Great American Beer Festival founder Papazian to speak on campus Oct. 10

Charlie Papazian, founder of the Great American Beer Festival, will discuss the history of homebrewing on Oct. 10 on the CSU campus.

The special event, co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Fermentation Science and Technology Program, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Canvas Stadium, Room 1205.

Charlie Papazian
Charlie Papazian

Papazian’s talk, “What’s Good to Think is Good to Drink,” is free and open to the public.

Visiting with students

Thomas Cauvin, assistant professor of history, helped organize the event and said Papazian will also visit with students in his new course on the history of beer and brewing in Fort Collins and Colorado that day.

“Charlie Papazian was at the forefront of homebrewing in the 1970s,” Cauvin said. “He’s never been to CSU, so we’re excited to have him.”

“Charlie’s contribution to the brewing industry can’t be overemphasized,” added Jeff Callaway, associate director of the FST Program. “All of his works and influence have impacted countless people across his decades-long career and is certainly responsible for the success of many of the breweries that are across the country today. We look forward to hearing his perspective on how it all began.”

Other events

Cauvin has a host of other beer-related events and activities planned this fall. Students in his beer history class will be taking photos of historic brewing-related items submitted by the public from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Odell Brewing Co. And at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, an event at the Ramskeller Pub and Grub on campus to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the student “Drink-In” at the Lory Student Center to protest CSU’s ban on beer, which was lifted the following year. Cauvin said many of those who participated in the Drink-In have been invited to attend.

In addition, his class is putting together an early December bike tour of Fort Collins’ beer history sites, ranging from breweries to the former locations of bootlegging operations.

The FST Program is in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. The Department of History is in the College of Liberal Arts.