right into our old Ottawa valley hometown. A friend opened their back door to find one in his pool!

Steve Gates -

Alan, What is the history behind the black bears that would visit your town in the early part of the 20th centiry as part of a circus sideshow and one of their tricks was to drink several bottles of beer, I have photos originating from Madoc that show exactly that, the bear would then do other tricks such as climb a telephone pole or sit at a table and chair. What is this business of bears and beer? Does anyone know the facination and where it originated.? I have also seen vintage photo cards from Schlitz Brewery depicting bears drinking beer, is this the origins?

Alan -

Beer drinking bears in Madoc? And here I thought life was slow up there. Maybe it is as simple as a bear on beer was a happy bear?