Registration for MASHOUT 2016 is Now Open!

Registration for this year’s 29th Annual Mid-Atlantic States Homebrewers CampOut (MASHOUT), the largest and best event of its type dedicated to the homebrewing hobby, is now open! MASHOUT has been one of the premier outdoor homebrewing events in the U.S. for many years now. Begun as a vision of BURP Fearless Leader Ralph Bucca in 1988 and still a BURP-sponsored event, MASHOUT now has devotees from throughout the region. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet and enjoy the company (and excellent homebrewed beer) of brewers from states throughout the mid-Atlantic region. This year’s MASHOUT will take place once again at the Organarchy Hop Farm in Oldtown, MD (right on the Potomac River and just a few miles from Paw Paw, WV). The dates are Thur, Aug 18 through Sun, Aug 21. Registration (and full information on the event) is available on the MASHOUT website at The cost of participating is very reasonable for an event of this type.

Here are some MASHOUT activities 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. Full details can be found on the Sour Hour page at

* Annual Beer-Food Pairing – Early Friday evening. MASHOUT will feature this excellent event which provides attendees an 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!).

* 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!

* Saturday BBQ Banquet – A fabulous MASHOUT tradition for many years! Pork BBQ will be provided to all attendees along with baked potatoes, corn on the cob (if available) and other fresh garden veggies. Attendees provide side dishes, soups, salads, and desserts.

* Sunday Pancake Breakfast – The traditional closing act of MASHOUT. The Sunday morning pancake breakfast is prepared by volunteers (yes, your help will be appreciated) and consists of pancakes, bacon, and various leftovers from the Sat banquet (like corn and veggies).

There are lots of other activities taking place at the hop farm over the course of the weekend. Keep an eye on for updates as the full program develops. And volunteers are always greatly appreciated – sign-up forms are provided on the website for all those willing to help out.

I hope all BURP members and other mid-Atlantic homebrewers will consider attending this wonderful event. A fine time is guaranteed for all!