MASHOUT Early Bird Registration Ending Soon!

The BURP Club would like to strongly encourage all of you who enjoy camping as well as the fellowship of other homebrewers throughout the Mid-Atlantic area to register for this year’s 31st Annual Mid-Atlantic States Homebrewers CampOut (MASHOUT), the largest and best event of its type dedicated to the homebrewing hobby. MASHOUT has been one of the premier homebrewing events in the U.S. for many years now, and it remains one of the major events sponsored by the club. So your support will help insure its viability and continuity well into the future.

Begun as a vision of BURP Fearless Leader Ralph Bucca in 1988, MASHOUT now has devotees from throughout the region. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet and enjoy the company (and excellent homebrewed beer) of homebrewers from states throughout the mid-Atlantic. This year’s MASHOUT will take place once again at the Fort Royale Farm near Bedford, PA (just a short distance from Rocky Gap State Park). The dates are Thur, Aug 16 through Sun, Aug 19. Registration (and full information on the event) is available on the BURP website by clicking this link. The cost of participating is very reasonable for an event of this type, and if you register prior to Aug 1, you can save $10 on both admission and the price of a commemorative shirt (designed by MASHOUT stalwart Kara Luthardt).

Here are some MASHOUT events to whet your appetite:

* The now-legendary Sour Hour – Held on Friday afternoon, this event started as an informal gathering of sour and funky beer devotees. It has now turned into a total sour beer immersion experience, with more phenomenal homebrewed and commercial sour and funky beers than you have ever experienced in one place at the same time. And this year will once again feature a Sour Hour Homebrew Competition! Full details (and info on submitting your beers to the competition) can be found on the Sour Hour page at

* Live blues on Friday evening – Black Falls, one of Baltimore’s finest electric blues bands, will be rocking the hop yard on Friday evening. Dancing shoes are encouraged!

* Annual Beer-Food Pairing – This event will now be held on Saturday as a marquee event to replace the BBQ dinner held in past years. Attendees will have the opportunity to show off both their brewing and cooking skills by pairing luscious foods with appropriate beers. Think of this as an outdoor (and more intimate) version of Savour (and at a fraction of the cost!).

There are lots of other activities taking place over the course of the weekend, including a bike ride to the town of Bedford (where a new brewery, Olde Bedford Brewing Co, has recently opened). Keep an eye on for updates.

I hope those of you not already signed up will consider attending this wonderful event. Don’t delay! The early bird discounts will end very soon.