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Alltech Awards Two Brewing and Distilling at the International Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention

[DUBLIN, Ireland] – Alltech were proud to announce the recipients of the awards for Outstanding Service in Brewing and Distilling and Lifetime Achievement in Craft Distilling, at the International Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention held in the Convention Centre Dublin, July 18-20.

  1. Outstanding Service in Brewing and Distilling Education – Graham Stewart

Graham Stewart is professor emeritus in brewing and distilling at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and special professor in bioethanol fermentation at Nottingham University, England.

He received his BSc in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Wales and his PhD and DSc degrees from Bath University. He was the director of the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University from 1994-2007. He held a number of positions with the Labatt Brewing Company in Canada, serving as technical director from 1986 to 1994. Since retirement, he has established a consulting company – GGStewart Associates, based in Cardiff, Wales.

[Graham Stewart (pictured from left to right): Professor Graham Stewart and Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech, shake hands backstage after Prof. Stewart received the award for Outstanding Service in Brewing and Distilling Education.]

Stewart was president of the Institute of Brewing (now the Institute of Brewing and Distilling) in 1999 and 2000. He is a member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA). He holds fellowships in the IBD, the Institute of Biology and the American Academy of Microbiology. Stewart has more than 300 publications to his name. Honours include the Horace Brown Medal of the IBD (2009), the Award of Distinction of the ASBC (2008), the Presidential Award of the MBAA (1983, 1998) and its Award of Merit (2009) and the Charles Thom Award of the Society of Industrial Microbiology (1988).

  1. Lifetime Achievement in Craft Distilling - Bill Owens

Bill Owens’ love of the craft goes all the way back to age 14 when he began to experiment with fermentation. Though that first batch of wine was undrinkable he continued undaunted brewing "malt extract" beer in college. Following his studies, he joined the Peace Corps before studying photojournalism and beginning work at a small town newspaper. 

Following a successful career in photography, Owens began brewing beer again in the 1960s, writing a book titled Draft Beer in 10 Days. In 1972, he left journalism and opened Buffalo Bill's Brewery, the first brewpub in the U.S., followed by Brewpub on the Green and The Bison Brewing Company. He also founded and spent two decades as publisher of American Brewer magazine and Beer the Magazine. In 2002, he founded the American Distilling Institute (ADI) and still serves as its president today. The institute has more than 600 members and hosts an annual conference drawing 900 attendees. It will host its first one-day Craft Distilling Expo in London in the fall of 2013.

Bill Owens: (pictured left to right): Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech congratulates Bill Owens on his win of the Lifetime Achievement in Craft Distilling award.

Owens is the author of How to Build a Small Brewery and the co-author of The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits. His website,, is considered the most comprehensive source of industry and hobby information for the distilling enthusiast.

“Both recipients have dedicated their lives to educating and inspiring young brewers and distillers, while being innovative in the industry in their own professional capacity and we are delighted to be able to recognise them at the first annual International Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.