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Charlie Bamforth

Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences

UC Davis

Dr. Charlie Bamforth is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology and Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences at UC Davis.

He has been part of the brewing industry for 40 years. He is formerly Deputy Director-General of Brewing Research International and Research Manager and Quality Assurance Manager of Bass Brewers. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham, England and was previously Visiting Professor of Brewing at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Charlie is a Fellow of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, Fellow of the Society of Biology and Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. Bamforth recently retired after 18 years as Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists. He is on the editorial boards of several other journals and has published innumerable papers, articles and books on beer and brewing – and also written prolifically on soccer over 32 years.

His recent scientific contributions have included the third of a 6-part series on beer quality called simply Freshness as well as editing Brewing Materials and Processes: A Practical Approach to Beer Excellence (Elsevier) and (with Nick Bokulich) Brewing Microbiology: Current Research, Omics and Microbial Ecology (Caister). He was a member of the Advisory Board and a contributor of many entries in The Oxford Companion to Beer (2012). In October 2010 he was on The Honor Roll as one of the 20 professors who are changing the classroom in the US (Playboy magazine). Charlie has featured extensively in the media, including the BBC, Discovery Channel, NPR’s Science Friday, PBS, New Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Science, Brew Dogs and many more. He has presented at innumerable venues including Google, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian, the National Press Club and Xerox Parc Forum. In 2011 Charlie was honored by the Award of Distinction from the American Society of Brewing Chemists for “exceptional contributions and long diligent service to brewing science and the brewing industry”. He has been honored by the students of UC Davis as one of the top three educators in his college. He is the immediate Past President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, the world’s leading professional society for brewers and distillers. In January 2014, he was the star of the film that won the Food Awards gold medal in Hollywood for viewers’ choice, short documentary. He received an Outstanding Service Award for the academic year 2012-2013 from UC Davis Extension. Charlie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2015 “in recognition of his leading contribution to advancements in the study and practice of brewing science over the course of a long and distinguished career”. In 2016 Charlie was given the Lifetime Achievement Stewardship Award by the UC Davis Foundation.