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Joel Gallihue
Username: Gallibrew

Post Number: 125
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2005 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Spirit of Belgium Conference Impressions:
Held in Arlington, VA and hosted by BURP, this was a great conference. (Saw Joe Alf from HBD.) Very easygoing environment where you could talk to speakers at receptions. The presentations were excellent and the selection of tastes amazing.

Favorite tastes - Tomme Arthur's Cuvee is really interesting. Its hard to call it beer. Wonderful acidity and oak flavors.
-Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River had an all Brett fermented beer that was a good reference point for all the discussion of fermenting with wild yeast.
- McKenzie Brew House of Chadds Ford, PA has a really nice Biere de Guard. What was really cool was to sample it with Steve Markowski and discuss his book.
-Cantillon Organic Gueuze was really intense ... not in Kansas anymore kind of experience. Also a good reference point for wild yeast and bacteria flavors.

Many thanks to the BURP organizers for a great conference.
Joel Gallihue
Columbia, MD

Joe Alf
Username: Joea

Post Number: 239
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 03:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That was a most impressive conference with a mind numbing amount of rare Belgian masterpieces.
Truly one of the greatest weekends I've ever had.
The all Brett beers were phenomenal.
Burp is a great homebrew club with some incredible resources.
Very inspiring.
Thanks and Congradulations to BURP a job well done.
Although I'd imagine the leftovers would be reward enough.