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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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Bailey -

"I think I am developing a soft spot for big industrial brewing."

Yes, us too. We've been reading about the computer-controlled mega-brewery Bass built at Runcorn, Cheshire, in the early 1970s and feeling nostalgic for something that, at the time, was seen by beer enthusiasts as a symbol of The End of Days. It has its own romance.

(Love the title of this post, BTW.)

Craig -

The story of "big beer" often is just as demonized as craft beer is mythologized. But big beer is a pretty interesting story. People who remember the early period—in the case of the U.S. the era just after prohibition—I'm finding are very, very nostalgic about the large regional breweries that survived. Not necessarily thinking that those beers were superior to today's brews, but more like a bit of technology—like typing on a typewriter—that is gone, but not that far gone.

Alan -

Yes, the typewriter, the rotary phone, the black and white TV. For a while I kept a black and white TV in the spare room to watch a hockey game now and then.