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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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Pivní Filosof -

Untappd, another tool to motivate the novelty chaser fetishist.

it's incredible how little those people seem to care about the sustainability of the companies they claim to admire and love.

Velky Al -

I have never seen the point of Untappd - though that might be because I don't have a smart phone and therefore control my life without the aid of apps. If I were a brewer, I would have so much more time for people who actually drink my wares rather than get a free sample at a bar and then 'rate' the beer based on a couple of ounces of it.

Come to think of it, since moving to the US I don't think I have seen a bunch of 'beer nerds' sat together in a pub just drinking and talking shit all night, or at least until the keg of whatever they were drinking ran out, rather like the afternoon Evan, PF, myself and a chap called Rob spent drinking Primator Stout.

Glen -

I use untappd and love it. I think people need to remember that just because something is different doesn't mean it is bad. When I go to Czech, I drink Pale lager after pale lager. I have been fortunate to try some others, but the vast majority of Czech beers are pale lagers. I do not think less of Czech beer culture because it is so limited rather I enjoy the difference and relish in the "pub" scene. Sitting with PF at a pub I never would have found and drinking the same pale lager I never would have tried was awesome, but it does not diminish the times I go with my friends and sit at our favorite watering hole and drink a different each time. As far as supporting our favorite companies? Here in the states craft breweries are more about supporting each other rather than pushing just their product. Cigar City, Rapp, 7venth Sun, Barley Mow, and St. Somewhere(my locals) all encourage people to bring bottles from different breweries to share at their breweries. Which encourage random strangers to meet and discuss the beers they have brought and move to to other topics. The beer scene in the states is a MUCH more social environment than in Czech.

Alan -

I think I was with you until the last sentence, Glen. But perhaps this may be more about what one means by "social" than beer even.