​Honorary Life Members

2021 Honorary Life Member​

Dr. Michael Lewis earned his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry at the University of Birmingham (England) in 1960 and immediately emigrated to the USA. In 1962 he accepted a fellowship at the University of California Davis (UCD) funded by Master Brewers. In 1964 he joined the faculty and became the first Professor of Brewing Science in the Americas, established the first instructional courses in brewing at an American university and the first Fermentation Science major. Many graduates enjoyed stellar careers in the industry. He also served UCD as an Assistant Vice-Chancellor, as an Associate Dean and as Director of several programs. He retired in 1995.

Dr. Lewis addressed national and international conventions and many Master Brewers District meetings; he offered numerous industry short courses. In retirement his 18-week Master Brewers Program, offered though UCD Extension, gave important access for brewers to university instruction. He was an early supporter of craft brewers and started the American Brewers Guild (education) and Pub Brewing Company (equipment) in their service.
He is a Fellow and Life member of the Institute of Brewing and an Honorary Life Member of ASBC. He is a previous recipient of the Master Brewers Award of Merit Award and he won the UCD Distinguished Teaching Award.

He is featured in the Smithsonian permanent brewing exhibit honoring a lifetime of service to the industry.
Michael and Sheila have been together for over 60 years and love three children and their spouses and seven grandchildren. 


Honorary Life Membership may be bestowed by the association upon outgoing Master Brewers past presidents and to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the advancement of the association, the art of brewing, or the interest thereof, upon recommendation of the Board of Governors.


  • Award certificate
  • Honorary Life Membership to Master Brewers
  • Recognized during the Award Ceremony at the Master Brewers Conference

Past Recipients

Max Au​bele*
Douglas Babcook
Vincent Bavisotto
Allan Beach*
Robert Brady*
Arnulfo Canales
Horace Cunningham
Jim Diamantis
Joseph Dinzl*
John Ehmann
Tom Eplett, III
Toby Eppard
Allan Fields
F.W. Finger*

Jorge Fleischmann*
Eugenio Gebauer*
Edward Greisler*
Joseph Hertrich
Henry Hilton*
Roy Johnson
Jamie Jurado
Henry King*
Kathy Kinton
Frank Kirner
Ray Klimovitz
Paul Kramer
Jim Kuhr
Herbert Ladish*
Michael J. Lewis​​
Gary Luther
Frank Mathes*
Jack McCabe*
Robert McCaig
Gerhard Meng*
Augusto Metz*
Edward Neschke*
Hugo Patino
Joseph Pickett, Sr.*
George Reisch
Otto Rubish*
Inge Russell
Gil Sanchez
Felix Schmidt*
Ruben Schneider
Arthur Schoenlein*
Kris Scholl
John Seabrooks
Giorgio Sega
Richard Seibold*
James Shakman*
Larry Sidor
Joseph Spinka*
James Steer*
Andrew Steinhubl
Charles Steinicke*
Michael​ Sutton
Joseph Tschida, Jr.*
Thomas Volke
Susan Welch


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