(Nashville, TN) – The Brewers Association announced its individual recognition awards this week at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Below are the winners of the four awards announced by the BA (original post here).
Since 1987, the Brewers Association has recognized people who inspire, advocate and innovate within the craft brewing industry to an exceptional degree. These individuals, nominated by their peers, receive awards at the General Session of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America.
We are pleased to present our 2018 winners:
FX Matt Industry Defense Award
This award is named after the late FX Matt, president of FX Matt Brewing Co., Utica, New York, and a tireless and outspoken champion of the small brewing industry.
2018 recipient: Nancy Palmer, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.
This year’s winner is the first woman to win the FX Matt Defense of the Industry Award. She coordinated the Georgia brewers in an effort that came to an agreement with wholesalers in Georgia to allow the sale of pints, packaging and food items at breweries in her state, which helped develop the craft brewing activity in Georgia and removed a major barrier to entrepreneurs wishing to start breweries. In addition, she is one of the recognized leaders of the network of executive directors of state guilds.
Recognition Award from the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association Recognition Award is presented annually to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement.
2018 recipient: Charles Bamforth, UC Davis
Charles Bamforth trained a generation of brewers as an author, mentor, leader, teacher, teacher, beer enthusiast. Some of the institutions with which our recipient has worked or has been honored include the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham, Heriot-Watt University, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, the American Society of Brewing Chemists and the University of California at Davis. His books include brewing standards and the scientific principles of malting and brewing.
Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing
The Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing was created in memory of the late Russell Schehrer, founding partner and first brewer of the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, Colorado. Russell was one of the pioneers of the craft brewing industry and, as such, was one of the industry’s earliest innovators.
2018 recipient: Tomme Arthur, Port Brewing Co./The Lost Abbey
Tomme Arthur began his brewing career in 1996 and quickly built a reputation for making a variety of great beers. It has won the Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery Brewery Brewer of the Year on several occasions. For years, our winner has been breaking new ground on the draft beer front with both wine and bourbon casks. In fact, he was one of the first to adopt both in our industry. Aside from the beautiful beers he makes, he gave all the knowledge he had to anyone who wanted to listen to him on the subject of kegs and aging wooden beer. When you think of Brettanomcyes, it was one of the first adapters in the industry. His 2004 collaboration with Peter Bouckaert, Mo Betta Bretta, a 100% Brett beer, was the first of its kind in the United States. He has become a humble brewer showing great creativity and restraint with all the beers he brews.
Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year
This award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond to actively market, sell and promote beer from small independent brewers.
2018 recipient: Tryon Distributing, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tryon Distributing began as a small wine distributor in 1985 serving three counties in North Carolina. They now carry dozens of beers from craft brewers statewide. They are independent from having a major and dominant supplier allowing this multigenerational family business to make independent decisions for the benefit of their partners and more than 200 employees. The company recently added a second temperature-controlled warehouse to help serve retail customers. An out-of-state craft brewer noted that “their deep roots in building their brand have not only remained intact during this time of industry boom, but have been corrected to keep pace with changing trends. time, avoiding unnecessary rationalization of SKUs ”.
We raise our glasses to these exceptional people and toast their contributions to the American craft brewery.