News Brewers Association Announces Exit of Charlie Papazian

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,598) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Father of homebrewing, founder and innovator leaves lasting legacy after 40 years

    Boulder, CO • January 23, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—today announced that founder and past president Charlie Papazian will exit the Brewers Association on January 23, 2019, marking his 70th birthday and 40 years building the craft brewing community and inspiring brewers and beer lovers around the world.


    “We are all here today because of Charlie Papazian,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “His influence on the homebrewing and craft brewing community is immeasurable. Who could have predicted that a simple wooden spoon, ingenuity and passion would spawn a community of more than one million homebrewers and 6,000 small and independent U.S. craft breweries.”

    Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the Association of Brewers, set the stage for homebrewing back in the 1970s. His expertise and friendly tone assured people that making good beer was possible at home. He stressed his catchphrase of “Relax. Don’t worry. Have a homebrew” in his first book, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing and inspired millions to pick up the hobby of homebrewing.

    In 1978, Papazian, along with Charlie Matzen, formed the AHA in Boulder, CO. They published the first issue of Zymurgy magazine, announcing the new organization, publicizing the federal legalization of homebrewing and calling for entries in the first AHA National Homebrew Competition. Today, the AHA is more than 46,000 members strong.

    In 1982, Papazian debuted the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Boulder, CO. Now in its 37th year, GABF is the largest ticketed beer festival in North America with more than 60,000 attendees annually and its accompanying competition is one of the most coveted awards in the brewing industry.

    The following year, the Association of Brewers was organized to include the AHA and the Institute for Brewing and Fermentation Studies to assist the emerging microbrewery movement in US. By 2005, the Association of Brewers and the Brewers’ Association of America merged to form the Brewers Association.

    When asked, “Charlie, did you ever imagine that beer would become this?” His answer is always yes.

    “I had a playful vision that there would be a homebrewer in every neighborhood and a brewery in every town. But what I did not imagine, couldn’t imagine, never considered, was the impact that craft brewing would have on our culture, economy and American life,” mused Papazian.

    Papazian will spend his final year at the BA completing many projects, including a craft brewing history archive project. The archive will house 40 years of craft beer history in the form of more than 100,000 publications, photographs, audiotapes, films, videos, and documents—including 140 video interviews of the pioneers of American craft brewing—and will be accessible to researchers via the BA. He will also deliver the keynote address at the AHA’s 40th annual National Homebrew Conference, “Hombrew Con,” in Portland, OR on Thursday, June 28.

    Brewers and homebrewers are invited to share their well wishes and Charlie Papazian stories on the AHA and BA Facebook pages.

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  2. flyone

    flyone Initiate (124) Jan 5, 2008 California

    Charlie will be missed by all of us!!!
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  3. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,640) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    When I started homebrewing in the 90's I bought two of Charlie's books:
    • The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing
    • The Homebrewer's Companion
    Both of these books were helpful and just as important inspirational to a burgeoning homebrewer.

    Cheers to Charlie!!
  4. craigo19

    craigo19 Devotee (447) Oct 12, 2009 Michigan

    Sad to see him step down, but good for him. The article says it all.
  5. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (2,174) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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  6. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Zealot (538) Mar 28, 2009 California

    A true legend indeed. I always enjoy his interviews and appreciate his knowledge. He probably retired before NEIPAs get an official style because he hates hazy beers.
  7. LakesideBrewing

    LakesideBrewing Initiate (90) Dec 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    He's inspired and influenced all of us homebrew, and most commercial brewers have homebrewed at one point. So, he has been a huge influence on the entire beer industry. Cheers, Charlie!
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  8. scream

    scream Zealot (576) Dec 6, 2014 Wisconsin

    He was how I learned when I started. Thanks Charlie !
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  9. Lorianneb

    Lorianneb Aspirant (270) Apr 27, 2012 New Jersey

    When I started homebrewing 20+ years ago, he was a great inspiration and a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for all the hard work you put in for the betterment of us all
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