Awards and Honors

Class of 2012’s Next Great Brewer

UC Davis Extension Master Brewers Program graduate Sam Stults was the 2012 winner of the London-based International Institute of Brewing and Distilling's prestigious JS Ford Award for the best overall performance on the Diploma in Brewing Exam.

The JS Ford Award is the highest distinction bestowed upon brewers for completing the comprehensive test. As recipient of the award, Stults, who currently lives in Playa del Rey, Calif., surpassed more than 200 students worldwide. This is the fourth time in five years that a UC Davis Extension student has won the award.

Stults, an engineering manager with no formal training in biology or organic chemistry, was always interested in home brewing and turned to UC Davis Extension's Master Brewers Program because of its world-class reputation. "The faculty's enthusiasm and rigor for the subject matter was the highlight of the program," Stults says. "Instructor Michael Lewis sets a high bar that helped drive me to learn as much as possible."