Today is a day I knew would eventually come, but one I never wanted to fully realize. Charlie Papazian is retiring from the Brewers Association…well at least somewhat.
Thank you Charlie for the countless people you have inspired to pick up a home brewing kit. For the thousands of people who have in turn transformed that small spark of inspiration into a professional career making the beer we all enjoy pint after pint.
Personally, it was Charlie’s Joy of Homebrewing book I found during my freshman year at Colorado State University that ignited a fire. It led me to home brewing. That led me to opening up a home brew supply shop with a college buddy. I know it inspired a lot of brewers, and I won’t be the first to admit it helped me brew some good beer. His words helped frame that peace of mind that made brewing fun.
So I thank you Charlie Papazian.
We all look forward to your future contributions. The American craft beer industry just wouldn’t be the same without you.
Now it’s your turn to relax and enjoy a home brew.
Here’s the Brewer’s Association’s release on Charlie Papazian:
CHARLIE PAPAZIAN ADOPTS NEW ROLE AT BREWERS ASSOCIATION
After 37 years of service as president at the Brewers Association, Charlie Papazian will put his passion and vision for the world of beer and brewing into a new role at the Brewers Association. In January, his title shifts to founder, past president. Bob Pease, current CEO, will add president to his title. Papazian will remain an integral part of the association and a leading figure for small and independent brewers, professional and amateur alike. He will continue to attend key Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association events. He will also participate in other events in the U.S. and internationally, offering his perspectives on beer, brewing and its impact on social and business culture. Charlie is also compiling an archive from the 37 year collection of Brewers Association’s photographs and videos. He is also staging video interviews with craft brewing pioneers that will help capture and chronicle the emergence and continuing journey of craft beer and brewing.
“I discovered craft homebrewing 45 years ago, and it obviously impacted my life. My 37 year journey as founding president has provided me a lifetime of fulfillment. Being part of an organization that serves to enhance the opportunities for professional and amateur craft brewers is especially rewarding. The hard work, dedication and long hours of past and current association staff and the community of brewers it has served has undoubtedly made the world a better place for every beer drinker,” said Papazian. “The tens of thousands of individual stories chronicling the success and joy that craft beer has brought to our lives inspires me. Ultimately it’s the people and their communities who have been and continue to be involved with beer who make our current beer world so special. I look forward to continued opportunities that will enhance the world of beer.”
“Ultimately it’s the people and their communities who have been and continue to be involved with beer who make our current beer world so special.”
Among his many accomplishments, Papazian founded the American Homebrewers Association, Institute for Brewing Studies, Brewers Publications, World Beer CupSM and Great American Beer Festival®, which attracts 60,000 attendees annually. He is founding publisher of Zymurgy, the leading magazine for homebrewers and The New Brewer, the flagship journal for small and independent craft brewers. He will continue to serve as a regular contributor for both publications. Papazian has been an inspiration to more than a million homebrewers through his many books, including The Complete Joy of Homebrewing (and its subsequent editions), which many consider the “homebrewer’s bible.”
“Charlie is one of the truly iconic figures in brewing today,” shared Gary Fish, founder and CEO of Deschutes Brewery and chair of the Brewers Association Board of Directors. “He took a quirky notion and made it a movement. Homebrewing and small local breweries brought beer diversity back to the U.S. Charlie can take his fair share of credit for that. We are all in his debt. I look forward to seeing his journey from here.”
“The Brewers Association would not exist today without Charlie’s vision, guidance and determination,” said Pease. “What was once a dream is now an association that lifts up homebrewers, brewers, retailers, distributors, suppliers and beer lovers. We are honored and excited to continue building upon his success.”