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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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The Beer Nut -

But but but... if you *know* how Abt 12 tastes, but don't know how, say, Green Flash/St-Feuillien Black Saison Collaboration tastes, you're not comparing likelihood with likelihood.

Alan -

Yes, I am as likelihood is not based on knowledge alone but intelligence. Analysis of a situation does not require personal experience of all factors to establish an appropriate risk management strategy.

Alan -

Besides, that tell tale "collaboration" taste is so good surely others have snapped it all up before I ever get there.

Jeff Alworth -

I'm with you on single-occasion specialty beers. A brewer may have enough knowledge of his system to whip up a standard style he's never made and get with 5% of the mark. When you start adding variables like weird ingredients and barrel-aging, its a crap shoot. So we end up spending fourteen bucks on a beta batch that probably wouldn't come into focus for another five or ten iterations. (Deschutes Brewery regularly goes through 10 batches or more of a beer before they commit to bottling it.)

I'll still buy limited edition specialties if I know a brewery has the formulation dialed in, but otherwise, give me one of the other nine thousand beers I already know and trust.