Michael Lewis

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 ,

Point of Brew: A bit of a wangle in Byron Bay

Companies sometimes do the most curious things. I understand a company seeks to gain a commercial advantage by investing in some subterfuge or stratagem or wangle or even theft; that sometimes works quite well and may work well for some time. Often as not, however, the wangle causes embarrassment and even considerable pain. In this […]

May 08, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Risus paschalis and the Craft Brewers Conference

April has been a busy month, what with the Craft Brewers Conference taking up one week and the Easter spring break taking up another. We spent Easter week in Vienna, Va., with my son David and his lovely wife Kristen and family, and we enjoyed that a lot. Their boys — Mac, 9; Teddy, 7; […]

April 24, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Hops: the bitterness of beers and politics

By the time you read this, I shall be returning from the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver. I’m looking forward to this annual adventure into the craft brewing landscape. There I shall be exposed to an extraordinary overload of sensory inputs in the form of raucous ideas as well as raucous products, many of them […]

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Save water; Drink cider from cans

Three main topics dominate the beer press this week: the drought, of course, especially for western breweries, large and small; beer cans; and the astonishing success of cider. Of course cider is only related to beer in the sense that it is sold very much as beer is, in 12-ounce bottles and cans; it has […]

March 27, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: The Crimea, beer and me

I knew all about the Crimea, or more exactly the Crimean War of 1853-56, when I was a small boy in grade school. So I am intrigued to find it back in the news again and I’m taking a good deal of interest in it. To tell the truth, my youthful introduction to the Crimea […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

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