Award of Honor​

2021 Awardee

Susan Welch's entrée into the brewing industry came during summers in between college years, when she worked in the Research and Quality Lab at Froedtert Malt in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating with her Masters in International Business, she joined International Malting Corporation as export manager, responsible for establishing an export program for malt from North America and France to Asia, Africa and Latin America. After a six-year hiatus from the brewing industry, she returned in 2006 to help develop the domestic craft market for a large multinational malting company. In 2018, she joined Proximity Malt's Sales team, where she continues to evangelize the story of malt in brewing. Susan first joined Master Brewers (District Caribbean) in 1987. She was a charter member of District Northern ​Rockies, and has been a member of District Northwest since 2006. She served on and chaired the Master Brewers Technical Committee from 2009 – 2014, and has since served as Chair of the Higher Education 
Committee, the Executive Committee, Nominations Committee, and currently, the Master Brewers DEI 
(Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Committee.  


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.

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

How to Nominate

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

Previous Recipients

2021Susan Welch
2019Jim Kuhr
2018Charlie Bamforth
2015John Houseman
2014Jens Voigt
2013Jaime Jurado
2003Jerrold Hilton
2000Joseph Hertrich
1997John Britnell
1995Giorgio Sega
1994James E. Stewart
1992Karl Strauss
1991Ruben Schneider
1990Andrew Steinhubl
1989Paul Geddes
1988Herman Rosenbusch
1987John McCabe
1986Harold M. Broderick
1985Eugenio Gebauer
1984Herbert K. Oehmichen
1983H. Ranulph Hudston
1981James W. Fitzsimons
1980William A. Hipp

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