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Michael Lewis

Point of Brew: Free water from my roof

The two little rain events (not really storms) we have enjoyed recently have given me a new perspective on rain: It isn’t really rain — it’s a supply of free water. I never thought of rain in quite that way before, but the new and better and more expensive way of calculating our water use urges […]

November 06, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

If it can go wrong it will go wrong

Fifteen years ago I flew to Tanzania to walk up Mt. Kilimanjaro with my sons. The instructions for walkers was that anyone showing any signs of a fever or exhibiting respiratory symptoms would not be allowed through the gates onto the mountain. Lacking a surgical mask I spent the long flight to Africa with my […]

October 23, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: A pipeline and a pedal-powered brewery

A number of brewing magazines and journals cross my desk every month from those devoted to home brewing (Zymurgy) to those that report the results of formal research (Journal of the Institute of Brewing). Some are more informative than others (Brauwelt) and some, in addition to useful reviews, report industry gossip such as Brewer & […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: High crimes and high-alcohol beers

In her Wineaux column in this space last week, my colleague Susan Leonardi lambasted the continuing trend in the wine industry to make wines with more and more alcohol. Susan has complained of this before, although not all wine critics agree; I agree with Susan that excessively high alcohol content sacrifices refinement, elegance and delicacy […]

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Big brewers have good reasons for going rogue

In days gone by, the marketplace for beer was monolithic and the beer made for that market was monotonous. Rather few, very large, national producers owned the market and all produced one kind of beer. Our national producers now are only two, Miller-Coors and Anheuser-Busch InBev, but in the meantime a feisty, irreverent, vigorous, innovative, […]

September 11, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Police officers and wisdom from tasting home brew

From time to time, enthusiastic home brewers ask me to taste their beers. I am always reluctant to engage in this exercise because their home brew was not made for my palate and so my opinion is of no consequence. Furthermore, I have expectations and experiences and make assumptions that are quite different from the […]

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: About baseball and breweries

Baseball should be played only by large and, mostly, hirsute men for lots of money. It should not be inflicted on small boys and their doting grandparents. Baseball reminds me of cricket that used to be a part of summers in my boyhood. I would spend a long time daydreaming in the field waiting for […]

August 14, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Europeans thirst for American craft beers

Travel in foreign parts is not just about the scenery or historic places or architecture or museums full of amazing things; it’s also about eating and drinking. This last item comes with risks and benefits. On a trip from which we have just returned, and from which we have suffered, for some reason, the worst […]

July 31, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: From conquerors to cider, Normandy has it all

Normandy is justly famous for three things: * William, duke of Normandy, who became known as William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 when he became king of England; * The Bayeaux Tapestry, which, in 70 meters of extraordinary embroidery, records the events leading up to the battle and of course the landing […]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Brewing in the idyllic English Cotswolds

The Queen’s Head in Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds of England is among my favorite pubs. Of course, it is deliciously old, having been a part of this ancient market town since the 13th century, has all sort of nooks and crannies to settle into with one’s favorite and well-loved companion, low beams festooned in hop […]

July 03, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Graduations: moving on and future options

Examinations and qualifications and educational choices are much in my mind these days. This is partly because I have just bid farewell to the 2014 class of students in my Master Brewers Program; we had a happy graduation luncheon last week following the three examinations of the Institute of Brewing. Also, we attended the Davis […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of brew: Davis Beerfest: So many beers so little time

I have some good advice: Take it easy! And what could be a better way to relax than drinking a beer or two in the shade on a warm June day? Sound good? Then please plan to attend the Davis BeerFest. You will be glad you did! The Fest will be held Saturday, June 7, […]

June 05, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Aged 21? Welcome to the Davis BeerFest

It’s BeerFest time! The 10th annual Davis BeerFest will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, beneath the overpass at Sudwerk, 2001 Second St. The BeerFest is a lot of fun and good value for money: Included in the entrance price of $40 in advance ($45 at the door) are, among other […]

May 22, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

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