Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
Two big BURP events were featured during the month of May 2006. First was the club’s 21st annual Chili Cook-Off and “Best Beer with Chili” competition. The chili cook-off was (and remains) one of BURP’s longest running events, and this year’s was notable for both the fine weather and the excellent potables. It was held once again at the beautiful home of Dan Allers & Christina Wren in Fairfax, VA. Chili Commissioners Mike Neith & Winnie Huskey ably ran the cook-off, making sure there was no cheating amongst the 14 competing teams. There was a nice variety of chilis, including an authentic Cincinnati chili, an island style chili, and several chili verdes. Unusually, there were co-winners in this year’s contest. Tied for 1st place were Paul & Jen Fiorino and The Moose Crew (made up of Dona & Woody Lee, Bill & Beth Madden, and visiting friends Danger & Sparky). Yes, there was real moose meat in the Moose Crew’s chili! Hottest chili honors went to Team Jackalope (Tom & Colleen Cannon, Pat & Janet Crowe, and Steve Marler) with their (of course) Jackelope Chili (No actual jackalopes were injured in the making of that chili). The “Best Beer with Chili” competition was won, for the 4th consecutive year, by Rick Garvin & Christine Johnbrier with their Frankische Kellerbier – a delicious unfiltered German lager.
The Saturday following the Chili Cook-Off was devoted to the 14th annual Spirit of Free Beer, BURP’s premiere homebrew competition, held once again at Old Dominion Brewing Co. in Ashburn, VA. As always, the competition boasted a huge number of sponsors and prizes, and there were over 320 entries from all parts of the country. Best of Show honors were won by two of BURP’s finest brewers. Mel Thompson took 1st BOS with his German Pilsner and 2nd BOS with his Extra Special Bitter (ESB). Ed Bielaus took 3rd BOS with his Kolsch. A new brewer, Charles Prouty, took the Bill Moe Award for the best extract-based beer in the competition with his Bier de Garde. Full results can be seen on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/2006-sofb-results/.
The May 2006 issue of BURP News featured long time BURPer Ralph Bucca’s story about his recent work assignment in El Salvador, where he taught a woman’s farm cooperative how to make fruit leather using locally grown tropical fruits. Ralph sampled several of the country’s light lager beers, including one simply called “Pilsener” and the slightly more upscale “Suprema”. Rounding out the issue was Charlie Pavitt’s “Trivial Beer-Suits”, in which he expounded on the joys of Starkenbeer Beer Myth resort in Austria, where one could frolic in any of seven 13-foot swimming pools filled with 42,000 pints of beer.