April 15, 2005 Written by RateBeer
Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA -
The Brewers Association presented the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing to Greg Noonan of Vermont Pub and Brewery, the Brewers Association Recognition Award to Carol Stoudt of Stoudts Brewing Company and the F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry Award to Marc Sorini of McDermott Will & Emery during the Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference’s Thursday morning Opening Session.
Carol Stout is no stranger to awards or attention. As the first woman to start up her own brewery, Carol garnered attention right off the bat. "As a brewer of excellent and award winning products, and as one of the brewing community’s most active members, she has continued to be a focus of attention and admiration ever since," says Steve Bradt, Head Brewer at Free State Brewing Company and Brewers Association Board of Directors member. Bradt says, "There are probably few brewers in the craft brewing industry and even fewer home brewers who haven’t read one of Greg Noonan’s books or articles on beer and brewing. Through his writing and his work with other aspiring brewers, Greg has been a selfless contributor to the advancement of the craft and the industry for the last two decades."
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 chili beer.
Brewers Association members give nominations every year for the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing. The winner is determined by nominations made by the Brewers Association board members and voted on by previous award winners.
The Brewers Association Recognition Award is presented every year to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support contributes to the brewpub and microbrewery movement. Brewing members of the association and the Brewers Association Advisory Board nominate and vote on the winner.
The Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America® was held April 13 - 16, 2005 in Philadelphia. It’s the number one environment in North America for professional brewers for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance.
A list of past award winners follows:
Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing Winners
2005- Greg Noonan, Vermont Pub and Brewery
2004-Dick Cantwell, Elysian Brewing Co.
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, Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
1998-Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery
1997-John Maier, Oregon Brewing Co./Rogue Ales
Brewers Association Recognition Award Winners
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 Bobie 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.
F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry Award Winners
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
Based in Boulder, Colo., U.S.A., the Brewers Association (BA) is a not-for-profit trade and educational association for small and craft brewers. The Brewers Association was established in 2005 by a merger of the Association of Brewers and the Brewers’ Association of America. Visit the website: www.beertown.org to learn more. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 9,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.