Michael Lewis

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 ,

Point of Brew: ABInbev and the Brotherhood of Brewers

Some years ago, I gave a talk at the Craft Brewers Conference that suggested too many craft brewers were making what I called extreme beers. I suggested they were catering to a few devoted and vociferous aficionados who were pulling the craft industry in a dangerous direction toward the highly alcoholic, extremely bitter and sour […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Back in the day with CWC’s Winter Concert

When out walking, one hears snatches of conversation of those passing swiftly by on bicycles; they talk loudly. I heard one young man say to his fellow bicyclist. “I remember, back in the day, when a friend of mine got a Nintendo Wii.” And, with that, they were gone. Since the Nintendo Wii became available […]

February 13, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: A weekend of rugby in Las Vegas

I spent last weekend in Las Vegas. I was there with my two sons to attend the USA International Seven-a-Side Rugby Tournament. The sevens tournament is staged by the International Rugby Board and is known officially as the HSBC (a primary sponsor) Sevens World Series. The competing teams are the national rugby teams of each […]

January 30, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Working toward great-tasting zero waste

“It’s not easy being green.” — Kermit the Frog The Fairfield brewery of Anheuser-Busch-Inbev has made a concerted effort to limit use of water; it is now among the most water-conscious of breweries but still uses nearly 3.5 hectoliters of water per hectoliter of beer produced. Water conservation was doubtless a wise move considering that the […]

January 16, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

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