Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
March has been a St Patrick’s Day themed month for the BURP Club for some time now, and Mar 2006 was no exception. The main event of the meeting was the Dan McCoubrey Memorial Stout Competition, BURP’s longest running monthly competition (named after club founding father Dan McCoubrey, who brewed only stout). It was a sunny but cool and windy March 18th (the day after St Pat’s) at the home of Rick Garvin & Christine Johnbrier in McLean, VA. A lot was happening even before the meeting. Enlightenment Minister Wendy Aaronson gathered a crew of 6 BURPers to brew an extract Cream Ale, designed as both an educational experience but also an entry in the club’s Extract Beer Competition to be held the following month. The Flying Barrel in Frederick, MD kindly donated all of the ingredients, and the timing was perfect. The yeast was pitched just as the main body of club members began arriving for the meeting. As always, there was an amazing array of Irish-themed food and beers at the meeting, including two versions of Dan McCoubrey’s famous Irish Stew for 100. One of these versions used Dogfish Head Worldwide Stout (at over 20% ABV) as an ingredient. There were an impressive 24 entries in the annual stout competition, making for a long day for the intrepid judges. The winners, announced at meeting’s end, were: 1st, Mel Thompson & Ty Ming (Foreign Extra Stout); 2nd, Wendy Schmidt (Imperial Stout); and 3rd, Keith Chamberlin & Sharon O’Rourke (Foreign Extra Stout).
The combined Mar-Apr 2006 BURP News featured two articles written in honor of a foolish April 1. The first explained how to build an inexpensive yeast stir plate using a travel-size “personal vibrator”. The second article reported that the Old Dominion Brewery in Ashburn, VA had just been sold to a non-profit corporation, the National Capital Homebrewer’s Assn. It was only mentioned later that this was the “official” corporate name of the BURP Club. Fearless Leader Steve Marler reported that the purchase was inspired by the Green Bay Packers, the only NFL football team owned by its fans. BURP’s own Professor Charlie Pavitt rounded out the issue with his column on the latest scientific research dealing the important subject of proper beer serving temperature.