BURP 10 Years Ago this Month – Aug 2006

Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist

For many years now, August has been MASHOUT month for BURP members. The Mid-Atlantic States Homebrewers CampOut, started by BURP Fearless Leader Ralph Bucca in 1988, has brought together homebrewers from throughout the region to share camaraderie and great beer over the course of a 3-day (now 4-day) weekend. The 2006 event, held on Popenoe Mountain in western MD, was the 19th iteration of MASHOUT and featured all of the great things campers had come to expect – a special firkin of ale supplied by DuClaw Brewing Co (a bourbon barrel-aged old ale), a live band (Radio Mosaic, comprised of members of the renowned Grateful Dead tribute band New Potato Caboose), a homebrew competition (won by Jim Kelly of the Star City Brewers Guild with his Cream Ale), Saturday night barbecue feast (with side dishes contributed by all attendees), and Sunday morning pancake breakfast. BURPers Bob & Kathleen Warriner celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary on the mountain (fitting since they were, and remain, the only couple to have been married during MASHOUT). Musical jam sessions were a big part of campfires during this time and featured BURPer and property owner Chuck “Pops” Popenoe on fiddle and ukulele and his son Charles on guitar. Joining in this year (among others) was Joel Gallihue (now the organizer of MASHOUT) on his big homemade bass. The weather at this event was some of the best ever – beautiful, low humidity days and comfortable nights with big, starry skies. Many felt it was one of the best MASHOUT’s ever!

As was often the case in these days, there was no BURP News published in August. The contents of the combined July-August issue was covered in last month’s historical column.