Michael Pollan has written books dealing with growing corn and apples and marijuana and beef and genetically modified foods and the screwed-up American system of industrialized food. He also happens to brew beer at home.
"I've been brewing my own beer for only about a year," Pollan said in a recent interview.
A former Connecticut resident, Pollan now lives in northern California and teaches at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
"I've had some successes and I've had some failures," Pollan said of his relatively recent introduction to the world of home brewing.
Those successes are "very satisfying," says Pollan, even if he isn't quite sure yet why some of his beer efforts have turned out well while others haven't. He said he's learning that home brewing takes a great deal of attention to detail and patience.
He also admits to having stored away a few six-packs he's "not rushing to drink."
But Pollan, being a professor with presumably thirsty college students, believes he's found the answer to the question of what to do with those not-so-marvelous batches of home brew.
He's planning to invite all his graduate students over for dinner at his house and figures that'll be a great time to bring out all of his experimental efforts. "I'll see if we can't get through some of it," he said.
Pollan denies he's seeking to take advantage of college students' notorious affection for free beer. However, he adds, it won't hurt that those students of his "may be a little less discriminating" when it comes to taste-testing his home brew.
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