Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
For the second February in a row, BURP members met at the lovely home of Lou King & Harriet Langlois in Ijamsville, MD (just south of Frederick). Winter’s short days and cool temperatures provide not only a great environment for brewing beer but also give us a taste for smooth, malty beers consumed in front of the fireplace. The theme for this meeting was Porter, the delicious dark style originating from England. The event began with a tutored tasting of all BJCP Porter sub-styles conducted by BURP Enlightenment Ministers Wendy Aaronson & Tom Cannon. Commercial examples of brown porters, robust porters, and strong Baltic porters were included in the tasting (with special thanks to Victory Brewing Co for donating a case of its wonderful, rich “Baltic Thunder” porter). A homebrewed example was then evaluated along with tips for recipe formulation. Following the educational session, the club’s homebrewed porter competition was conducted. There were 18 total entries, nearly equally divided between brown (6 entries), robust (7 entries) and Baltic (5 entries) styles. Six of the club’s best judges accepted the challeng of evaluating the entries. At meeting’s end, the winners were announced: 1st, Jamie & Paul Langlie with a Baltic Porter; 2nd, Wendy Aaronson & Bill Ridgely with a Brown Porter; and 3rd, Mel Thompson with a Baltic Porter. The recipe for Jamie & Paul’s winning entry was published in the March 2008 issue of BURP News, which you can read here: https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200803.pdf.
The Feb 2008 issue of BURP News featured a cornucopia of great writing, beginning with a nice history of the porter beer style and an outline of the BJCP Porter style category by BURP’s new Culture Ministers. This was followed by Dr Charlie Pavitt’s “Trivial Beer-Suits”, this month tying a scholarly article on the effects of wealth on society to the theory that domestic grain production was inspired by the need for beer rather than bread (Okay, you have to read the article to understand the link). The issue wrapped up with BURPer Steve Marler’s excellent travelogue on the growing beer scene in Little Rock, Arkansas. You can read the entire issue here: https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/newsletter200802.pdf.