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Scenes from Brewers United for Real Potables (BURP), June 2002

Brewers United for Real Potables (BURP) is an internationally known homebrewers club based in the Washington, DC area and is one of the largest and oldest clubs of its kind in the USA. BURP's focus is the art and craft of making and appreciating traditional and creative ales, lagers, ciders, meads, wines, and sodas.

BURP has over 300 members, with an active core of between 50 and 75 who attend our monthly meetings, brew on a regular basis, and organize and participate in local and regional homebrewing competitions. While most BURPers live and work in Maryland, Nothern Virginia, and Washington, some members reside as far away as Japan and Scotland and others make trips to our monthly meetings from as far north as Pittsburgh, PA and as far south as the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

BURPers also come from all occupations and walks of life: The BURP family includes men and women, single and married, many with kids. BURPers are scientists, lawyers, diplomats, writers, artists, musicians, engineers, mechanics, computer techies, college professors, and military personnel.

The pictures in this gallery represent a typical monthly BURP meeting, usually hosted by fellow BURP members at their homes. Each BURP meeting includes a specific style competition and judging (stouts, pale ales, oktoberfests, weizens, ciders, etc.) for which a variety of prizes are awarded; a raffle for microbrew- and brewing-related prizes; a lot of excellent libations and food (BURPers are also top-notch cooks); and great conversation and fun with the friendliest people anywhere.

For more information about BURP visit http://www.burp.org For more about the hobby of homebrewing, visit the American Homebrewers Association at http://www.beertown.org/homebrewing/index.html

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Gathering at the home of Paul and Jamie Langlie
Gathering at the home of Paul and Jamie Langlie
u11%2fsloopjohne%2fsmall%2f2478357.june02burp_01.jpg Newlyweds Ben and Cathi Schwalb
Newlyweds Ben and Cathi Schwalb
Paul Langlie partakes of some of the goodies...
Paul Langlie partakes of some of the goodies...
...as others join in
...as others join in
u11%2fsloopjohne%2fsmall%2f2478359.june02burp_03.jpg Prizes for May's regional Spirit of Free Beer Competition
Prizes for May's regional Spirit of Free Beer Competition
The SoFB winners collect their prizes...
The SoFB winners collect their prizes...
u11%2fsloopjohne%2fsmall%2f2478364.june02burp_08.jpg ...as Colleen Cannon guards the rest of the loot, more prizes
...as Colleen Cannon "guards" the rest of the loot, more prizes
The big winner of the Spirit of Free Beer Competition.....
The big winner of the Spirit of Free Beer Competition.....
.... Keith Chamberlin, one of whose recipes will be brewed by Capitol City Brewing Co. brewpub in Shirlington, Virginia
.... Keith Chamberlin, one of whose recipes will be brewed by Capitol City Brewing Co. brewpub in Shirlington, Virginia
Husband-and-wife brewing team Betsy and Bob Kepler show off their competition ribbons
Husband-and-wife brewing team Betsy and Bob Kepler show off their competition ribbons
Becky Pyle, wearing her ribbons, with BURP regular Sarah Jazs
Becky Pyle, wearing her ribbons, with BURP regular Sarah Jazs
Jessica Parker samples a homebrew while Jeff Chan looks on
Jessica Parker samples a homebrew while Jeff Chan looks on
BURP's Fearless Leader Bill Ridgely (left) with Bill Newman
BURP's Fearless Leader Bill Ridgely (left) with Bill Newman
Long-time homebrewers and BURP members Wendy Aaronson and Alison Skeel
Long-time homebrewers and BURP members Wendy Aaronson and Alison Skeel
Goofing off with Christian Parker and Dave Pyle, who has Pat Crowe in a headlock...
Goofing off with Christian Parker and Dave Pyle, who has Pat Crowe in a headlock...
u11%2fsloopjohne%2fsmall%2f2478375.june02burp_19.jpg Bill Newman conducts a tasting workshop
Bill Newman conducts a tasting workshop
Hostess Jamie Langlie with Fearless Leader Bill
Hostess Jamie Langlie with Fearless Leader Bill
Kathy Koch begins the rounds selling raffle tickets
Kathy Koch begins the rounds selling raffle tickets
Bill R. and Ralph Bucca conduct the raffle
Bill R. and Ralph Bucca conduct the raffle
Christian Parker takes one of the raffle prizes...
Christian Parker takes one of the raffle prizes...
...while Sarah Jasz wins the grand prize, a case of Dominion Spring Brew (a Helles lager)...
...while Sarah Jasz wins the grand prize, a case of Dominion Spring Brew (a Helles lager)...
u11%2fsloopjohne%2fsmall%2f2478382.june02burp_26.jpg Jamie Langlie with her raffle prize
Jamie Langlie with her raffle prize
Enjoying a festive and beautiful June day
Enjoying a festive and beautiful June day
Dave Pyle with Christian Parker and son Christian, Jr.
Dave Pyle with Christian Parker and son Christian, Jr.
Christian, Jr. and his mom Jessica
Christian, Jr. and his mom Jessica