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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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Pivní Filosof -

To me, pairings are a culinary game, and therefore, not something to be taken too seriously, which they unfortunately are by many people. That said, the bit you quote about wine reminds me of something I read long ago in the Spanish press: winemakers, facing shrinking sales, were trying to find ways to make wine more similar to beer, ie something that is consumed casually. In other words, they were suffering a blowback from their own marketing discourse.

David -

I get the point John is trying to make about making wine too precious, etc. but I think there's another way to look at it. Namely: when beer consumers are equipped with food-and-beer pairing suggestions they feel more comfortable bringing beer to the table and that opens a new market for full-flavoured beer beyond it's usual roles as social lubricant or tastier-than-water refreshment. No matter what beer writers do (except maybe directly call them out), some beer producers will price their product like a luxury good and try to capture the customers that are into that sort of thing. I just think it's easier to promote kale on the demand side by holding kale dinners and publishing recipes that use kale in an accessible way.

Martyn Cornell -

We eat curly kale here in the UK – excellent, common, as a result under-rated. Don't know what beer I'd recommend with it though ... a tad too sulphury for anything except a Burton-brewed IPA, probably. That aside, I agree with David (that is, if he's saying what I think he's saying): beer needs the encouragement of specific food matchings to be made for it, wine needs the encouragement of people being told that almost anything works as a pairing (still wouldn't have a strong red wine with white fish, though ...)