Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
Continuing the celebrations in honor of BURP’s 25th anniversary, the club met at the home of Ken & Sara Graham in Darnestown, MD on Oct 17, 2006. The theme of this meeting was a re-creation of BURP’s first ever club homebrew competition, held in April 1983. The style for that first competition was “high-gravity ale”, and the top prize (for an extract-based stout) went to Bill Quittman and Fred Dormer. This event became the basis for the Dan McCoubrey Memorial Stout Competition, now BURP’s longest-running club competition. Because the winning entry in that first competition was a dark beer, the 2006 version accepted entries in all dark beer styles. The only rule was that the beer had to be in a color range greater than 20 SRM. This definitely included all Stout and Porter styles, but there were others that could possibly pass muster as well. And of course, one of the joys of homebrewing is that you can create your own style, just so long as it meets the basic criteria. As it turned out, enthusiastic BURPers entered 17 beers in the competition, which was formally judged by 6 of the club’s best BJCP judges. The winners, announced at meeting’s end, were: 1st, Bud Hensgen with an Old Ale; 2nd, Dave Todd with a Russian Imperial Stout; and 3rd, Rick Garvin & Christine Johnbrier with a Foreign Extra Stout. The winners all received special black & gold “anniversary ribbons” to mark the occasion, provided by co-Culture Minister Jamie Langlie.
The Oct 2006 issue of BURP News featured additional highlights gleaned from the 2006 AHA Homebrewers Conference courtesy of Fearless Leader Steve Marler (ex, pellet hops oxidize more rapidly than whole hops); an excellent review of the 25th anniversary BURP meeting held the month before (by Ben Schwalb); full details on the upcoming 10th BURP Real Ale Competition and Festival scheduled for November; and Dr Charlie Pavitt’s continuing “Trivial Beer’Suits” series, this time discussing early improvements in the technology of brewing, in particular the invention of the mercury thermometer (in 1714 by Gabriel Fahrenheit, who also invented the temperature measurement scale still in use today).