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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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Jeff Alworth -

This is a bit of a random note, but have you noticed how bizarrely front-loaded OCB is alphabetically? Entries run through page 868. Not that every letter is going to have the same number of pages, but that works out to about 33 pages per letter. Yet you're only through "H" at the halfway mark (the 8th letter). The first four letters alone go through page 314 (nearly 80 pages a letter)--or 36% of the book.

I have no explanation for this.

Alan -

Seems to be a bit at odds with the average distribution of first letters in words generally. You should be under 40% by "H" and there should be plenty of opportunity for words starting with N, O, R, S and T.

Ed -

It's interesting to see my blog is on blogspot.ca as well as blogspot.com

The uneven letter distribution is a source of comfort to me. I've just finished my forth letter but look to be about 40% of the way through the book.

What is the policy on "missing" entries by the way. That beta-amylase doesn't have an entry really needs flagging up.

Alan -

Flag it, baby. Something that central should not have been missed.

Craig -

In making a joke on Martyn's site, he pointed out to me, we should probably make note on the wiki that Albany Ale, and it's 250 plus years of brewing history, was omitted.

We have a reputation to uphold—albeit a very poor reputation—bit a reputation nonetheless.

Barm -

I think the preponderance of entries near the start of the alphabet reflect ambition early in the project and the ambition being scaled back as work on the book progressed.