Award of Merit

​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 Master Brewers 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.

2017 Recipient

Alex Speers is a Professor in the Canadian Institute of Fermentation Technology at Dalhousie University. Born in Creston, BC, he gained a B.Sc. (Agr.), M.Sc. and Ph.D. at UBC in Vancouver. Alex has worked with Labatt’s and Molson’s breweries in the past. His research interests include brewing fermentability and modelling, yeast flocculation, CO2 solubility and malt properties. Dr. Speers has organized and presented at brewing workshops in America, Canada, China, and the UK. He is a past Chair of Editorial Board of the MBAA TQ. Alex is a member of the editorial boards of the JIB and the TQ and served on the editorial board of the Journal of the ASBC for 19 years. Alex has published or presented more than 225 papers. In 2011 Alex was awarded the W.J. Eva award by the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the IBD and a Chartered Scientist.

Past Recipients

2015​ ​Mustafa Rehmanji
​2013 ​Gary Luther
​2011 ​Karl Seibert
​2010 ​Graham Stewart
​2009 ​Bill Ladish
​2007 ​Frank Kirner
​2005 ​Finn Knudsen
​2003 ​Nick Huige
​2001 ​Inge Russell
​1999 ​William Corrs
​1998 ​Klaus Zastrow
​1997 ​Takashi Inoue
​1996 ​Egbert Pfisterer
​1995 ​Walter Swistowicz
​1994 ​Joseph Owades
​1993 ​Fritz Maytag
​1992 ​Ludwig Narziss
​1991 ​John Ladish
​1990 ​Morten Meilgaard
​1989 ​Charles Leiberman
​1987 ​Robert Halcrow
​1985 ​Michael Lewis
​1983 ​Mirsolav Dadic
​1982 ​Arnulfo Canales
​1981 ​Karl Strauss
​1980 ​Moritmer Brenner