Three successful members of the brewing community were recognized with awards
for their dedication and service to the industry at the opening session of the
Brewers Association's annual Craft Brewers Conference.
The Brewers Association Recognition Award went to Larry Bell, Founder and Owner
of Bell's Brewery, Inc. Bell started the Kalamazoo Brewing Company and Bell's
Brewery, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1985, the earliest craft brewery in the
eastern half of the United States. Larry's dedication to the industry includes
serving as a former chair of the Brewers Association's predecessor organization
and acting as a driving force with current Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper for
the creation of American Beer Month (which evolved into American Craft Beer
"Larry is a leader in our
industry known for his innovative beers and the passion he brings to craft
brewing," said Brewers Association Board of Directors Chair Nick Matt, CEO
of Matt Brewing Company. Mountain West Brewery Supply's David Edgar noted in
documents supporting Bells nomination that "Larry is continually pushing
the envelope with experimenting with different grains, different yeast
strains and plenty of hops."
To select a winner of the Brewers Association Recognition Award each year,
members of the association nominate candidates and the Brewers Association
Board of Directors votes to determine the winner.
The Brewers Association presented the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation
in Brewing to Ken Grossman, CEO/President of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Grossman received this year's award for his leadership in technical brewing
science for craft brewers. He is still deeply involved in technical brewing
projects at Sierra Nevada and has led numerous initiatives in the area of
sustainability and beer quality.
"Ken Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 30 years ago based on
one principle, to make the highest quality beer in America," said Vinnie
Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Co. in a nominating document. "I think
Ken's never-ending quest in life is to make Sierra Nevada's beers even
better than they already are."
The Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing was first given in 1997
to honor Russell Schehrer, who died in 1996 at 38 years old, for his
contributions to the brewing industry. Schehrer was a founding partner and
original head brewer at Colorado's first brewpub, Wynkoop Brewing Co. He was
also one of the first brewers to produce mead, doppel alt, cream stout and
Brewers Association brewery members submit nominations every year for the
Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing. The winner is chosen from
the slate of nominees by a vote of the previous award winners.
The Brewers Association presented the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry
Award to Steve Hindy, Chairman and President of The Brooklyn Brewery. Hindy
recently testified in a Congressional hearing to communicate how state
franchise laws can hinder the ability for small brewers to grow their
businesses and how self-distribution is important to many small brewers to
develop their access to market.
"Steve's work on behalf of the industry is almost too great to list," says
Brewers Association Past Chair Richard Doyle of Harpoon Brewery. "His
involvement on the Beer Institute board established credibility for craft
brewers there and reaffirmed our place at the table."
The F.X. Matt Award is given in honor of a champion of small brewers, F.X.
Matt (1933-2001), president of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, New York
from 1980-1989 and chairman from 1989-2001.
Past Award Winners
Brewers Association Recognition Award Winners
2009 Ken Allen, Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
2008 Dr. Michael Lewis, U.C. Davis
2007 Jack McAuliffe, New Albion Brewing Co.
2006 Chuck Skypeck, Boscos Brewing Co.
2005 Carol Stoudt, Stoudts Brewing Company
2004 Jack Joyce, Rogue Ales
2003 Mary-Anne Gruber, Briess Malting Co.
2002 George Fix, Clemson University
2001 Jim and Bobbie Kennedy, Admiralty Beverage Russell
2000 Ralph Olson and Ralph Woodall, Hopunion CBS, LLC
1999 Bill Owens, American Brewer Magazine
1998 Charles Finkel, Merchant du Vin
1997 Jim Koch and Rhonda Kallman, Boston Beer Co.
1996 Karl Strauss, Karl M. Strauss Consulting
1995 John Hickenlooper and Russell Schehrer, Wynkoop Brewing Co.
1994 Fred Scheer, Frankenmuth Brewery
1993 Jeff Mendel, Institute for Brewing Studies
1992 Paul Shipman, Red Hook Ale Brewery
1991 Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
1990 Bert Grant, Yakima Brewing and Malting
1989 Roger Briess, Briess Malting Co.
1988 Fritz Maytag, Anchor Brewing Co.
1987 Michael Jackson
Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing Winners
2009 Steve Parkes, American Brewers Guild
2008 Vinnie Cilurzo, Russian River Brewing Company
2007 Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Brewing Company
2006 Dan Carey, New Glarus Brewing Company
2005 Greg Noonan, Vermont Pub and Brewery
2004 Dick Cantwell, Elysian Brewing Company
2003 Phil Markowski, Southampton Publick House
2002 John Mallett, Kalamazoo Brewing Co.
2001 John Harris, Full Sail Brewing Co.
2000 Mark Carpenter, Anchor Brewing Co.
1999 Fal Allen, Pike Brewing; Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
1998 Garrett Oliver, The Brooklyn Brewery
1997 John Maier, Oregon Brewing Co./Rogue Ales
F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry Award Winners
2009 Eric Wallace, Left Hand Brewing Company
2008 John Carlson, Colorado Brewers Guild
2007 George Hancock, Pyramid Brewing Co.
2006 Daniel Bradford, past BAA President
2005 Marc Sorini, McDermott Will & Emery
2004 Marc Sorini, BAA Counsel
2003 Jim Parker, Oregon Brewers Guild
2002 Mike McKinney, Texas Wholesalers Association
2001 David Edgar, Past Institute for Brewing Studies Director
2000 Fred Bowman, Portland Brewing Co.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the Brewers Association (BA) is the
not-for-profit trade and education association dedicated to small and
independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing
enthusiasts. Visit BrewersAssociation.org to learn more. The association's
activities include events and publishing: CraftBeer.com, World Beer Cupฎ;
Great American Beer Festival℠; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo
Americaฎ; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition;
SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience; American Craft Beer Week;
Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on beer and brewing.
The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 20,000+
homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.