Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
The April 2008 BURP meeting was held at the residence of club Co-Fearless Leader Alan Hew and his lovely wife Jude Wang in College Park, MD. Featured at the meeting were two homebrew competitions, the first for Extract-Based Beers and the second for Coffee Beers. The first competition was for any beer brewed in which malt extract was used for the majority of fermentables. It was designed to encourage broad participation and included all of the current (at the time) BJCP beer styles. The second competition was the first in the “Fun & Creative Brewing Challenge” series set up by Alan. The series featured a homebrew competition scheduled every other month beginning in April and focusing on interesting use of unusual or difficult to obtain ingredients. While the nine entries in the Extract Beer competition (covering 8 different style categories) were being judged, BURPers enjoyed a veritable cornucopia of interesting coffee beers, including firkins of commercial coffee beers donated by Brewer’s Art and Clipper City. Alan added a firkin of his own coffee beer, making the event a veritable coffee beer-based Real Ale Festival. At meeting’s end, winners of both of the competitions were announced. Extract Beer winners were: 1st, Bags Howard for his Doppelbock (named “Baginator”); 2nd, John Foulke for his Raspberry Wheat beer; and 3rd, Jamie & Paul Langlie for their Southern English Brown Ale (named “Oinky Doinky Brown”). The winners of the Coffee Beer competition were determined by popular vote. Specific beer styles were not mentioned, but the winning brewers were: 1st, tie between Alan Hew and Bill & Wendy Aaronridge; 2nd, Steve Marler, and 3rd, Jamie & Paul Langlie. Some nice photos from the event, including one of Alan tapping the firkins, can be viewed in the May 2008 BURP News, available on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/newsletter200805.pdf.
The Apr 2008 issue of BURP News featured the usual collection of excellent writing. Kicking off the issue was the announcement of BURPer Bud Hensgen winning the annual AHA Lallemand Scholarship, which allowed Bud to attend the Siebel Institute’s two-week Concise Course on Brewing Technology. Following this was the recipe for the March Stout Competition winner, “Gaping Bunghole Stout”, brewed by Tom & Colleen Cannon. BURPer Jeanie Osburn was up next with her extensive review of the March meeting held in Arlington, VA (and including several nice photos of the event). The fun then began at mid-issue with several articles containing “alternative facts”, a grand tradition of BURP’s April newsletters. Contributions included an announcement of the annual MASHOUT camping trip being moved to Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay and a report on the finding of a hidden tank of bootleg beer under the floorboards of BURPer Rod Rydlun’s famous 1930’s Bentley (named “Hannibal”). Completing the issue was Charlie Pavitt’s “Trivial Beer-Suits”, this month featuring a Miss Manners-inspired column on beer etiquette from around the world. You can read the entire issue on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200804.pdf.