It’s feeling like Christmas in summer! My gift to you? A fairly brief and early July post, so you can focus on other things… like drinking awesome homebrew or like watching the Nats bullpen blow another late-game lead, which consequently leads to the need to drink more awesome homebrew! Call it a win-lose-win situation.
Anyway, we had two really great BURP events this month. First, a group of 20 BURPers partook of a private tour of the Heurich House Museum on June 10th. The group then followed the tour with a mini-pub crawl hitting three area watering holes including the Sauf Haus Bier Hall, the Big Hunt, and St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar. The tour was really enjoyable, but the fellowship afterward was even better (check out my BIG pretzel… That’s what she said)! We really need to do more events like this as a group, and I encourage folks to come up with ideas and bring them forward. I’m game for entertaining anything. The second big event, of course, was our fourth annual BURPOUT camping trip held on Popenoe Mountain from June (23rd-25th), near Rocky Gap, MD. In addition to having a club meeting, highlights were a tour of the new MASHOUT site at Fort Royale Farm in Bedford, PA and a tour of the newly opened 1812 Brewery outside of Cumberland. We also had a monthly comp on Saturday for “European Sour Ales” (BJCP category 23). A writeup of the event can be found here.
On a personal note, during the course of the year I’ve had nice conversations with members of the club who share list, details, and experiences of their travails across the country- including great brewery finds. I think such information is valuable to club in general, since we tend to travel and seek out great brew. So, I’m going to make an effort to start posting summaries of trips on the website for anyone who wants to share. This month’s listings will be from Pat and Janet Crowe who travelled on their own to FL but also with Tom and Colleen Cannon around PA.
What’s coming up?
Our next few meetings… (And don’t forget to consult the calendar below for the most up to date info)
On July 15th we’ll meet in DC at the home of BURP’s esteemed webmaster- Sean McIlvain with the competition being for Belgian Ales (Cat 24 and 25). His address can be found here. (Note: you’ll need to be logged in to see it.).
On August 12th, we’ll have a regular BURP meeting (no competition) at the home of Jim and Liz Busch in Silver Spring, MD. I’m sure Jim will let us ogle his new (and broken in) Porsche- assuming it’s been delivered. MASHOUT will be the following weekend (August 17-20) at Fort Royale Farm in Bedford, PA. It’s my understanding that there will be a competition sponsored by one of the other clubs. Registration for the event can be found here.
You can also officially mark your calendars for this year’s Oktoberfest. It’s set for September 23rd at Seneca Creek State Park. We’ll be meeting in a new pavilion the Blue Jay pavilion, which is right next to the Nuthatch pavilion we’ve used the last couple of years. October 14th’s meeting will be hosted by Joe Federico in Alexandria, VA and brings another popular vote competition with the BURP “Pro-Am”. In an attempt to bring some new brewers into the club, a BURP member and a novice brewer (preferably brand new) of their choosing will jointly brew a beer to share at October’s meeting. No limitations on style and kegs preferred. What’s at stake? Free membership for a year for the amateur winner- so find a teammate and get brewing! November 10th-11th will be the dates for our annual Real Ale Festival and will be hosted again by the Aaronridge Household in fair Rockville, MD.
Other Things to Think about…
We Need a Few Good VIRGINIA or DC BURPers to Host
Don’t want to drive to all the BURP meetings? Tired of crossing the river to visit your BURP brethren? Why not host a meeting? Specifically, we’re looking for hosts/locations in Virginia or DC for the club meeting in December. If you’re interested in hosting or have ideas for locations, shoot me an email. We’re also happy to talk to folks about hosting meetings in 2018; it’s never too early to start planning.
MERCH for Sale
We have merch! Here’s a list.
- “Body by BURP” T-shirts (S-XXL), which cost $15.
- Navy long sleeves T-shirts (S-XXL) with the same logo for $18.
- BURP cycle jerseys (miscellaneous sizes) for sale ($45 each for members, $50 for non-members)
- Generic BURP work shirts for $33 (a few left). I also have Mike Shaw’s shirt, so please let him know.
- BURP coasters with the old school logo, which we’re selling in packs of 10 for $2.00 and 25 for $5.
- BURP titanium openers for $10
- BURP European-style stickers for $1
Tentative 2017 Meeting Schedule v3.0
|Date||Host(s) or Location||Theme (if applicable)||Competition|
|February 25th||Gordon Biersch Tysons||JamBEERee joint meeting||Beer and Cookies|
|March 18th||Janet & Pat Crowe||St. Patrick’s Day||McCoubrey Stout Comp|
|April 7th-8th||Old Line Bistro||Spirit of Free Beer||Spirit of Free Beer
(Closed to public)
|April 22nd||Dan & Lisa Rozman||Spirit of Free Beer Leftovers||No Competition|
|May 6th||Dan Allers & Christine Wren||Chili Cook-Off||Best Beer with Chili|
|June 23rd-25th||Pops & Helen Poponoe||BURPOUT||European Sour Ale (Cat 23)|
|July 15||Sean McIlvain (DC)||Regular Meeting||Belgian Ales (Cat 24 and 25)|
|August 12||Jim Busch (Silver Spring, MD)||Regular Meeting||No Competition|
|August 17th-20th||The Fort Royale Farm (Bedford, PA)||MASHOUT||TBD|
|September 23rd||Seneca Creek State Park (Gaithersburg, MD)||Oktoberfest||Oktoberfest|
|October 14th||Joe Federico & Marianne Buckley|
|Regular Meeting||BURP "Pro-Am" team event|
|Nov. 10th-11th||Aaronridge Household (Rockville, MD)||Real Ale||Real Ale|
|Dec. 14th||Dan & Lisa Rozman|
|Holiday Party||Trappist Ale (Cat 26)|