Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist.
The 2008 BURP year finished as it had the previous year (and several others prior) at the Lyon Park Community Center in Arlington, VA. Once again, BURP members gathered to celebrate the holidays, joined in a great potluck feast (with dishes all made using beer as an ingredient), and recognized those who contributed to the success of the club over the course of the year. In addition, the event featured (as always) a homebrew competition. By this time, the club had settled in on Winter Warmers as the style of choice (even though there was no “official” BJCP “winter warmer” style guideline, so pretty much anything qualified if it was med-to-high gravity and on the malty side – and often contained spices as well). As it turned out, the competition winner (selected by open ballot of all attending) was Steve Marler’s very tasty Belgian Spiced Ale. I could not find descriptions of the 2nd and 3rd place winning beers but do seem to recall the most recent BURP anniversary beer made at the home of A.J. deLange came in 2nd (yes, it was a bit of a ringer). The final bit of business at the meeting was the election of BURP officers for 2009. Moving into the Fearless Leader role was longtime BURPer Andy Anderson. His able staff included Tim Artz as new Minister of Enlightenment and A.J. deLange & Christine Johnbrier as new Co-Ministers of Culture (putting them somewhat on the spot to find a new venue for the 2009 Spirit of Free Beer competition, which could no longer be held at the now-shuttered Old Dominion Brewing Co in Ashburn, VA). You can read Colleen Cannon’s fun review of the meeting (in the form of song lyrics and called “Brewing in a Beery BURPerland”) in the January 2009 issue of the newsletter, available for your reading pleasure at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200901.pdf.
The December (and final 2008) issue of BURP News primarily featured candidate statements for all of those running for club officers for 2009. Rounding out the issue was Charlie Pavitt’s monthly “Trivial Beer-Suits” column, this time lamenting a recent report on the ongoing demise of the English pub (with five going out of business on a daily basis, resulting in more than half of all UK villages sadly going high and dry). On a BURP historical note, Dec 2008 also marked the 20thanniversary of the club’s first holiday banquet, held at “Colonel Brook’s Tavern” in DC on Dec 14, 1988. Each attendee of that event received a full dinner and two beers (from the 13 available taps at the restaurant) for $12.00 (tax and tip included). One of the featured beers was “Santa Class”, the seasonal winter warmer from the Oxford Class Brewery in Glen Burnie, MD. You can read the entire issue on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200812.pdf.