Michael Lewis

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 ,

Point of Brew: Advertising: Good or evil, but effective

Advertising always fascinates me. I just read that the advertising spots for Super Bowl XLIX are virtually sold out at $4.5 million per spot. NBC thinks the spots are worth double that amount. Anheuser-Busch is again the main advertiser with three spots to promote their flagship Budweiser and Bud Light brands. They get a useful […]

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

A new year’s resolution: Walk lightly on the planet

This is part of the Old Testament reading of the Episcopal Church for the first Sunday after Christmas: “For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all […]

December 31, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

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 ,

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