A Good Beer Blog


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."


Comments are locked. No additional comments may be posted.

Alan -

Apparently this view meets with Irish archaeologist approval.

Pivní Filosof -

I've read somewhere a scientist saying that agriculture was mankind's worst mistake, for several reasons, but the major ones were the long term negative impact agriculture had on people's health. Did beer contribute to that? It seems so, and agriculture spawned civilisation. Whether that is a good thing or not, it's too late to complain now...

Alan -

I think shackles invented turnips the more that I think of it. Or the other way around.

Jeff Alworth -

Max, it was terrible for people's health. They went from a rich diet of all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and meats--those things we omnivores evolved to consume--to one where almost all the calories were coming from grain (including beer). Not good for the body.

Alan -

I bet they had great beer, too. I once watched a show about an early English settlement uncovered by a receding mud flat that had covered it up and there were hazelnut shells everywhere. Through the transition before hunter and farmer there was plenty of good gathering. Which would have included the gathering of many fermentables. What lovely honey, berry and nut drinks they probably had.

Anyway, just for the record, Maureen Ogle loves this conversation.

Alan -

It's like that game where children in a circle whisper a message to each other and it transforms beyond recognition. Now this has become about how the current drinker of beer, and perhaps too much beer, is somehow more civilized.