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.
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.
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.
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.