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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."


Alan -

Very good discussion at FB started by Mr B.

Pivní Filosof -

The problem with all this "bubble" bubble is that it seems to take "craft beer" as one uniform market or segment when actually it should be taken as a more or less loose groups of business models: Gypsy brewers, brewpubs, distribution brewers, etc.

An analyst should look at which of those models a new brewing co. has or will have and determine how vulnerable they will be when the market stops growing at such pace.

Alan -

But that would be an actual analysis and not a half panicked blurt by a trade association wanting to stifle discourse.

Felipe Ribeiro -

Hi, there!
I'm working for a brazilian travel retailer.
Could you give me in your opinion the best 100 beers in the world?
Het Anker Gouden Carolus Classic - Category: Dark Beer
Origin: Belgium
Style: Belgian Style Dubbel

Jeff Alworth -

This leads me directly to my second point: everyone should stop talking and/or worrying about the number of breweries.

BA is right that breweries are a stupid way to assess a bubble. (5,000 brewpubs making 500 barrels of beer equals just more than 1% of the total US barrelage.) But the amusing thing is that THE BA TRUMPETS THESE NUMBERS EVERY SIX MONTHS.

Lesson: be careful of the mob you've whipped up.

Alan -

Felipe: no!

Jeff: yes!

Craig -


Was that reactionary?

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