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Here's to Our Friend Charlie

Charlie Papazian inspired Rogue's Brewmaster John Maier.

We were honored to host the craft beer legend and founder of the Brewer's Association at our Pub & Pilot Brewery in Portland, Ore. during the National Homebrew Conference earlier this summer.


When Charlie Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing was released in 1984, future Rogue Brewmaster John Maier was working at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, Calif. John picked up a copy, started homebrewing and soon quit Hughes so he could go to Siebel Institute in Chicago to learn how to brew professionally.

Because of this, John has been brewing versions of a strong ale on special occasions named Charlie dedicated to the man who inspired him to brew.

Charlie Papazian drinks a glass of Rogue.
Charlie Papazian drinks a glass of Rogue.

In January, the Brewer's Association, an organization that Charlie Papazian founded and previously presided over as President, announced that 2018 will be Charlie's last active year and he'll exit the organization on January 23, 2019 -- his 70th birthday. But before that, he'd deliver the keynote at this year's National Homebrew Convention.

Charlie's likeness was featured on bottles of Charlie Strong Ale.
Charlie's likeness was featured on bottles of Charlie Strong Ale.

So this past June, we released John's latest version of Charlie to our public houses, Charlie 2018 Strong Ale. We also invited Charlie to join us for the Homebrew Con After Party at Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery.

Both John and Charlie were in attendance along with many of their fellow brewers, homebrewers and beer fans.

John Maier and Charlie Papazian sign bottles of Charlie 2018 Strong Ale.
John Maier and Charlie Papazian sign bottles of Charlie 2018 Strong Ale.
The two brewers also posed for photos with fans.
The two brewers also posed for photos with fans.
Several brewers, homebrewers and beer lovers who have been inspired by both Charlie and John waited in line to meet them.
Several brewers, homebrewers and beer lovers who have been inspired by both Charlie and John waited in line to meet them.
John and Charlie at the after party.
John and Charlie at the after party.
Lots of photos were snapped of the two brewers at the after party.
Lots of photos were snapped of the two brewers at the after party.
John had a few glasses of Charlie Strong Ale himself.
John had a few glasses of Charlie Strong Ale himself.
Rogue President Brett Joyce (far right) also posed for pictures with the two brewers.
Rogue President Brett Joyce (far right) also posed for pictures with the two brewers.
John and Charlie with bottles of Charlie Strong Ale.
John and Charlie with bottles of Charlie Strong Ale.

After 40 years of building the craft brewing community, Charlie will be missed as he departs the Brewer's Association. But we look forward to the next time we'll be able to raise a glass with him.

Cheers to you, Charlie.