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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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Patrick R. -

With reviews, it really comes down to the narratives attached to them. "The Beer Nut" obviously proves this theory.

If you can link a quote, an anecdote, or a memory to a great beer, readers will be pleased.

Alan -

It's all about contextualizing. Good writing ties the immediate subject to familiar compelling themes or issues.

Pivní Filosof -

You hit the nail on the head there and made me realise what is the thing that bothers me about most beer reviews, the decontextualisation (is that a word?) of the object beer as if it was some entity that could be detached from a where and when.

The Beer Nut -

From the tip of my head to my moist lumbar region, thank you. And I've said it before, but I'll say it again: my reviewing style is very largely a rip-off of your reviewing style.

Patrick, it would bore the shit out of me to write a beer review that didn't have some sort of contextual framework on it. I find it hard to believe anyone would want to read one.