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Lauren Keene

Point of Brew: Extreme beers, extreme people

I have met some extreme beers and some extreme people recently. Beers first. Last week saw the end of Sacramento Beer Week. All over town, beer enthusiasts celebrated our burgeoning local beer market by attending special events; I attended two of them. The first was an Art of Beer beer tasting and art exhibit put […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Pepper-spraying the brand

In Time magazine this week, the Lightbox image, just inside the front cover, is a beautiful photograph taken inside St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican; it shows Pope Benedict XVI at the papal altar under the magnificent Bernini canopy at a ceremony to elevate 22 clerics to the rank of cardinal. In a glorious sea […]

Point of Brew: Generosity, indeed, ‘s Wonderful

On a recent flight to Africa, I overheard a group of physicians discussing the work they would do upon arrival; how, and where, and with what, and with whom, they would set up camp to serve, however briefly and incompletely, urgent medical needs of the nomadic Maasai villagers of Tanzania. They were excited and eager […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Point of Brew: Pottery and Pickled Pig and Patrick

These days there are small craft breweries in all sorts of odd places. Of course, I expect to find small breweries in the larger cities of most countries and am rarely disappointed. After all, large cities are where the people live who will drink the beer and placing the brewery near the market always makes […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,

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