May News

May is almost here, which means it’s almost chili time! Nothing says spring quite like a hot bowl of chili on a balmy, humid day, right?! Regardless of what you view is as to appropriate chili-eating weather, this is one of our best meetings all year, so I hope to see you all there.

May Meeting: 5/4 @ 1pm

On Saturday, May 4 from 1pm – 5pm, we’ll meet in Fairfax for our annual Chili Cook-Off and Best Beer with Chili competition! If you’re planning on bringing chili and/or beer, you can register here for one or both competitions (read on for the rules): Best Beer with Chili & Chili Cook-Off. And if you’re not cooking chili, then bring a side-dish or dessert with you. Remember: always bring more food than you can eat & more beer than you can drink! Our Ministers of Enlightenment also have a fun malt experiment planned for the meeting plus the return of the raffle!

Chili Competition: Chili chefs (and only chili chefs!) can start arriving at 9am the day of the competition to set up with flames on at 10am. While the meeting starts at 1pm, we’ll plan on beginning the chili tasting at 2pm. Chilis must be prepared on site (no cooking beforehand), but prep work/cutting can be done at home. Entrants should bring their own stove & table to cook/serve on. Recipes should include at least 1 bottle of beer…homebrew preferably! Voting will be conducted by all those present, and the competition will be overseen by our Chili Commissioners, Bob & Kathleen Warriner. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place along with the hottest chili.

Beer Competition: Our “Best Beer with Chili” competition is a popular vote competition, which means you need to bring enough beer for everyone to try. You can bring kegs, growlers, or bottles, but a minimum of 3 gallons is recommended to ensure everyone voting can try your beer. While this is not a BJCP competition, you should note the style while registering so folks have a rough idea of what to expect.

Other Meeting Notes: As always, please be respectful of our hosts’ property. This is one of our bigger meetings all year, and we appreciate Christina & Dan hosting us again. Parents–please keep an eye on your kids at all times & out of the garden beds. Please do not bring your dogs with you, and please refrain from smoking on the premise. Don’t pour grease or other food products on the lawn or garden, and I shouldn’t have to say this, but no peeing in the yard! Grease cans, garbage cans, & bathrooms are available. Don’t set kegs, hot pans, or anything heavy on the lawn that will leave marks. Bring a table to set everything on.

April Recap

Thanks so much to Dan & Lisa Rozman for hosting us this past month. We had a TON of free beer left after SOFB, and quite a bit of good beer at that! Prizes were awarded to SOFB winners, and Tom Cannon led a fun & informative discussion around evaluating beer.

Also, a big thank you to the entire SOFB team! Dave White & Bill Ridgely helmed the competition with Thomas Sords as Judge Coordinator, Mark Raker as Steward Coordinator, Bob Rouse as Registrar, and Colleen Cannon & Tamara Hatley as Prize Coordinators. Thank you all for your hard work! And of course, thanks to Silver Branch Brewing for hosting us!

Upcoming Events 

  • SMaSH Beer Experiment: Your Ministers of Enlightenment are planning a fun SMaSH beer activity for August, but we need brewers to participate. If you’re interested in brewing a SMaSH beer for the August meeting, please reach out to Chuck & Matt at If we have enough participants, this will also double as a competition for the month!
  • HomebrewCon: This year’s AHA HomebrewCon is on June 27-29 in Providence, RI. Matt Peppe has volunteered to coordinate a BURP’s presence at the conference. Right now it’s not looking like we’ll have too many members attending, so we might team up with the Free State Homebrewers Guild (MD homebrew club guild) to pour with them. If you’re planning on attending the conference, please fill out the Guild’s survey to indicate if you’re bringing any beer to pour & when you’re available to help pour at the Guild’s booth: 2019 Homebrew Con Participation Survey. The Guild is also organizing transportation of kegs in case you’re not driving!
  • BURPOUT: BURPOUT has been confirmed for July 12-14 this year. Mark your calendars & be on the lookout for more details as we get closer!
  • Maryland State Fair Competition: The Maryland State Fair Competition will be held on Friday, August 23. Entry drop off will be August 20 & 21 at the fair site. More to come as it gets closer.

Merch for Sale!

We have merch! Please reach out to Dave White via email or at a meeting if you’d like to buy anything.

  • NEW! BURP beanies (navy, forest green, or light purple. Only $9 each!
  • “Body by BURP” T-shirts (S-XXL), which cost $15.  Only a few remaining!
  • Navy long sleeves T-shirts (S-XXL) with the same logo for $18. Only a few remaining!
  • BURP cycle jerseys (miscellaneous sizes) for sale ($45 each for members, $50 for non-members)
  • Generic BURP work shirts for $33 (only couple XL and L left).
  • BURP coasters with the old school logo, which we’re selling in packs of 10 for $2.00 and 25 for $5.
  • BURP titanium openers for $10
  • BURP European-style stickers for $1

That’s all for this month…I look forward to eating some chili with everyone on Star Wars Day next month. May the 4th Be With You!

Cheers, Prost, & Sláinte,

2019 Calendar (Note date change in December!)

May 4Fairfax, VAChili Cook-OffBest Beer With ChiliMalt Experiment
June 15Kensington, MDRegular MeetingNoneMeade Education
July 12 – 14Rocky Gap, MDBURPOUTNoneNone
July 20Annandale, VARegular MeetingLawnmower BeersBrian Barrows Talk
August 10Alexandria, VARegular MeetingSMaSH BeersSMaSH Beers
September 28Gaithersburg, MDOktoberfestGerman BeersOktoberfest Comparison
October 12Falls Church, VARegular MeetingBest Beer w/ BBQ(Tentative)Cider Education
November 9(Judging Nov 8)Rockville, MDReal AleReal AleReal Ale Education
December 5Silver Spring, MDHoliday PartyWinter WarmersNone