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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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David -

There were enough British soldiers and sailors stationed in Upper Canada during the Revolutionary War that I'd be surprised if they were all drinking imported beer. I bet that's the place to look: from where were the garrisons at places like Kingston and Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) buying their beer.

Alan -

Any British soldiers in this area would not have been in what became Upper Canada from 1791 to 1840. The would have been at Montreal, fewer on Carleton Island NY, Niagara NY or maybe but unlikely Oswego. That would not have been a safe spot with the Revolutionaries holding Stanwix in what is now Rome, NY.

Alan -

Carleton Island life was a bit grim accordind to the story on a recent dig under that link. But maybe there was something being brewed at Niagara. Generally they were serviced by the more efficient casks of rum as Cartwright shipped.

Alan -

Bingo! Beer at Carleton Island during the Revolution, David. And as the island did not legally transfer to the US until 1794 and was not finally abandoned until the War of 1812, it should be part of the history of Ontario beer and brewing.

Steve Gates -

I believe Cartwright's business partner, Robert Hamilton was actually stationed on the island before their partnership, The merchant's inventories listed in the reference includes rum by the hundreds of gallons but an absence of beer, could the tap be used for the distribution of rum? These guys and their rum, there's some hard bark on these fellas. The reference concerning Joel Stone is very interesting, another hard fella, as was his second wife, who took a musket ball in the war of 1812 and lived to tell about it. Have you done any research on a brewer and distiller named Trumpour, a Loyalist from Adolfustown who brewed very early, basically as soon as he got of the boat at Hay Bay .Priority of work for these guys ;build shelter, clear land, till land, brew beer. Nobody is helping you raise a barn without beer.