Boulder, CO — On Dec. 7, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates its 40th birthday.

Founded in 1978 by Charlie Papazian, the AHA has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community for four decades, serving tens of thousands of members, plus the 1.1 million homebrewers nationwide, with events, publications, resources, and more.

“At a time when most American-made beers were light-tasting lagers, Charlie started a movement that showed people how to brew their own full-flavored beers and cultivate their craft, turning brewing into careers for some and comradery and community for many,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association.

Homebrewing History

“The AHA helped take homebrewing from outlawed to mainstream,” added Glass. “The homebrewing revolution started by the founding of the AHA and became a catalyst for the explosive growth of today’s craft brewing community. Who could have predicted that Charlie’s simple wooden spoon, ingenuity, and passion would spawn a community of more than one million homebrewers and 7,000 small and independent U.S. craft breweries.”

Kristin Helf
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Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She likes puppies, pumpkin ales and watching movies for the Ocean City Film Festival in her spare time.

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