Amelia Earhart flew a plane. Chuck Berry rocked an electric guitar. To secure his place in history, Charlie Papazian â€” the father of Americaâ€™s transformational homebrewing and craft brewing cultures â€” twirled a wooden spoon.
Just this week, Papazian announced heâ€™d be exiting the Brewers Association in January 2019, marking four decades of influence on American brewing. His spoon is part of the story.
For its role in the first dozen years of Papazianâ€™s tasty overthrow of Americaâ€™s beer culture, Papazianâ€™s wooden spoon â€” 18 inches long, wort-stained and worn from hundreds of brewing days â€” has a new address in the nationâ€™s capital. Later this year it will become part of a Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History exhibit entitled â€œFOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000.â€ Centerpieced by Julia Childâ€™s reconstructed home kitchen, the exhibit chronicles the â€œimpact of innovations and new technologiesâ€ on Americaâ€™s post-World War II food and drink landscape.
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