Just weeks after President Carter signed the bill that legalized homebrewing, Charlie Papazian and Charlie Matzen launched the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in Boulder, CO on December 7, 1978 with the publication of the first issue of Zymurgy magazine.
The newly founded AHA held the National Homebrew Competition and Gala Homebrewers Ball on May 5, 1979. Twenty-four brewers submitted 34 entries into 6 categories in that first year's single-day event. This event eventually split off into two separate events, the AHA National Homebrew Competition and the Great American Beer Festival.
In the fall of 1984, Charlie Papazian's book, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, was first published and helped encourage a revived culture of homebrewing around the world.
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