Michael Lewis

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 […]

Point of Brew: Wandering in Wisconsin

I’m writing this in Wisconsin. I’ve been here a week. I like it. I used to come to Wisconsin on a regular basis, many years ago, when Milwaukee was the production and perhaps intellectual center of the American brewing Industry. Pabst, Schlitz and Millers, all then giants of the industry, had their business headquarters in […]

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Point of brew: Raw milk, raw beer — different things!

In 1989, Jack McAuliffe, truly the first craft brewer of the modern era with his New Albion Brewing Company in Sonoma, gave me a copy of “Studies on Fermentation” by Faulkner and Robb. The book is dated 1879. What makes the book interesting is that it is the first translation into English of Louis Pasteur’s […]

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Point of Brew: Of competitions and popularity polls

Our own Sudwerk Brewery is a frequent winner in beer contests that are strictly run and based on blind tasting by experts. Congratulations to Jay Prahl and the Sudwerk team of brewers on winning first place with their Pilsner at the 2011 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition. In contrast to this real competition, […]

Point of Brew: Have a brewski! Help your health

It is not often that we brewers get a pat on the back. More often, we get the proverbial shaft and must carry the blame for all the misuses and abuses of alcohol that the careless, the foolish, the inebriated and the addicted can invent. But a pat on the back we brewers have indeed […]

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Point of Brew: well water or river water?

Everyone knows about water and beer, because for some reason brewers once thought it clever to advertise the water rather than the beer. Most of us, I suppose, remember Hamms’ “From the land of sky-blue waters,” or Olympia’s “It’s the water!” and Coors’ “Pure Rocky Mountain spring water.” Beer is better than 90 percent water […]

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Point of Brew: Americans get 410 mpg; wow!

When odd sets of data come my way, I make something of a fetish of juggling the numbers. This mostly boils down to dividing one number into another, which is an ample stretch for my mathematical competence. Simple division, however, can be a useful check on whether the data are nonsense or plausible. I suppose […]

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