Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
August 2007 took the club from the heights (the gala 20th anniversary MASHOUT) to the depths (the passing of BURP friend and renowned beer writer Michael Jackson) in a very short period of time. MASHOUT, the Mid-Atlantic States Homebrews CampOut, began by the combined efforts of the BURP and FOAM Clubs in 1988, had become a monster event by this time. The 20th anniversary edition had been in planning for some time and featured several special activities, including a concert by the renowned DC-area guitarist Tom Principato and his band. Not unexpectedly, tickets for MASHOUT (capped at 200 people) sold out *very* quickly. The event took place once again on Popenoe Mountain in western MD, just above Rocky Gap State Park. A full review by Ben Schwalb & Bill Ridgely can be read in the September issue of the BURP News (see link below). Suffice to say it was one of the best MASHOUT’s ever!
On a sadder note, the passing of the inimitable beer writer (and Friend of BURP) Michael Jackson on August 30 (following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease) brought tributes from around the beer world. Your humble archivist compiled a number of these remembrances from BURP members in an article printed in the September issue of the BURP News. You can read this article as well as the full reporting on the 20th MASHOUT at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200709.pdf.
The Aug 2007 issue of BURP News featured (in addition to the Spirit of Free Beer winning recipe mentioned in my July column) a report on upcoming monthly club homebrew competitions from Culture Ministers Jamie Langlie & Jeanie Osburn, and Charlie Pavitt’s “Trivial Beer-Suits” column, this time on songs related to homebrewing (not a lot of these to be found, but two noted in particular were “Garnet’s Homemade Beer” by Ian Robb and “Home Brew Song” – sung to the tune of “The Battle of New Orleans” – by English homebrewer Jim Thoms. Lyrics to the latter song are included in the column). You can read the issue in its entirety at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200708.pdf.