Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

Food Science and Technology


Food Science (1962-1994)

Professor Lewis retired in 1994. 

Professor Emeritus Michael J. Lewis is author of Stout (Brewers Publications, 1998), and conducted the program in Brewing Science at the University of California, Davis since 1962. He accepted emeritus status in 1995.

His accomplishments at U.C. Davis were many, leading to his selection as a Fellow of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (London) in 1985. In 1986 he received the prestigious Award-of-Merit of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA); in 1992 he was invited to be a Senior Member of the International Brewers Guild (London) and is Life Member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists; in 2008 Dr. Lewis received the Recognition Award of the Brewers Association for service to the industry. Dr. Lewis has published many scientific papers on brewing topics mostly related to brewing processes including yeast physiology and fermentation; the behavior of cereal grains in brewing systems; biochemistry of proteins; interrelations among enzyme systems; sensory science (beer flavor). His book Brewing, now in several printings.

Watch a video of Lewis interviewed about the brewing program of the department.

Brewing Industry Honors Michael Lewis with Student Endowment By Pat Bailey on January 21, 2009, in UC Davis News

Awards and Honors

2019: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History - Part of the permanent brewing history display at the Smithsonian