Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
Most current BURP members consider Seneca Creek State Park as the site of the annual BURP Oktoberfest meeting held in September. The park has been the home of the event for quite a few years now. But for a few years earlier in this millennium, the club Oktoberfest celebrations were routinely held at the Turtle Creek Farm in Brandywine, MD (home of BURPers Jim & Linda Rorick). The beautiful farm, with its rolling fields and large tobacco barn, served as both the site of the monthly meeting and a campsite for those wishing to extend their stay into Sunday. The weather was less than perfect this year with periods of light rain during the day. But Jim & Linda cranked up their big trailer-mounted grill as always with grilled delights for attendees as well as campers. The highlight of the event was the popular-vote traditional German-style beer competition, ably administered by the club’s Ministers of Culture (Bruce Bennett & Wendy Schmidt). The entry numbers (6 total) were down a bit, likely due to the weather (which also limited the crowd to about 40 hearty souls). But only one beer style (Oktoberfest) was duplicated with 2 entries. Winners were announced at meeting’s end: 1st, Brian Dueweke & Paul Langlie (Dusseldorf Altbier); 2nd, Bill & Wendy Aaronridge (Oktoberfest); and 3rd, Bill Kupski (Munich Dunkel). At meeting’s end, a small group of campers stayed on for more celebrations during the evening, followed by a hearty breakfast of Rorick McMuffins and Alison Skeel’s hangover-cure Tripe Soup the next morning.
As noted in the Oct 2008 issue of BURP News, available on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200810.pdf, there were a number of other great events in which the club (or club members) participated in Sep 2008. You can read about all of these in the Fearless Leaders’ “Fall Musings” at the beginning of the newsletter. There are also some nice photos taken at the Oktoberfest meeting.
The Sep 2008 issue of BURP News listed all of the many September and October events in store for members to enjoy. This was followed by two interesting homebrew recipes – the first the winning Belgian Pale Ale recipe from the competition held at the 2008 MASHOUT, followed by a very traditional recipe for a Mild Ale using a percentage of flaked maize in the grist (not unusual for UK-based cask ale brewers). Mid-issue featured kudos to the many people who made the 2008 MASHOUT such a great success, followed by a nice review of the event by BURPer (and MASHOUT founder) Ralph Bucca. Finally, the issue completed with a more extensive than usual BURP history column from your humble compiler describing the wide array of beer events held in the DC area during Sep 1988 and Sep 1998. You can read the entire issue on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200809.pdf.