Charlie Papazian will still attend key trade events as part of the Brewers Association

Charlie Papazian will still attend key trade events as part of the Brewers Association

The president of US trade organisation the Brewers Association has stepped back after 37 years in the role. 

Charlie Papazian, who started the Association of Brewers in 1979 before it became the Brewers Association in 2005, will see his title shift to founder, past president, from this month. Current CEO Bob Pease will assume the presidential role, according to the group, which represents small and independent brewers.

Papazian will continue to attend "key" group events, it said.

Gary Fish, founder and CEO of Deschutes Brewery and chair of the Brewers Association board of directors, said Papazian "took a quirky notion and made it a movement".

"Homebrewing and small local breweries brought beer diversity back to the US. Charlie can take his fair share of credit for that. We are all in his debt. I look forward to seeing his journey from here," added Fish. 

Last month, Pease spoke out about AB InBev's purchase of SABMiller, saying the deal risks increasing Anheuser-Busch InBev's grip on the US beer market.