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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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Bailey -

Met a high-up in Cornwall CAMRA the other day who told me, earnestly and with some regret, that he used to count his consumption in pub sessions in gallons ("Just off out for a gallon or two, darling!") until he was obliged to ease up a little in late middle age.

Alan -

Holy rapid comment, Bailey. I am not even finished the post!

Bailey -

Wow. How did I do that? Did you post it half-finished to check the layout or something?

Alan -

I often do that. But today I also thought of something after I posted it the first time, the stuff about ships beer. If you are drinking something 2 to 3 percent, a gallon a day is no great effort.

Steve Gates -

These large mugs were designed for community use on the sea, small individual ones had a tendency to get thown to the floor in rough water. These mugs would accomodate enough beer for three or four lads to imbibe concurrently while they ate or worked. Interesting post. Thanks Alan.

Alan -

Maybe but from the inventory they seem to have found 60 tankards for a crew of 200, twenty of them in wood. Compared to 118 plates and 63 bowls, I wonder.

Alan -

And now I'm learning about leather blackjacks.

Ethan -

But, no ribs to properly agitate the beer and release aroma?

Craig -

Sam Adams and Sly Fox could totally improve on that design.

Simon H Johnson -

I need one of those in my life. It will make my leather tankard look puny and weak.