What’s the History of January 23 Pie Day?
Yesterday was Pie Day. Another one? Didn’t we just have Pie Day on Dec 1? And what about March 14? That’s Pi(e) Day, too. Yes, there are a lot of pie days. Just about everyday is a pie day at my house so it’s no biggie what date it’s celebrated on, and if it’s celebrated more than once. I mean, it’s pie, right? But, what’s the history of the January 23 Pie Day. I was intrigued, and what I learned is way different than what I imagined it would be.
January 23 is the birthday of Charlie Papazian. Who the heck is he? According to Wikipedia, Mr Papazian is a nuclear engineer, brewer, teacher, and author. He is credited with starting the craft beer movement in the 1970’s, founded the American Homebrewers Association, the Institute for Brewing Studies, Brewers Publications, the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, and Zymurgy magazine. And, Charlie loves pie…so much so that in the mid-70’s, he declared his birthday, January 23, to be National Pie Day.
Yesterday, on Charlie’s 70th birthday, he announced that in one year he will retire from the Boulder Brewer’s Association. The Denver Post reports “For this birthday, Papazian planned to celebrate with a fresh-baked pie at home and, it goes without saying, a glass or two of beer from his four home taps.”
So, Happy Birthday Charlie and thanks for giving us a national day to celebrate pie. From now on, I’ll raise a glass to you each January 23.
More information here about Charlie.