Award of Honor

2018 Awardee

This year's awardee will be recognized during the Master Brewers Closing Session at Brewing Summit 2018 in San Diego.
Dr. Charlie Bamforth is Distinguished Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at the University of California, Davis and Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham. He is immediate past President of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling and recently retired as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists after 18 years in the role. He has been in the industry since 1978, in senior roles at the Brewing Research Foundation (twice) and Bass before moving to the US in 1999. Charlie has published extensively on brewing and even more on soccer!



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.


  • Award plaque
  • One (1) complimentary registration to the Master Brewers Conference
  • Recognized during the Award Ceremony at the Master Brewers Conference 

Past 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