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The Official Newsletter of the BREWERS UNITED FOR REAL POTABLES

" The aroma of the beechwood in the beer and the logs on the fire conjure entertainingly Gothic dreams." Michael Jackson

Bill Ridgely, Editor (301) 762-6523; ridgely@burp.org

August 2005

15 Harvard Court Rockville, MD 20850

Cannon's Canons

By Colleen Cannon, Fearless Leader

Greetings fellow BURPers!

18th Annual MASHOUT Schenkerla Clone Competition On Popenoe's Mountain Fri-Sun, Aug 19-21, 2005 (Registered Attendees Only)

At the time of this writing, many of you are gathering your kegs, tents, sleeping bags, kegs, camp stoves, and kegs for MASHOUT 2005! Your MASHOUT crew has been busy for several months now, actively engaged in planning, organizing, and site preparation. Thanks to the efforts of Bill Ridgely, aka Mr. MASHOUT, your MASHOUT hosts Chuck and Helen Popenoe, and the entire staff of organizers and helpers, we are set for yet another fun-filled event. Be sure to check the “Two Drunk Monks” column for details about the Schenkerla clone competition and other upcoming contests.

September Meeting BURP Oktoberfest and "War Between the States" ALTercation Competition At Turtle Creek Farm Brandywine, MD Saturday, Sep 24, 2005 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Overnight Campers Welcome)

October Meeting Baltic Porter Competition Hosted By Nick & Terri Steidl At The Riverfront Park Mason Neck, VA Saturday, October 22, 2005 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The word sure spread fast about Tom Cannon’s recent BJCP promotion to Grand Master, and many of you have kindly given him your congratulations. For all the times I have said things in jest about the BJCP’s ranking hierarchy and various metaphors for Grand Poo-bah/ Master judges, I figure it’s high time I revealed the other side of the story; that is, the work I’ve seen Tom putting into BJCP over the years, and just what it takes to earn the title “Grand Master.”

Of course, anyone who has ever taken the exam knows that the first step is getting a combined essay/tasting score of 90 or above, and that in itself is no small feat. The time that Tom and his study group spent studying for a re-take of the BJCP, with the goal of improving their previous exam scores, was comparable to the effort one would put into a graduate level course (or two). I know this because I was in grad school at the time. And to their credit, everyone in that group improved their scores. That was in 1998. With approximately five years of judging experience already accumulated, it still took six to seven more years of volunteer work to accumulate the experience points necessary to earn the title.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please submit all articles for publication in either plain text or Microsoft Word format to the e-mail address above. Do not include graphic files. Deadline for articles is 2 weeks before each scheduled BURP meeting unless otherwise indicated. Changes to membership records should be sent to membership@burp.org.

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