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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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Velky Al -

I find myself heading in a generally similar direction.

I love good beer, with good people, in a proper boozer, but the minute I see 'craft beer bar' I am liable to just walk on by. High prices, small glass sizes, interminable variants on pale ales of varying indianess, tossers waffling on like pseuds in a wine bar, the self-congratulatory buzz of being 'converted' to the 'craft beer revolution' and other middle class drivel playing at slumming it with the working man's drink.

Most of the time when I head out for a drink, I just want to see my friends, catch up, having a couple of pints of something tasty. Is it really too much to ask for that not to be surrounded by the steaming pile of dung which is much of the 'craft beer culture'?

Alan -

We need a word for what sits between big craft and the craft beer bar, two very different unattractive propositions conjoined by the same branding.