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."


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Derek -

I'm glad to have discovered this good blog, and also glad that it seems to focus on pricing and the economics of beer (even if Ommegang is one of my favorites!). One idea: why not have linked text open new browser windows?

Pivní Filosof -

The thing that bothers me the most about this is not so much the pricing (couldn't care less) or the pretentiousness, but the use of the word "trained". But, on the other hand, and as you say, the honesty (whether intended or not) is quite refreshing.

Bailey -

It is an interesting statement, isn't it?

We spoke to one brewer (now retired) who told us that he sold his beer at a little above cost for ages, and it didn't do too well. When one of the pubs he was selling to hiked the price, sales went through the roof. At the lower price, it was viewed with suspicion; at the higher price, it was seen as a 'premium' product.

Alan -

B: that is an interesting phenomena. At the flower shop my mother ran, if a pre-made bouquet at $8.99 would not sell sometimes we took out one flower and priced it at $9.99. Sometimes - not always - it sold better. Price point is a very strange thing and one big aspect of the whole buyer beware adage.

Ron Pattinson -

Odd, because in Belgium and Holland Duvel is pretty cheap.

Alan -

It's fairly cheap here in Ontario, too. But single bottles of well known Belgian brews are 5 to 6 in norther NY shops compared to $3.50 or so here.

Alan -

It's also in line with the Marxist critique of capitalism.

Aaron Bronow -

Great observation. I understand why BMW charges a premium for such a well-made machine. I live in Seattle and in my neighborhood I can walk to a selection of bars which sell well-made, local beer at market prices. Put an imported premium beer in my hand and I know why I paid extra for it: shipping. I enjoy the beer that is trucked 5 miles from Georgetown just as much for a very reasonable price.