Award of Honor

The Award of Honor is given to a Master Brewers member who has rendered outstanding service to the association. The award consists of a plaque and complimentary Master Brewers Annual Conference registration.

2015 Recipient

John Houseman started his brewing career in May of 1965 at the Ortlieb Brewery in Philadelphia, PA. While he was there, he attended the MBAA brewing course in Madison, WI. The following year, he attended the Lauhauf Good Manufacturing Practices at Illinois State University. John graduated from the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology in Chicago, IL, in 1979. When the Ortlieb Brewery closed in January of 1981, he accepted a position at the Heileman Breweryin Baltimore, MD. He was promoted to brewmaster in 1987. When the brewery closed at the end of 1996, John was transferred to the Stroh’s Plant in Tampa, FL. He worked for Stroh’s until the end of January of 1999 when they closed the plant. Dick Yuengling purchased the Tampa facility in early April of 1999. He offered John the brewmaster position, which John held until he retired at the end of August of 2015.


Past Recipients  

​1980 William A. Hipp
​1981 ​James W. Fitzsimons
​1982 ​Leslie C. Jessop
​1983 ​H. Ranulph Hudston
​1984 ​Herbert K. Oehmichen
​1985 ​Eugenio Gebauer
​1986 ​Harold M. Broderick
​1987 ​John McCabe
​1988 ​Herman Rosenbusch
​1989 ​Paul Geddes
​1990 ​Andrew Steinhubl
​1991 ​Ruben Schneider
​1992 ​Karl Strauss
​1994 ​James E. Stewart
​1995 ​Giorgio Sega
​1997 ​John Britnell
​2000 ​Joseph Hertrich
2003 ​Jerrold Hilton
​2013 ​​Jaime Jurado
​2014 ​Jens Voigt
​2015 ​John Houseman