Since 1987, the Brewers Association has been recognizing individuals who inspire, defend, and innovate within the craft brewing industry. We invite you to nominate your peers for the following awards, announced annually at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®.
See previous award winners.
Brewers Association Recognition Award
The Brewers Association Recognition Award is presented each year to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm, and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement.
F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award
The F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award was established in memory of the late F.X. Matt, president of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, New York from 1980-1989, and a tireless and outspoken champion for the small brewing industry.
Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing
The Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing was established in memory of the late Russell Schehrer, a founding partner and the original brewmaster of the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, Colorado. Russell was one of the pioneers in the craft brewing industry and one of the industry’s earliest innovators.
Mentor of the Year
The Mentor of the Year Award recognizes a volunteer mentor for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to championing those who experience barriers to access and advancement in their professional journeys.