Dr Charlie Bamforth • Keynote Speaker ACBC 2017

Dr Charlie Bamforth • Keynote Speaker ACBC 2017

Internationally renowned brewer, academic, teacher and author Charles Bamforth will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Australian Craft Brewers Conference in Adelaide from July 25-27 as the industry body blends an educational and trade event of international significance.

The announcement of Dr Bamforth’s attendance comes as the association finalises its 2017 program that includes a three-day trade expo, and the Craft Beer Awards evening at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, July 27.

Dr Bamforth is regarded is a highly respected statesman of the international brewing industry and after a distinguished career as an academic, including a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Hull, he worked for Bass Brewers and Brewing Research International. In 1999, he was appointed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at University of California, Davis campus.  He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham and formerly a Visiting Professor of Brewing at Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University.

Dr 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.  His recent scientific contributions have included the third of a six-part series on beer quality titled Freshness.

In 2011 Dr Bamforth was honored with 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 is the immediate past president of the London-based Institute of Brewing and Distilling. UC Davis students honored Dr Bamforth as one of the top three educators in the college and in 2016 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Stewardship Award by the UC Davis Foundation.

Charlie's keynote is titled: Beer and Brewers: Respect and Reverence

"Like a good kettle boil, the brewing industry is in a state of vigorous turbulence. From any viewpoint it is full of contrast and conflict: from the very very large to the tiny; from the traditionalists to the revolutionaries. What is the genuine state-of-play and what does the future hold?"

We look forward to welcoming Charlie to Adelaide in July!