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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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Martyn Cornell -

Those of us who are not North American at all understand neither ice hockey nor peanut-butter-and-jelly-based metaphors.

Alan -

OK, see... it is like when you are in the woods doing some practice lumbering with the family and, over by the circle of upturned canoes, a bear and moose both appear at the edge of the clearing and everyone laughs knowing there'll be shoes for Christmas this year. Like that.

ethan -

Wow, that was some clarification there, eh? Glad I get the hockey point.

Jeff McCauley -

So what I'm gathering from this article is that you feel "Albany Ale" was primarily made from wheat? If so, do you think these brewers used traditional wheat yeast or a yeast from England or even an American strain?

Alan -

Well, the wheat is pre-Revolutionary beer because something called the Hessian Fly pretty much destroyed the crop in the 1780s and 90s. Much less prestigious grains replace it and what becomes "Albany Ale" in the 1800s is a strong barley beer. I am on a phone now but will link to a Hessian Fly post later. PS: the wheat was likely originally Dutch seed but then would have quickly been from local saved seed.