The Award of Merit may be given annually to an individual (or individuals if they have worked as a team) who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, has made an outstanding contribution to the brewing industry and who will be invited to give a lecture at the annual meeting.
Nominations may be made by any MBAA member and reviewed by the Technical Committee and submitted to the Executive Committee for approval. The award will consist of a suitably inscribed plaque and will be presented to the recipient at the annual meeting by the president. The Executive Committee may, at its discretion, elect not to make an award each year.
Mustafa Rehmanji has over 45 years of experience in the malting and brewing industry. His current interests are in the areas of beer stabilization and the commercial treatment of beverages. Mustafa started his brewing career with Kenya Breweries, followed by a move to Canada where he served as director of technical service with Prairie Malt Ltd., now Cargill Malt. Later, he joined International Specialty Products, which was subsequently acquired by Ashland Inc. Mustafa retired from Ashland Inc. last December. Mustafa holds a B.S. degree in chemistry, a business degree and diploma in brewing technology. He is an active member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and the American Society of Brewing Chemists. Mustafa has given a number of technical papers at industry conventions including MBAA, ASBC, and IBD.