Compiled by Bill Ridgely, BURP Archivist
Most BURP members are familiar with MASHOUT, the annual homebrewer’s campout started by the club in 1988 (and still going strong 30 years later). MASHOUT takes place in August and features outdoor fun for homebrewers from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. In 2007, a second campout for BURP members was held in September at Turtle Creek Farm in Brandywine, MD (home of BURPers Jim & Linda Rorick). This event also served as the club’s special Oktoberfest meeting, and what a meeting it was this year! The weather was perfect – bright and sunny. Jim & Linda cranked up their big trailer-mounted grill, filled to capacity with wonderful rotisserie chicken. Club members brought loads of beer (including kegs for the annual German-style homebrew competition) and food. Many “ein prosits” were shared along with the rousing German music. A fine time was had by all! The homebrew competition featured two separate tracks – a popular vote competition for the best German-style beer and a special formally-judged bottled beer competition for the best Bock-style beer. The winners of the popular vote competition were: 1st, The Dickheads (Tom & Colleen Cannon, Pat & Janet Crowe, & Steve Marler) with their Keller Pils; 2nd, Rick Garvin & Christine Johnbrier with their Traditional Bock; and 3rd, Ed Bielaus & Mel Thompson with their Dusseldorf Altbier. The Bock competition winners were: 1st, Ed & Mel once again with their Traditional Bock; 2nd, Rick & Christine once again with their Maibock; and 3rd, Mike Neith with his Doppelbock. Following the meeting, a good number of people pitched their tents and stayed the night. Jim & Linda hosted a fabulous pot luck breakfast the next morning and fired up their electric espresso/cappuccino machine. Afterward, several attendees participated in a rollicking bicycle ride to the nearby Patuxent River Park. The recipes for both of the 1st place competition beers (along with some great photos of the meeting) can be viewed in the Oct 2007 issue of BURP News, available on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/200710.pdf.
The Sep 2007 issue of BURP News featured some great remembrances of the late FOB (Friend of BURP) Michael Jackson, followed by a full review (with photos) of the recently-held 20th anniversary MASHOUT. BURPer Calvin Perilloux next contributed his reminiscences of serving on the Best of Show panel at the 2007 Montgomery Country Agricultural Fair homebrew competition, held in early August. Finally, Dr Charlie Pavitt rounded out the issue with his monthly “Trivial Beer-Suits” column, this time discussing proposed new labeling requirements for beer (which would for the first time require such info as ABV, calories, fat, protein, and “servings per container”). You can read the entire issue on the BURP website at https://www.burp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Newsletter200709.pdf.