California Section’s February Section Meeting

Spend a day at the


In Chico, CA

For tour, lunch and talk by

Dr. Charlie Bamforth

(Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences at UC Davis)

On Saturday, February 25, 2012

Location: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

1075 East 20th Street

Chico, CA  95928

For directions please visit

Time: TOUR- Meet at 8:45 a.m. - tour begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.. (LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE)

(closed-toe shoes are requested)

LUNCH :11:00 a.m.

TALK:  1:00 p.m. at California State University, Chico, Bell Memorial Union, Rm 210

Cost:      $18.00 (for banquet lunch)

Reservations: RSVP by Friday,Feb.17 to the Section office by e-mail at or call (510) 351-9922.

Hotel Accommodations: You will need to make your own hotel  reservations (if needed).  You may stay anywhere, but we have a group block reserved at the Oxford Suites – 2035 Business Lane, Chico CA (530) 899-9090 or (800) 870-7848.  Our group name is reserved under “The American Chemical Society”


Beer: the most complex and fascinating of beverages when considered from a chemistry perspective.  Which means that it is harder to make than any other drink. Brewers don’t mess about with hyped rhetoric about their chosen specialty. They just get on and make a liquid that delights and does you good. And there is a beer for pretty much every occasion. Every drop a vintage.


Dr. Charlie Bamforth is Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting & Brewing Sciences at UC Davis. He has been part of the brewing industry for some 33 years. He is formerly Deputy Director-General of Brewing Research International and Research Manager and Quality Assurance Manager of Bass Brewers. He is an Honorary 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. Charlie 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. 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 – 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 (FT Press). In October 2010 he was on The Honor Roll as one of the 20 professors who are changing the classroom in the US (Playboy magazine). Charlie has been featured extensively in the media, including by the BBC, Discovery Channel, NPR’s Science Friday, PBS, New Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Science and many more. He has presented at innumerable venues including Google, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Bohemian Club, the National Press Club and Xerox Parc Forum. In 2011 Charlie was honored by 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”.