Award of Honor​


The Award of Honor is given to a Master Brewers member who has delivered significant contributions to brewing science, technology, and operations that have benefited the association. It is not expected that the recipient will have made contributions in all these areas. It could be that the significant contribution is in one area only. 
The award is not bestowed each year, only in the years when there is an exceptional member who fits the criteria.

2019 Awardee

Jim Kuhr
is Director of Operations at the Matt Brewing Company in Utica, New York. Jim began his brewing career with the G. Heileman Brewing Company in Frankenmuth Michigan in 1984 where he worked in Packaging and Brewing Quality Assurance and Brewing Supervision. Jim joined Matt Brewing in 1991 as Associate Brewmaster and has held the roles of Brewing Manager and Brewmaster.

As a Master Brewers member for more than 25 years, Jim has served as President and Board of Governors Representative for District Western New York and was a founding member of the Master Brewers Food Safety Committee, Brewery Safety Committee, and Past Presidents Committee. Jim served on the Executive Committee from 2013 to 2017 and as Master Brewers President for the 2015–2016 term.

Recipients of this award receive the following:
  • Award plaque​
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the Master Brewers Conference
  • Recognized during the Award Ceremony at the Master Brewers Conference 

Call for Nominations

Nominate a colleague for this prestigious​ Master Brewers Award. Deadline to submit is March 31.

Previous 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
​2018 ​Charlie Bamforth
​2019 ​​Jim Kuhr
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