Award of Distinction

2018 Awardee

Awardees will be acknowledged during the ASBC Opening Session on August 12, 2018, at Brewing Summit 2018.

Guy Derdelinckx (1954) is professor at KULeuven (Belgium). Together with Prof. em. Hubert Verachtert and with the support of famous Belgian Specialty Beer Breweries as Trappists and Duvel Moortgat, he focused the major part of his scientific life on research about applied microbiology in the field of malting and brewing. His team was active more specifically on metabolites synthesized by microorganisms (molds, yeasts and even bacteria) that could have a negative (or sometimes a positive) influence on beer physicochemical and/or flavor properties. The major topics studied are: esterase activity in beer during storage of bottles of brands characterized by re-fermentation (Ph.D.’s by Neven and by Daenen); influence of thermal load during brewing and boiling on beer ageing by specialty beers (Ph.D.’s by De Schutter and by Vanderhaegen); and finally, his essential discovery: description of the mechanism of primary gushing provoked by Class 2 hydrophobins (Ph.D.’s by Deckers, by Shokribousjein and by Khalesi).



Acknowledges exceptional lifetime achievement in the science of brewing. The awardee will be a long standing member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists.  This award will only be given when exceptional achievement has been shown as deemed by the Board of Directors.

To Nominate Your Colleagues

To nominate a fellow member for the Award of Distinction and/or the Honorary Life Member, please complete the Award Nominations Form. Nominations for the 2018 award are closed.


  • $1,000 award honorarium
  • Complimentary ASBC Annual Meeting Registration

Previous Recipients

​2015 ​Xiang S. Yin
​2013 ​Patrick Ting and Steven C. Nelson
​2011 ​Charlie Bamforth
​2010 ​Greg Casey
​2008 ​Barry Axcell and Graham Stewart
​2001 ​Alfred Haunold, Takashi Inoue, Miyoko Ono
​1999 ​Karl Siebert
​1998 ​Godfrey Palmer