Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
For many years now, the homebrewing highlight of August has been MASHOUT, the Mid-Atlantic States Homebrewers CampOut, begun in 1988 through the combined efforts of the BURP and FOAM (Frederick) homebrew clubs. The 21st edition, once again held on Popenoe Mountain near Rocky Gap, MD, featured several already established events (including “Firkin Friday” sponsored by DuClaw Brewing Co) as well as a new event held in honor of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Firkin Friday featured a special “pro-am” cask of DuClaw’s Twisted Kilt Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, co-brewed by brewmaster Jim Wagner and homebrewer (eventually turned pro) Brandon Miller. The Olympic-themed event was the 1st Popenoe Mountain Quadrathalon, featuring teams competing in four different events – a “carboy carry”, a “siphon & cap” bottling contest, a “beer run”, and a female-only “St Pauli Girl Race”. Other events held at MASHOUT included the 4th annual Popenoe Mtn Pub Quiz, the CRABS Club’s annual “big beer tasting”, and not one but two homebrew competitions (one for Belgian Ales and a 2nd for beers made with tropical fruits). The first contest was won by Bill & Wendy Aaronridge with their Belgian Pale Ale. The 2nd was won by Bob & Betsy Kepler with their Passion Fruit Beer. On Friday evening, campers had the pleasure of enjoying, for the 2nd consecutive year, a performance by the renowned DC-area guitarist Tom Principato and his band. A full review of MASHOUT 2008 by BURP’s own Ralph Bucca can be read in the September 2008 issue of the BURP News, available at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200809.pdf.
The Aug 2008 issue of BURP News featured a nice description of the various Belgian Ale styles to be evaluated during the first of the MASHOUT homebrew competitions (written by BURP Culture Ministers Bruce Bennett & Wendy Schmidt). Following this was an extensive preview of MASHOUT by organizer Bill Ridgely. Finally, the issue was rounded out by Dr Charlie Pavitt’s “Trivial Beer-Suits” column focusing on Belgian beer giant InBev’s pending purchase of Anheuser-Busch. Charlie included a description of an editorial cartoon featuring two Belgians stating that they needed to own A-B because they couldn’t make good beer themselves (while the Statue of Liberty looked on in dismay). You can read the issue in its entirety at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200808.pdf.