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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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Craig -

A healthy dose of skepticism? I should give that a try.

Interesting though, that Cuomo made his announcement for the farm brewery license at FX Matt, and not say, at one of the states far smaller breweries.

Alan -

See, if small brewers had their own advocacy group that sort of thing wouldn't happen.

Craig -

Or maybe advocacy groups in general are the problem.

Alan -

It would be a pain in the ass if I had to wade through advocacy for my cheese, car tires, scotch tape or music purchases.

Craig -

Tape, yes. CSTA and the TSTA, have done a world of good. Those would be the Clear Scotch Tape Association and the Translucent Scotch Tape Association. Don't forget the LTMTAG, otherwise known as the Low-Tack Masking Tape Advocacy Group.

Ethan -

i guess I am far less alarmist about it. I'm a joiner; I think the many are more effective than the few- so, both a BA member and a board member of the NYS.BA. I understand the dynamics and politics and economics of it all perfectly well, thank you very much- oligarchs, indeed. But I consider the benefits as outweighing the negatives. Do I fear Bud or Sierra more? Both, and neither. Business has a very straightforward logic to it. But since we live in a capitalist economy and a democracy, I would be some kind of idiot to ignore the potetnial positive impact of lobbying for less regulation, lower taxes- like, say, not having to dry our spent grain before selling/donating it for feed, as is a fate before us right now. Or yes, being able to fire your distributor if they're not repping your brand effectively or delivering beer as fresh as benefits its consumption. Something like that, after all, is indeed regional brewery's only defense against the largest of the small. That, and a continued consumer demand for smaller, localer, less corporatized food & drink.