June was a busy month. Howard and I attended our nephew’s weekend wedding and served our beer for the rehearsal dinner. At the same time, a group of BURPers attended the National Homebrewers Association Conference in Baltimore. They served delicious beers on Thursday and Friday. The club was well represented.
The next weekend Howard and I joined one of our friends for the opening of The Brig, a new beergarden in D.C.on 8th street, SE. They have a great selection of around 20 beers on tap, both German imports and local craftbrews. Currently, they offer a limited menu – pretzels, wraps and corn beef sandwiches. There was also a food truck selling various hot dogs when we were there. We were surprised that it was so extremely busy on opening day! We were lucky to find space at one of the long tables under an umbrella. The Brig seems to be a good spot to add to the next Bike Wobble!
The month of June ended on Popenoe Mountain with our monthly meeting held during BURPOUT. The group enjoyed several bike rides, ribs on the grill Friday night (impromptu sharing from Jim Busch and us) and the usual chicken and corn on Saturday night with lots of delicious side dishes. The dinner ended celebrating Lisa Rozman’s birthday with cake and ice cream. If you weren’t there, you missed a lot of fun. Just saying…
July will continue to be a busy month. The July meeting will be at Bruce Bennett’s house. It is a pool party! Make sure to bring you swimsuit along with beer and food. The meeting will be July 16th at 1 pm. Unfortunately, I will be in Yellowstone National Park and will miss this meeting. But no matter – I’m sure everyone who makes it will have a great time!
With August comes MASHOUT. It takes place August 18th– August 21. Go to www.campmashout.com to sign up and get more information. There is a deep swimming hole, bike trails, hiking trails, a river for tubing, kayaking, or canoeing. There will be a band on Friday night and lots of dancing. The main attraction of course, is lots of home brew, Sour Hour Friday afternoon, beer and food paring on Friday night and smoked pork on Saturday night. The weekend will end with a big pancake breakfast on Sunday morning (along with various breakfast foods the participants share). As you can see, there are plenty of activities you can join or just sit around the beergarden and socialize with old and new friends. Definitely an outing not to miss! I look forward to seeing you all there.