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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 -

As I've said elsewhere. That companies like Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Boston Beer and several others can be considered in the same segment of the industry as brewpubs and truly small breweries with little, if any distribution is sort of curious at the very least.

Alan -

But, without that, the modestly priced and tasty Sierra Nevada's pale ale at the US grocery store is going to be perceived as the same as the modestly priced and tasty Blue Moon sitting next to it on the shelf at the US grocery store!

Velky Al -

'without that, the modestly priced and tasty Sierra Nevada's pale ale at the US grocery store is going to be perceived as the same as the modestly priced and tasty Blue Moon sitting next to it on the shelf at the US grocery store!'

And therein lies the seed that germinated into the whole 'craft vs crafty' BS, perhaps the bigger craft breweries realise that as BMC start brewing styles normally associated with their product lines then the game is up.

Consumers can only take price hikes for so long before they literally start voting with their wallets and settling for the likes of Blue Moon or contract brewed beers like Trader Joe's PLZNR.

Perhaps I am being a miserable git (no change there then), but the boom in craft beer is very much mirroring the housing market of the early Noughties and when the inevitable crash comes, as it must, then it will be mainly the small brewers, such as those brewing on less than 10 barrel kits, that will go to the wall, as well as few of the medium sized regional brewers.

Alan -

All crafty has done for me is make me happier to buy beers made by macro brewers as the BA has confirmed the taste is comparable by including them in the same concept!

Alan -

Excellent reporting. 50% of the tax breaks being sought by the BA will go to 30 of the 2,500 or so US "small" craft breweries. You know, the big ones.

Ethan -

I respect, but disagree with, the opinions of large breweries like Lagunitas and Bells. To me, neither of the arguments they make are compelling.

The "patriotic" argument is especially stupid to me in that the federal government subsidizes all kinds of stuff needlessly and what the BA is asking for is a drop in the Federal budget bucket comparatively. That $500,000,000 could so easily be recouped if oil companies actually paid their taxes- or wouldn't be needed if our defense budget wasn't fucking ridiculous. In general, the excise tax is unpatriotic already, in that is selectively applied to alcohol and cigarettes but not toothpaste or jewelry. It's a bullshit tax and should be eliminated for everyone- but I'll settle for a reduction.

As for what Sam Adams or Yeungling would do with the money, and whether or not it would bury Bells (or Community Beer Works for that matter), hey: capitalism!