Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
The new year of 2007 began at one of BURP’s favorite venues at that time – McCathran Hall, the beautiful old community center of the town of Washington Grove, MD. BURP member Pete Ryba secured the facility as a resident of this quaint old MD railroad town located near Gaithersburg. The day of the meeting turned out to be gorgeously spring-like, so as much activity took place out of doors (near the kegs located by the entrance) as indoors. The theme of the meeting was American Ale, and the winning beer selected at the monthly competition was destined to represent the club at the February AHA Club-Only Competition for Low Gravity/Session Beers to be held in California. Many homebrewers produce these styles, so there was no lack of entries in the competition, which was judged by Wendy Aaronson, Tom Cannon, Matt Pyle, and Herb Rose. The winners, announced at meeting’s end, were: 1st, Mike Neith (American Amber Ale); 2nd, Mel Thompson (American Pale Ale); and 3rd, Bud Hensgen (American Pale Ale). The beer and food were fabulous, as always, and the warmth of the day was matched only by the warmth of the large crowd in attendance.
The Jan 2007 issue of BURP News featured new Fearless Leader Kathy Koch’s first column, in which she laid out her plans and expectations for the new year (which included “brew a style you’ve never brewed before” and “help a brewer learn a new brewing skill”). New Culture Ministers Jamie Langlie & Jeanie Osburn (who referred to themselves as the “Mistresses of Malt”) provided the list of styles for all of the upcoming monthly club competitions. And new club Li-Beerian Mel Thompson provided a review of the book Brew Your Own British Real Ale by Graham Wheeler & Roger Protz. Mel loved the book, especially the well laid out and easy to understand recipe section. You can read the entire newsletter issue here: https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200701.pdf.