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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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Ed -

I think being able to make your own beer makes you a lot more wary of "sucker juice", as you so excellently put it. I'm prepared to pay good money for good beer but I draw the line at paying extra for bullshit!

Alan -

It does allow you to say to yourself "I could brew better" even if you might not quite be able. It allows you, however, to be engaged in the discussion meaningfully. For example, I am comfortable knowing that when I am handed a new sort of hops to snort by a brewer I am experienced enough to know how that might translate into a beer... and how all that hop is doing is swapping "X" flavour or smell for the one known as "Y" that I have used before. But it does not mean you are a commercial brewer anymore than knowing how beer is digested makes you a doctor. Thankfully yeast, hops and malt don't require they be sold commercially.

A.J. Treadwell -

Home brew still suffers from a serious public relations issue. This isn’t really surprising given the swill that some beer geeks are churning out in old ice-cream buckets and Coleman cooler. It's often of shameful quality that they boast about as connoisseurs.

Chris -

If we ( Ontario ) all brewed our own, the Ont. gov't would invent a tax to make it too expensive to continue to do so. Yes, I do brew my own. Homebrewing is growing in leaps and bounds in Ont. and Canada.