Michael Lewis

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 ,

Point of Brew: Craft brewing back to the future

Duke Albrecht IV enacted the well-known and durable German (or Bavarian) beer purity law called the Reinheitsgebot in 1487; it required that beer be made only from barley (meaning barley malt), water and hops. Some brewers abide by that ancient dictum today, perhaps for marketing reasons or as an ideal guide to brewing excellence, although […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of brew: Have a beery beery Christmas and Prosbeerous New Year

In recent days I have run across beer in odd places: A) Beer as bribe, B) Beer on eBay, C) Beer and bikes, D) Beer and bricks, and E) Beer and billboards. The question is: What has all this to do with Christmas? Are there any Christmas messages here? Let me try to find the […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Brewing a better future in Africa?

I saw a headline the other day that proclaimed “blood beer.” Although craft brewers are adding all sorts of materials to beers, these days, including fruits, vegetables, herbs and bits of trees and odd minerals among other things, I have not heard of any brewers adding blood to beers. The headline therefore intrigued me. Turns […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: There and back again, a brewer’s tale

Modern travel is a marvel: On Monday this week, we had breakfast in Sydney and dinner in Davis. Some 7,500 miles or 12,000 kilometers separate these two cities, yet that distance can be spanned in a single leap by modern aircraft carrying more than 400 passengers in relative comfort at nearly 600 mph or 1,000 […]

November 21, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: On the road in a most green and pleasant land

This place reminds me a lot of Wales. The mountains are numerous and green; not that slightly dusty green we see in California but a luminous emerald green we normally see only on paint chips at the hardware store. The roads are narrow and in many places winding, and narrow bridges cross over bounding streams […]

November 07, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

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