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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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Martyn Cornell -

The sorghum beer market is HUGE in southern and eastern Africa, and practically ignored by "Western" beer writers.SABMiller owns some 70 or so (IIRC) sorghum beer breweries across the continent, having bought out the company that was its main rival in the market, Lonrho, some years back. But the homebrewed stuff is still very widely made in villages, and - fascinatingly - drunk from the pots its brewed in through long straws or reeds by groups of men and women who sit around the pot, EXACTLY the same way that Sumerians were depicted drinking beer through reeds on seals made 3,000 years ago, and the Pharaonic Egyptians were depicted doing the same thing. Here's an interesting post on sorghum beer in Burundi"
http://dianabuja.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/sorghum-beer-in-colonial-burundi-and-now/

Martyn Cornell -

Hmmm - I've left a comment and it's vanished into the ewigkeit ...

Martyn Cornell -

Let's try this again - sorghum beer is HUGE in sub-Saharan Africa and almost ignored by "Western" beer writers. SABMiller has about 70 (IIRC) sorghum beer breweries, having bought out its only big rival, Lonrho, some years back. But the making of home-made sorghum beer is still prevalent in villages across the continent and - fascinatingly - it's still drunk communally from pots through straws or reeds in exactly the same way as is dep[icted on drawings from Pharaonic Egypt and seals from Sumeria, thousands of years ago. Here's a nice piece about sorghum beer in Burundi:

http://dianabuja.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/sorghum-beer-in-colonial-burundi-and-now/

Martyn Cornell -

No - clearly doesn't like the link I'm putting in. Let's have a third go. Sorghum beer is HUGE in sub-Saharan Africa and almost ignored by "Western" beer writers. SABMiller has about 70 (IIRC) sorghum beer breweries, having bought out its only big rival, Lonrho, some years back. But the making of home-made sorghum beer is still prevalent in villages across the continent and - fascinatingly - it's still drunk communally from pots through straws or reeds in exactly the same way as is dep[icted on drawings from Pharaonic Egypt and seals from Sumeria, thousands of years ago. Here's a nice piece about sorghum beer in Burundi:

Martyn Cornell -

Well, I dunno, just can't get this post to stick with the link embedded in it: here's the no-link version. Sorghum beer is HUGE in sub-Saharan Africa, although almost entirely ignored by "Western" beer writers, and SABMiller owns some 70 sorghum breweries across the continent, IIRC, having bought out the brewery holdings of its one big rival, Lonrho, sopme years back. But home-brewed sorghum beer is still widespread and, fascinatingly, it's drunk communially through rteeds or straws out of pots in exactly the same way as depiced on drawings from Pharaonic Egypt and on seals from Sumer thousands of years ago.

Alan -

Martyn now wins for the perseverance award!!!

Alan -

It's the powers of anti-sorghum at play, by the way.

Alan -

BB: I want a t-shirt that says "Senator Keg"!!!