Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
November is Real Ale month for BURP members, and on Nov 18, 2006, the club held its 10th annual Real Ale Festival at the Aaronridge Pub in Rockville, MD. As always, the competition to select the “Champion Real Ale of BURP” was held the night before, and all leftover beer was made available to the large and thirsty crowd the following day. For the record, there were 49 beers entered in the competition, served by way of 25 English beer engines donated by generous BURP owners. Ten of these beers went to the “best of show” round, judged for the first time by an all-female panel of judges (Wendy Aaronson, Colleen Cannon, Betsy Kepler, and Wendy Schmidt). The winning beer was an ESB brewed by Tim Artz. Second place went to Mark Hogenmiller for his Ordinary Bitter, and third went to Mel Thompson for his Brown Porter. BURPer Calvin Perilloux took the coveted “Cellarman’s Choice” mash paddle (given to the favorite beer of the volunteer stewards that didn’t make the BOS table) for his Mild Ale. The weather was cool but pleasant, and the crowd had a great time. The meeting report which appeared in the December edition of BURP News was written by none other than Brian “Stillwater” Strumke, the now-legendary brewer of exquisite Belgian ales sold under his Stillwater Ales brand name. Brian had a great time at the event and particularly enjoyed an ESB that had “an obvious Brett infection” – which was right up his alley! Musical entertainment was provided (then as now) by Bags Howard and Pops Popenoe, along with a fine ensemble of roots jazz musicians. A fine time was had by all! You can read Brian’s great meeting report on the BURP website (next to a photo of the all-female BOS panel) at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200612.pdf.
The Nov 2006 issue of BURP News featured a nice write-up by A.J. deLange on the brewing of BURP’s 25th anniversary American Barley Wine (which clocked in at an appropriate 25 degrees Plato). Club volunteers brewed a full barrel of the ale on A.J.’s home system (which resides in a special addition to his house in McLean, VA). Following A.J.s article, BURP’s Mark Hogenmiller reported on his summer vacation in Japan, where he found no beers of character outside of the country’s “big 5” mega-breweries (Asahi, Kirin, Orion, Sapporo, and Suntory). Of course, a lot has changed in Japan since that time, including a now-thriving craft beer scene. Professor Charlie Pavitt rounded out the issue with his monthly column, this time on the history of refrigeration as used to preserve the freshness of beer over the centuries.