Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis

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Dr. Charlie Bamforth has been part of the brewing industry for some 33 years.  He has served as the Deputy Director-General of Brewing Research International and Research Manager and Quality Assurance Manager of Bass Brewers. He is a Special 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.

Dr. Bamforth 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 also 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 latest contributions have been The Brewmaster’s Art (a 7-CD recording in The Modern Scholar series) and Beer is Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing.  He has been featured extensively in the media, including by the BBC, Discovery Channel, NPR’s Science Friday, PBS, New Scientist, and Popular Mechanics.

In 2011 Dr. Bamforth received the Award of Distinction of the American Society of Brewing Chemists for “exceptional contributions and long diligent service to brewing science and the brewing industry.” 

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