Michael Lewis

Point of Brew: Recollections of Christmases past

We have just put up our Christmas tree and decorated it with lights and baubles. As there is no decorative theme or color scheme to this endeavor, it looks nothing like the glorious creations I see in smart stores this time of year. But our tree is good deal more than mere decoration: It is […]

December 18, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and tuition

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend of mine who had attended a seminar about creativity. We had a quite a chat about what creativity is and whether it could be taught or learned. I don’t remember exactly where we came out at the end of the conversation, because quite a […]

December 04, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Here’s a little more about water conservation

Half a dozen folks reacted to my Nov. 6 column about harvesting rain water from my roof. One correspondent updated my numbers about the amount of water used in breweries but the others wrote about their own experience with collecting rainwater here in Davis. One correspondent told me about his professionally installed system of special […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

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 ,

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