Michael Lewis

Point of Brew: Uncle Hugh and safari beer

Uncle Hugh McClure was not my uncle; he was my godfather and a man my dad deeply admired. Uncle Hugh was a physician who was a medical missionary in Africa; my dad and he always kept in touch. I do not know how these two quite different men found each other but Dad always supported […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: An American Briton

I am usually very comfortable in Britain. After all, I spent the first one-third of my life there and grew from a twinkle in my father’s eye to a married man there; I spent all those years fully engaged in the social, cultural, physical and educational fabric of Britain. I am familiar with the place; it […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Celebrating uncles at Christmastime

There are always uncles at Christmas; the same uncles. I had lots of uncles, all Welshmen, mostly huge men with prodigious thirsts and sometimes not easy to be with. I mostly knew them through family gatherings at holidays (and weddings and funerals) and Christmas. Most were beer men, extraordinary drinkers, a few owned pubs or […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: The winter of my content

I’m writing this overlooking the rolling countryside of the Heart of England, Warwickshire. I think the English landscape is particularly beautiful in winter; the leaves have gone and one can see the bare bones of the fields and trees and the skeleton upon which the scene is built. This morning is unusually lovely; there has […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of brew: Enjoy a beer with Thanksgiving leftovers

When it comes to Thanksgiving I always try to identify for what I am most thankful. This year I am thankful for our Constitution. Frankly, I am not usually a fan of that document, having grown up in a nation without a written constitution, because I think it can be manipulated and whipsawed and twisted […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Pairing beers with food

Many years ago, my dear traveling companion and I went to the Benbow Inn in Garberville for Thanksgiving. It was just one of those get-out-of-town opportunities when all members of our family had other fish to fry and other places to be at Thanksgiving and we were not particularly wanted at home or any other […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Testing the limits of tipsy

The Wall Street Journal (which should know better) recently conducted an experiment with some partygoers to explore the world of drinking and drunkenness. The results of the experiment, plus some wise words about drinking and driving, were contained in a report that carried the same headline as this column. The WSJ report was made in […]

October 27, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Rugby football is a sport Americans deserve

Most Americans do not know that the Rugby World Cup contest, which takes place only once every four years, is currently under way in New Zealand. We in the United States are too much engaged in the opening of the football season and closing of the baseball season, with the endless playoffs between this and […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Ruhstaller Beer returns to region

Sacramento used to be the Milwaukee of the West. From the days of the Gold Rush to Prohibition, as many as a dozen breweries operated simultaneously in the city. Sacramento was famous for turning the grain and hops that grow so well in the fertile valley soils into beer and for exchanging miners’ gold dust […]

Point of Brew: A pot of ale, and who was Shakespeare?

As a young man in the 1950s, I used to enjoy beers from Flowers Brewery in Stratford-upon-Avon. The brewery owned a lot of delightful old pubs in the villages and small towns found down the leafy lanes of Warwickshire that we used to cruise on Sunday evenings. I was fond of these beers partly because […]

Point of brew: My hopes for Aggie Lager

I have high hopes for Aggie Lager. The name of this beer is the result of a licensing agreement between the brewers at the Sudwerk Privatbrauerei Hubsch, Davis’ only micro-brewery, and UC Davis. The recently announced cooperation will allow Sudwerk to use the logo of the university in its promotion of the beer, presumably on […]

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