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Michael Lewis

Point of Brew: And now for something really big

The last great frontier of expansion and take-over in the brewing industry came a giant step closer in the last week or so: Anheuser-Busch-Inbev approached SABMiller about a purchase; the price would be roughly $100 billion-plus. This possible buy-out has been discussed many times in the press with the view that it was inevitable: not […]

Are craft brewers veering too far from the Old World?

Tony Magee, owner of Lagunitas Brewing Company, announced Tuesday morning a 50-50 partnership with Heineken Brewing Company, in which the Dutch company ends up owning 50 percent of Lagunitas, the sixth largest American-owned brewer. Fast-growing Lagunitas makes excellent beers under brewmaster Jeremy Marshal, a graduate of our University Extension Master Brewers Program. This will doubtlessly be a […]

Point of Brew: Iconic beers and memories from the shadows

The Heineken Experience in Amsterdam is quite an experience. It is based on what remains of the old brewery very close to the Museum District of the city, near the Rijksmuseum. We walked from Breugel’s images that included drinking and revelry and the consequences of overindulgence and maybe brewing activities to the real thing just […]

August 27, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Brewers should lead by example in sobriety

Last week I said goodbye to the 40 students in my Master Brewers Program, 2015 edition, and the 23rd offering of the program. I shall miss this class more than most because they have been particularly rewarding to teach and to learn from; in short they have been a pleasure to be with. Now, the students […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Beer and Cider Fest highlights generosity and the value of things

Last Saturday afternoon, the Davis Beer and Cider Festival went off without a hitch, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the board of directors of the host charity Citizens Who Care. Thanks also to the labor of dozens of willing volunteers, who did much of the work during the day, CWC will receive every […]

June 04, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Calling all beer and cider enthusiasts!

The Davis Beer and Cider Festival is just around the corner and I want to encourage you to attend. This is an important fundraiser for Citizens Who Care, a Yolo County charity that receives every penny of income from sponsors and ticket sales. Here are the details: The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. […]

May 21, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

The question is: Is there craft beer?

I would like to meet Evan Parent; so would most craft brewers and home brewers. Everyone loves a battle between David and Goliath and Evan has fired the first shot in what could be an interesting skirmish. I would not have known about this under ordinary circumstance, but I happen to be in San Diego […]

May 07, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: It’s time to educate the throngs of ‘craft’ brewers

Last week, my copilot and I drove north to Portland to attend the Craft Brewers Conference. Along the way we saw a delightful production of the musical “Guys and Dolls” at the Bowman Theater in Ashland, were awed by Crater Lake in its magnificent winter livery of blue sky and white snow, called in on […]

April 23, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Try drinking warmer beer

Last evening we were in Dulles airport with nothing to do but wait for our flight to begin boarding; predictably, we found a bar. I ordered a standard American lager beer in the 20-ounce size, equal to a British pint; I regard this as the only strictly sensible and totally appropriate volume for a glass […]

April 09, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: About the beer and bicycling universe

Today, while driving east on Russell Boulevard I was scared to death by a bicyclist; he appeared to be texting while he wobbled out onto the cross-walk upon which, apparently, he had right of way allied to right of survival. He seemed to have no understanding of the universe in which he rode and specifically […]

March 26, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Changing times and creating new loyalties

We do not often walk out of a theater at halftime. The intermission is usually an opportunity for us to have a drink and a chat about the play to this point: where we expect the story to take us in the third act or where the protagonists might wind up. Above all, I suppose, […]

March 12, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Davis really is a ‘pasteurized kind of town’

A friend of mine, who is a widely traveled and thoughtful and articulate man of the world, once described Davis to me as a pasteurized kind of town. Over the years I have heard Davis called all sorts of things, a jewel, bicycle-town, the People’s Republic, PC-ville, and so on, but never pasteurized. I think […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Spoiled beers and the measles epidemic

But first a word from our sponsor: The 23rd annual Citizens Who Care Winter Concert is coming up this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Since it’s the Valentine’s Day weekend, the concert of song and dance is titled “Decades of Love.” Please […]

February 12, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

A rose by any other name — if there is one

Some time ago, I wrote a column about limitation and exhaustion of necessary resources by growth of the human population. The metaphor I used spoke of yeast growing and fermenting in a grape must or in hopped wort by which, as far as the yeast is concerned, the result of its action is nothing more […]

January 29, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,
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