SAN MARCOS, California — Started in 1997, in the memory of the former Wynkoop Brewmaster, the 2018 Russell Scherer award for Brewing Innovation was bestowed upon The Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville.
Only the 22nd recipient of the award, Tomme join the likes of Vinnie Cilurzo (Russian River Brewing), Matt Bryndilson (Firestone Walker), and Ken Grossman and Steve Dressler (Sierra Nevada) to name a few of the previous winners from California.
“To say that I am humbled by my inclusion on this roll call would be an understatement,” said Tomme Arthur, Co-Founder, and COO of The Lost Abbey. “Seeing my name on this list in future years will only inspire me to work harder.”
The Russell Scherer award is chosen by previous award winners, selected by a slate of nominees put forth by The Brewers Association.
Having brewed one of the first, if not the first, 100% all Brett beer with former Russell Scherer award recipient Peter Bouckaert, Tomme was also nominated for his achievements with barrel-aged beers including two-time World Beer Cup Winner Red Poppy (’08 and ‘10 Belgian-Style Flanders/Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale) and five-time Great American Beer Fest winner, Cuvee de Tomme (’00, 01, ’03, ’04, ’07 Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer).
About Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept
Founded in 2006, The Lost Abbey produces an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and the 2013 Champion Brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors, and bold boundary-pushing styles. For more information, contact Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at www.LostAbbey.com