2018 Keynote: Charlie Papazian

We are excited to announce that Charlie Papazian, pioneer of the modern homebrewing movement, will give the keynote at the 40th annual National Homebrewers Conference before exiting his role at the Brewers Association in 2019.

Celebrate the 40th with a Toast to Charlie!

The Welcome Toast and Keynote Address is Thursday, June 28.

All attendees are invited, including those who registered for the Social package.

About Charlie Papazian

Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the Association of Brewers, set the stage for a homebrewing renaissance 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.

Papazian (L), along with Charlie Matzen (R), formed the AHA in Boulder, CO.

Papazian (L), along with Charlie Matzen (R), formed the AHA in Boulder, Colo.

In 1978, Papazian, along with Charlie Matzen, formed the AHA in Boulder, Colo. 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. 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 (BA).

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,” said Papazian.

Charlie in his beer cellar circa 1985.

Charlie in his beer cellar circa 1985.

The Brewers Association announced on Jan. 23, 2018, that founder and past president Charlie Papazian will exit the BA in January 2019, marking his 70th birthday and 40 years building the craft brewing community and inspiring brewers and beer lovers around the world.

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, “Homebrew Con,” in Portland, Ore., on Thursday, June 28.

Charlie Papazian

Charlie at the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colo.