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UC Davis brewing science professor Charles Bamforth is known as the "pope of foam." His lab delves into the science behind creating the perfect beer foam, which is essential to a great tasting brew. That's because most of the flavor of beer is detected by smell, which is why Bamforth says you must drink beer from a glass and not straight from a bottle or can.

UC Davis brewing legend Charlie Bamforth has been honored this year with not one but three of the most prestigious global awards in his field.

In May, the Brewers Association (small and independent craft brewers) presented its Recognition Award to Bamforth. The award is given each year to an individual whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement. Indeed, the association declared on its website, Bamforth has “trained a generation of brewers as an author, mentor, leader, teacher, professor (and) beer enthusiast.”

In August, the “Pope of Foam” will receive the Master Brewers Association of the Americas’ Award of Honor, presented to a member who has delivered significant contributions to brewing science, technology and operations.

Finally, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London has selected Bamforth for the institute’s highest honor, the Horace Brown Medal, given “for eminent services on the scientific or technical side of the fermentation industries.” The award will be presented in London in September.

“I feel truly honored to be the recipient of these awards,” Bamforth said. “I would like to think that they recognize my readiness over my 40 years in the industry to do whatever I could internationally to contribute to the science of brewing, the education of brewers and the improved understanding of beer as a worthy component in society.”

Cover photo: Karin Higgins/UC Davis