Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
July tends to be the hottest month on the BURP calendar, and for this reason, a swimming pool in the back yard makes for a welcome distraction from the high temperatures. The home of Bruce Bennett and Nancy Cosier in Nokesville, VA had filled the bill for this meeting for a number of years already, and July 2008 was no exception. Crowds tended to be a bit smaller at this meeting – many people were on summer travel, and the meeting site was well out of the DC area in a more rural part of the VA suburbs. But those who attended always had a great time enjoying fine beer and frolicking in the wonderful pool. The main event of the meeting was the monthly homebrew competition, this time for German Wheat and Rye Beers. Judged by BURPers Wendy Aaronson, Terri Fischer, Bob Kepler, & Steve Marler, the competition featured four entries (three weizens and one roggenbier). The competition winner was Mike McGuire with a Dunkelweizen. Second place went to co-host Bruce Bennett for his Hefeweizen, and third went to Mel Thompson for his Roggenbier. Mel told the crowd that this beer was the most difficult he had ever brewed, with a mash made up of 60% rye malt that largely resembled Jello during the sparge. But the beer turned out great – a style rarely brewed at that time (and even less today). After the winners were announced, the crowd once again ensconced to the pool to enjoy the remainder of a hot but very enjoyable day.
The July 2008 issue of BURP News kicked off with an announcement for the upcoming brewing water workshop to be conducted in October by BURPer (and nationally-recognized brewing water expert) A.J. DeLange. This was followed by Jim Hanson’s report on the June BURP meeting (described in last month’s column). BURPer Jeanie Osburn was up next with a very enjoyable review of the just-completed National Homebrewers Conference held in Cincinnati, OH. There were close to 1,000 people attending this excellent event, including a number of BURP members. Jeanie wrote at length about both the educational and social aspects of the conference. After an update on plans for the upcoming 21st MASHOUT, Dr Charlie Pavitt rounded out the issue with his monthly “Trivial Beer-Suits” column, this month dealing with the hypocrisy of arguing against the possible acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the international beer conglomerate InBev on “patriotic grounds”. You can read the issue in its entirety at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200807.pdf.