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11th July 2012

Distilling expert receives top industry award

The Institute of Brewing& Distilling has conferred its highest honour, the Horace Brown Award on Dr Tim Dolan for his exceptional contribution to brewing, malting and distilling science over the last 40 years.

Simon Jackson, the Chief Executive of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, said “In making the Horace Brown Award to Tim Dolan, the Institute is recognising his enormous influence that has been felt in just about every technical aspect of distilling for over 50 years’’

His research has made fundamental advances in our understanding of how malt quality and distillery hygiene can affect process efficiency.  Over thirty years on, two papers that he published on measuring malt quality for distilling in the Journal of the Institute of Brewing in 1981 still find daily application worldwide.

A passionate advocate of professional training and development, Tim was instrumental in the creation of the Institute’s Distilling Qualifications and has been a long term trainer on Institute courses for candidates sitting its qualifications.

Tim has been arguably the most influential figure in the Scottish Section of the Institute over the last two decades, serving as both Chairman and Secretary. He was also one of the main driving forces behind the long standing Aviemore Conferences and its subsequent  rebirth as the IBD’s successful Worldwide Distilled Spirit Conference that attracts distillers from all over the world to Scotland every three years.

At an  event hosted by Knockando Distillery on the 4th July , Dr Dolan gave the Horace Brown Memorial Lecture to a packed audience –he reflected on the highlights of his over 50 years involvement in the Distilling sector






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Photograph captionTim Dolan (centre) receiving an engraved Quaich from Duncan Kellock, Scottish Section Chair (right) and Alan Barclay, President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.



Notes to Editors


Tim Dolan joined the industry in 1966 after receiving   a degree and PhD in chemistry from Edinburgh University He has held senior positions in malting, brewing and Scotch whisky distilling. At the same time he has been an active member industry committee and was the chair the Institute’s Barley Committee from 1990 to 1994. He is a Fellow of the IBD, SBiol and RSC, Chartered Scientist, Biologist and Chemist and Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Tim has a life-long interest in learning and teaching. He has successfully coached candidates for IBD Examinations for many years and has extensive lecturing experience. He has served as Secretary of the IBD Scottish Section since 2001.



The Institute of Brewing & 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.

The Horace Brown Medal is the highest honour that the Institute of Brewing & Distilling can confer and awarded every three years an eminent scientist to an eminent scientist in the field of brewing and distilling. The Horace Brown Medal commemorates Dr. Horace Tabberer Brown, one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Institute of Brewing, known for his outstanding contribution to chemical, biological and geological research.

Although largely self-taught, Dr Horace Tabberer Brown FRS (1848-1925) was a true polymath, who left his mark on virtually all areas of science in a career which lasted over 50 years. His work spanned barley germination, beer microbiology, water compositions, oxygen and fermentation, beer haze formation, wort composition and beer analysis. Always seeking new problems to investigate, he never specialised as a scientist, being a naturalist, chemist, geologist, and biologist in turn.

On Brown’s death, the Institute resolved to perpetuate his memory by establishing a medal in his honour to be awarded “for eminent services on the scientific or technical side of the fermentation industries, at intervals of not less than three years”. Since its inception, the medal has been awarded to 24 individuals.