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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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Gary Gillman -

Re your opening lines, all well put and indeed until recently, few have written about good beer at all, whether well or ill! There were a few books around even before Jackson, but they were consumer guides mostly (with serial taste notes), there was no in-depth effort to understand beer historically or catalogue and compare world styles until Jackson's landmark early books. One reason was North America had very little variety in beer. Another was that beer was taken for granted, it was "delivered" to the consumer who took it as is. Finally the logjam was broken because of international travel, greater importation of beers and the emerging craft beer phenomenon.

The wine world, small as it was and in many ways still is, therefore does provide a valuable template to understand the other great fermented drink. Jackson always acknowledged the great Hugh Johnson (still active) as one of his inspirations.

Personally I doubt beer will ever be viewed on a par with wine even though it fully deserves to, simply due to ingrained habits and attitudes. Recently I told a wine "connoisseur" friend I was taking a greater interest in wine lately (which in my case means reading about it more than drinking it although I do manage to get some down), and he said with a smile, "moving up, eh"? I said yeah, something like that. I just didn't bother trying to explain, he'll never get it anyway.


Alan -

I think there is one aspect of the world of wine which ought to be recognized as more complex - the growing of the grapes. Establishing new varieties and building new fields can be a task of a decade or more. That being said. it is silly to ask which is better: bourbon, saison or port. Each is capable of being excellent in itself.