Award of Merit​​

2021 Awardee

Dr. Tom Shellhammer
is the Nor’Wester Professor of Fermentation Science and a Professor of Food 
Science in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University where he carries out research, teaching and outreach activities focused on beer and raw materials quality with particu​lar attention paid to hops. Throughout his 23-year academic career he has taught a wide range of courses from brewing science to brewing/food engineering, beer packaging, and the history, business, and technology of the fermentation industries. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, technical reports and patents and delivered over 300 professional presentations on 5 different continents. From 2010 – 2020 he served on the Executive Board of the Master Brewers District Northwest. He is a member of the Board of Examiners for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.


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. Nominations may be made by any Master Brewers member and are reviewed by the Nominations Committee and approved by the Executive Committee.


  • ​$500 award honorarium

  • Optional 10 minute oral presentation during the Closing Session at the Master Brewers Conference. 

  • Recognized during the Closing Session at the Master Brewers Conference 

How to Nominate

Nominations are due each year by March 31​. An online form will be available in January of each year​.​

Past Recipients

​Tom Shellhammer
​2017 ​Alex Speers
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 Coors
​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 Lieberman
​1987 ​Robert Halcrow
​1985 ​Michael Lewis
​1983 ​Mirsolav Dadic
​1982 ​Arnulfo Canales
​1981 ​Karl Strauss
​1980 ​Moritmer Brenner
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