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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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ethan -

Ooh, so Canadia-land allows importation of 'collectable bottles,' good news! Sláinte!

Chris -

How could I get my hands on some of those beers?

justin -

The xxxx mild and the kk are tasty. I wish I had bought a few more when they were available.

Steve Gates -

Alan, have you ever located a locally grown hopyard in Frontenac or L and A counties going back to the early 18th century? There is evidence of commercially grown hopyards in PEC quite early on but not near Kingston. I have resaerched both American and English immigrants coming to Upper Canada and settling in communities such as Ameliasburg, Wellington etc and growing hops and, more extensively, barley. Was there a Canadian market for those hops or were they destined for NYC? Have you found any paper evidence as to the destination of those hops?

Alan -

I got absolutely nothing yet. But you will note in PEC there are place names from central NY like Cherry Valley and Schoharie. These were the names carried with the Loyalist refugees. I can't imagine their beer making skills including grain and hop growing didn't travel with them, too.

Steve Gates -

I agree but alot of the hop growing credit in PEC is placed at the feet of the family Mills, immigrating to the county from Kent in 1841. Beer was certainly brewed in the area prior to that but for home consumption. The earliest reference I have found for a commercial brewery is the Taylors in Picton, earliest advert 1845. By 1860, there were several 50 acre plus hopyards in the county and most of the product was NYC bound. Did you check a UC connection when you were in NY state ducking the ever vigilant and highly motivated librarian commandoes?

Alan -

Close. I am wondering if I can draw lines from pre-Revolutionary NY and Philly brewers to eastern UC like you can with the Cartwrights, Johnsons and Herkimers.