An excellent image on the TV at the moment as the Canadian women's hockey team is disassembling Switzerland at the Olympics. The coolest thing is that our lassies are in black, clearly a nod to the cultural monolith that is 1983's Strange Brew, the movie that captures the moment that beer was last unsullied by craft. In the movie, the game between the chess piece Star-Wars-esque black and white teams in plastic uniforms laced with Hamlet references happens in the wicked brewery's cold storage room. Flats of Elsinore beer form the boards defining the rink. That the Canadian women's Olympic team chose black places them on the side of evil but, if you think about it, that is just going to freak out the Swiss - especially as it is well known that the movie is shown as a regular part of their high school curriculum. Best sports put down ever was that of team vet Haley Wickenheiser back in 2002 after winning Olympic gold: "The Americans had our flag on their floor in the dressing room. And now I want to know if they want us to sign it."
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."