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8th July 2014

Brewing Professor is new President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling

Professor Charles “Charlie” Bamforth has been elected as the sixty third President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD). Charlie was born in Lancashire in the North of England and has worked in the brewing sector for over 36 years, in a variety of both academic and corporate roles in the UK and USA. He is currently Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

On his election, the new President said “It is an enormous privilege to be taking over a President at a time when the Institute of Brewing is thriving; over the past four years membership has increased by 20% and the number of people sitting our exams is up by over two thirds. This is an enormous tribute to my predecessor as President, Alan Barclay, and to the hard work of the IBD team led by Simon Jackson.”

“But we cannot be complacent. The world of education is changing fast. Students are rightly very demanding; they are looking for qualifications that will best equip them to succeed in a very competitive global jobs market. I will be working with the Board of Examiners to ensure the excellence and relevance of the world class examinations that are at the heart of the IBD Professional Development mission.”

“This will allow us to strengthen the presence and significance of IBD as an indispensable player in the technical and educational development of individuals within companies around the world – from the smallest of organisations to the largest”

Professor Katherine Smart, Group Chief Brewer at SAB Miller, was elected Deputy President to become President in 2016.




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Photograph caption: Professor Charles Bamforth, President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling


Notes to Editors

Dr. Charlie Bamforth holds the titles of Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences and Distinguished Professor at UC Davis. He has been part of the brewing industry for over 35 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 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. He is a Chartered Scientist. Bamforth is Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, 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. His recent contributions have included The Brewmaster’s Art (A 7-CD recording in The Modern Scholar series), Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing (FT Press) and the second of a 6 part series on beer quality called simply Flavor (ASBC). 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 Honour Roll as one of the 20 professors who are changing the classroom in the US (Playboy magazine). Charlie has been featured extensively in the media, including by the BBC, Discovery Channel, NPR’s Science Friday, PBS, New Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Science and many more. He has presented at innumerable venues including Google, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Bohemian Club, the National Press Club, Xerox Parc Forum and The Smithsonian Institution. He has hosted beer tasting and beer dinners at venues such as the Culinary Institute of America and Enotria. In 2011 Charlie was honoured 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 honoured by the students of UC Davis as one of the top three educators in his college. In June 2014 he was elected President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. In January 2014, he was the star of the film that won the Food Awards medal in Hollywood for viewers’ choice, short documentary. He received an Outstanding Service Award for the academic year 2012-2013 from UC Davis Extension.


The Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) is the world’s leading professional body for people working in brewing and distilling. The organisation originated as the “Laboratory Club” in 1886 and now has an international membership of 4000 people based in over 50 countries world-wide.