So Max arrived. Imagine his surprise. I had decided, in the search for the perfect pint, to run a rigourous sampling programme of non-alcholic beers. In 51 days of sampling, I had finally discovered the perfect non-alcholic pint – Beck’s Blue. A classic of its genre. I explained to Max that I fully intended to carry on drinking Beck’s Blue for the duration of his visit. To assist me in this project I had enlisted an old friend, Bob. Max was non plussed at our resolution. To test our resolve, he proceeded to drink copious amounts of ESB, Pedigree, strong cider and German lager. Bob and I carried him to bed at 7.30.