​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. Membership in Master Brewers is not required. 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

  • Recognized during the Closing Session/Award Ceremony at the Master Brewers Conference. Awardees have the option of a 10 minute oral presentation during the award ceremony.​​

How to Nominate

Review the above criteria and complete the online nomination form by March 28, 2023.​

Past Recipients

​Carol Stoudt
​T​om 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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