​ASBC honors its members through the Award of Distinction, Honorary Life Member, Eric Kneen Memorial Award, Charlie Bamforth Student Travel Award, and the Chaz Benedict Technical Committee Method Award.

Congratulations to the 2019 Awardees

The following ASBC members will be recognized during the Opening Session at the 2019 ASBC Meeting

Honorary Life Member

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Robert T. Foster, II
Retired, Molson Coors

Bob Foster received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1972 from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and joined the Coors Brewing Company in 1974. Bob attended Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and received a Ph.D. in brewing in 1997. While being employed at Coors, MillerCoors, and Molson Coors, Bob has worked in hops, brewing flavor chemistry, and EPR research. He is currently investigating beer oxidation and flavor stability. As a member of the ASBC, he is the senior advisor to the ASBC Technical Committee and has received two Eric Kneen Awards (2002 and 2011). Bob is also a member of the Master Brewers and the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine and has given several presentations and published reports on hops, brewing, flavor stability, and EPR.

Charlie Bamforth Student Travel Award

In recognition of his years of service to the brewing industry, the ASBC, and his students around the globe, the American Society of Brewing Chemists is proud to announce the creation of the Charles Bamforth Student Travel Award. The award recognizes Dr. Bamforth’s teaching, research, and publications by providing a contribution to young researchers. The award will be presented to ASBC student members whose abstract(s) have been the highest rated in the review and selection process for the ASBC Meeting. 

Recipients of this travel award will receive complimentary registration to the ASBC Meeting.  

2019 awardees

Margaux Huismann
Heriot-Watt University
United Kingdom

Lindsey Male
Aberystwyth University​
United Kingdom

Lindsey Rubottom
Oregon State University

Best Paper and Best Method Awards

The Eric Kneen Memorial Award is presented to ASBC members that are author(s) of the best paper in the Journal of the ASBC in the previous calendar year. 

Winning Paper from Volume 76, 2018, issue 4

Exploring Adlehyde Release in Beer by 4-Vinylpyridine and the Effect of Cysteine Addition on the Beer's Pool of Bound Aldehydes​​

Authors: ​Jeroen Baert, Jessika De Clippeleer, Paula Busstillo Trueba, Barbara Jaskula-Goiris, Gert De Rouck, Guido Aerts, Luc De Cooman of KU Leuven, Belgium.

Chaz Benedict Technical Committee Method Award

Established in 2017, the Chaz Benedict Technical Committee Method Award is presented to the ASBC subcommittee chair or split between the subcommittee chair and original authors of the work that submitted the best method that was successfully submitted for publication in the ASBC Methods of Analysis (MOA).


Nominate a fellow colleague for one of these ASBC awards. Nominations are due March 31. 

Award of Distinction

The Award of Distinction acknowledges exceptional lifetime achievement in the science of brewing.

Honorary Life Members

The Honorary Life Member award is reserved for retired members who have exhibited exceptional long-term service to the Society within elected or appointed positions. Past Presidents of ASBC are automatically bestowed Honorary Life Membership.

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