Michael Lewis

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 ,

Point of Brew: Redux: perfidy, sedition, treason and traitor

I have a question for you: What is the difference between: a) Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and the far-right agenda of his Muslim Brotherhood and b) John Boehner in Washington and the far-right agenda of his tea party? And the answer is: Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood won a national election. It was with this […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Beer sales rebounding in tough economy

Let’s not kid ourselves: Beer sales have not exactly sparkled in the past few years. There have been several reasons for this, including the general economic conditions of the country. Oddly enough, brewers have long considered beer sales to be recession-proof; the idea is that although some drinkers drop out of the beverage market in […]

October 10, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Dr. Kulka’s cardboard box

About 30 years ago, a fond mom bought a box full of old postcards for her son who collected them (and other things). It turned out that the box was a personal archive of one Dr. Dora Kulka that contained, in addition to perhaps 1,000 postcards, many family photographs and letters dating from 1910 to […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: ‘Writing Buddies’ comes to town

I have a good deal of experience reading the writings of mature students who have graduated from universities around this country. That is because every week, for up to 18 weeks, 20 to 40 young people write answers to brewing questions and submit them to me for assessment. Each of these answers requires an essay […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Point of brew: You want ice with that?

Had a reader of this column not drawn it to my attention I would have missed the article in the Wall Street Journal of Thursday, Aug. 15. I borrowed a copy of the paper and found the piece by Hiroyuki Kachi. The headline was intriguing: “Is that ice cream on your beer? Japan’s wacky summer […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

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