Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Heh. Or something. The book was co-written by my old high school friend, Tom Potter. I'm still only about halfway through it, because I keep getting sidetracked with other books and such. The India Pale Ale is one of the better IPA's I've had: adequate bite but not aggressively bitter. Lora found some Brooklyn Brewery products at a supermarket of the upscale variety while visiting Rochester Hills for New Year's. We also sampled the Brown Ale, which was, again, one of the better examples of the variety I've tasted. Reasonable hoppiness, and not as caramel-sweet as many brown ales. They also had two other varieties, but the flagship Brooklyn Lager was beyond its "Best If Served By Date", and in fact, the bottles were dusty. The problems of distributing specialty beers over an extended geographic area is discussed in depth in the book. (It's called Beer School, by the way, since the flash kinda washes out the title.) In hindsight, I wish I'd at least wiped the dust off the bottles. Oh, well. I'm enjoying the book, but have a bit less interest in entrepreneurship than, perhaps, the target audience here. If it gave a more well rounded "what was going on with the protagonists outside of work" picture, I suppose it would be a different book altogether. And, the Steve & Tom Autobiography probably would have been a tougher sell to the publisher.

Okay, that's the rambling blog post for the month, just under the wire.