October News

Happy October BURPers! I hope everyone experienced some gemütlichkeit at our Oktoberfest meeting last weekend…I know I did! With last month’s meeting so late in the month, our next meeting is just around the corner–less than 2 weeks away!

October Meeting: 10/12 @ 1pm

On Saturday, October 12 from 1pm – 5pm, we’ll meet in Falls Church, VA for some delicious BBQ & of course some beer. We’re trying something a little different this month: while club members usually bring (a ton of) food to our meetings, BURP is “giving back” this month & we’ll be providing food from Liberty BBQ. Our resident food expert & Minister of Prosperity, Pam Leifer, opened up the BURP coffers to order a hearty meal that will include Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Rolls, & BBQ Sauce. Of course, no one should come empty handed, so be sure to bring some beer (homebrew preferably, commercial otherwise) to go with the BBQ. Other food contributions (veggies, sides, & desserts) are welcome too! Remember: always bring more food than you can eat & more beer than you can drink!

Sticking with the BBQ theme, our Ministers of Culture have arranged to do a “Best Beer with BBQ” competition (see menu above). This will be a popular vote competition similar to how we do the Chili Meeting & Oktoberfest, so be sure to bring enough of your entry to go around (2-3 gallons will usually do it). And the best part is, any style goes…so feel free to enter whatever you want! Register here: Best Beer with BBQ Competition!

And lastly, our Ministers of Enlightenment have a fun cider education planned with a special guest or two.

September Recap

What a fantastic Oktoberfest! The weather was beautiful, the beer was cold, & the brats were warm (well, after they were defrosted because someone forgot to do that). Lots of people to thank for helping out: Howard Michelsen & Ed Bielaus for cooking the frozen brats & chicken, Emily Michelsen, Bill Ridgely, Wendy Aaronson, & Steve Marler for helping with setup/decorating, Tom Cannon for running the German vs. American festbier tasting, Jeanne Burns for running our German Beer Competition, & I’m sure I’m missing someone, so THANK YOU to everyone who helped!

The German Beer Competition was fierce this year with about 15 fantastic beers. Andy Anderson/Kathy Koch & Matt Peppe receive honorable mentions for their Munich Helles & Altbier respectively. Robert Stevens took home the 3rd place ribbon with his Helles Bock called “RoAnne”. Matt Pyle came in 2nd with “Overboiled,” a delicious Doppelbock. And yours truly, Mike Reinitz, took home the blue ribbon with a Kölsch called “Three Kings” (I know, I know…fixed!). Congrats to all the winners!

Homebrew on the Hill

The AHA is hosing a “Homebrew on the Hill” event for Learn to Homebrew Day on Friday, November 1. BURP has agreed to participate with other local homebrew clubs to help spread the gospel of homebrewing. We’re looking for volunteers that are willing to help out on 11/1. Dave White is planning on attending & will help coordinate BURP’s presence there. Details from the AHA’s John Moorhead are below along with the link to sign-up:

Thank you for having your club participate in the AHA and BA’s Homebrew on the Hill day November 1 during Learn to Homebrew Day weekend! It’s going to be an amazing event and a lot of fun for everyone participating, especially the members of Congress and their staff. It’s a great face time opportunity to develop and foster our relationships with those on the Hill.

The Event:

Name: Homebrew on the Hill

Date: November 1, 2019

Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (clean up after)

Location: TBD

Set up: Mock homebrew stage areas (Mash, Boil, Ferment, Bottle, Enjoy) to physically show the steps of homebrewing to guests. Similar to that of staging a cooking show.

Goal: engage guests with homebrewing by walking them through the steps, and break any intimidation factors (lots of large equipment, time, quality, etc.).

CTA: have guests sign up for Hill Homebrew Competition, introduce guests and have them ultimately join local clubs, support LHBS, and foster relationship with AHA/BA

Sign ups: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1awY2k1Fl8jGhhvuug0OlF6CP1wYOQrNoM9OAnUKNVJU/edit#gid=0

  • Check out the 5 mock areas and put your name next to the item to bring (it may be that not everyone has to bring an item)
  • Once items are accounted for, that’s all we’ll need.

Food: we’ll be providing lunch and some beer during the day.

2020 Meeting Locations

I can’t believe it, but 2020 is right around the corner, which means we need to determine next year’s calendar. If you are interested in hosting a meeting at some point next year, please let me know. Meetings that are up for grabs are March (need an indoor location), April, June, July, August, & October. Thanks!

Upcoming Events

  • Homebrew on the Hill: Friday, November 1 (see details above).
  • Guild Holiday Party: The Guild’s holiday party will be on Saturday, 12/7 at Heavy Seas. More details coming soon!

Merch for Sale!

We have merch! Please reach out to Dave White via email or at a meeting if you’d like to buy anything.

  • NEW! BURP beanies (navy, forest green, or light purple. Only $9 each!
  • “Body by BURP” T-shirts (S-XXL), which cost $15.  Only a few remaining!
  • Navy long sleeves T-shirts (S-XXL) with the same logo for $18. Only a few remaining! 
  • BURP cycle jerseys (miscellaneous sizes) for sale ($45 each for members, $50 for non-members)
  • Generic BURP work shirts for $33 (only couple XL and L left).
  • 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

That’s all for this month…I’ll see you all on September 28 in the Nuthatch Pavillion!

Cheers, Prost, & Sláinte,
Mike