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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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Martyn Cornell -

Cindy Renfrew's A Sip Through Time, probably the best book on old drinks recipes, defines "aqua vitae" as "distilled or grain alcohol" – "grain alcohol" isn't a term we use in Brit Eng but I see it's defined as "ethanol containing about 10 per cent of water, made by the fermentation of grain". So - strong spirits, then. But I wonder if the "Aquavitae" Davis found in Sumatra wasn't in fact arrack: see here

Alan -

I am intrigued by the reference to stale strong beer as well as hops (maybe). There may have been a transitional phase in which it was a way to deal with leftover beer before it gets perfected into an unhopped class of drink of its own.

Sorry for the delay. Been mildly unwell.