News & Announcements

Reminder: October Meeting

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, October 16th, 2017 @ 6:37pm


Just a reminder that our October Meeting is this Sunday 10/22 at Brew Gentlemen in Braddock starting at 12 noon.   We'll be taking nominations for VP and Secretary.  We also have a tech talk about rescuing a beer via Krausening.  See you Sunday!




Tony's Brewing Equipment Needs a New Home

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 @ 6:28pm


Tony Knipling's brewing equipment is looking for a new home.  There are carboys, kettles, kegs, and miscellany that would make great additions to one's brewery.  There are pictures up in the TRASH Facebook group.    Mark Benson ( currently has possession of this equipment.  In accordance with Tony's wishes, the equipment is yours fin return or a modest donation to TRASH.  Please contact Mark if you're interested. 



Pouring Opportunity - October 6

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, September 28th, 2017 @ 6:01pm


There is a pouring opportunity downtown next Friday evening, and they're still accepting more brewers.  TRASH folk have done this event in the past and , reportedly,  a good time was had by all.  

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: Event: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Place: Rivers Club – One Oxford Centre
301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Please see the attachment for additional details and registration information.



Reminders - September Meeting, Cider Buy

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, September 18th, 2017 @ 5:48pm

September Meeting This Saturday

Location: Fury Brewing Company, 13380 US-30, Irwin, PA 15642

Our September Meeting/Oktoberfest Party will be at Fury Brewing Company in North Huntingdon on Saturday 9/23 at 12pm.  Bring some German-themed food for the party! Tell everyone what you’re bringing here. Bring your best German bier for a mini-comp (People’s choice). 

Note that no one is signed up for food yet. 

Cider Buy - Payment Required

The 2017 TRASH Cider pickup will be held at 8:00 AM sharp on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Soergel Orchards in Wexford. Like last year, they will be pressing the cider for us the day before from a blend of apples well suited to making hard cider. It will be cold-stored and unpasteurized or treated. Like last year, we need to get in and out as quickly as possible since this is their crazy-go-nuts busy season. If you've seen Soergels at noon on a Saturday in October, trust me - you want to get out of there early. Timur Snoke ha graciously agreed to coordinate the cider buy this year, and even convinced us to open it up to TRUB because they're cool folks and we like them.

To get in on the group buy you must be dues-paid TRASH or TRUB member. (You can join now if you really want in on the action at!) Cider will be $3.75/gallon and you must pay for it in advance via PayPal. To purchase cider, just send us an email at and we'll respond with how to pay. All orders and payment must be received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 28th.


If you purchase cider and do not show up to pick it up at 8:00 on October 7th, your cider will be forfeited and divided up among those in attendance, and you will be burned in effigy.

You must bring your own containers to the cider pickup. Any large-mouth vessel is fine - a fermenter bucket, a corny keg, a Big Mouth Bubbler-type carboy. Heck, bring your conical if you want. Just do not bring standard-mouth carboys, whether they're plastic or glass. The reason is the hose doesn't fit and filling them requires a funnel and throttling of the juice - it's a hassle. Buckets with lids or kegs are probably the best & easiest vessels to use.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to post to the TRASH forum or Facebook group to start a discussion.  

Upcoming Meetings
October - Brew Gentlemen, Sunday 10/22, 12 pm, Nominations for VP and Secretary
November - Leaning Cask Brewing, Sunday 11/19, 2pm, Elections for VP and Secretary
December (Holiday Party) - James Street Gastro Pub and Speakeasy, Sunday 12/10 at 3pm.  Bring the family!

Hop Picking Today in Cheswick

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Saturday, August 26th, 2017 @ 5:59am


This is short notice, but I got a note from a club member about hop picking.

Hop picking with free food and beer.  Bring homebrew if you can. There will be food there and if you can help pick some hops from their large hop fields, it would be appreciated.
Good deals on hops also for those helping out.
Michael Brothers Nursery, 47 Michael Rd, Cheswick, PA 15024.  
Call Dan for any information
Today, Saturday August 26, 2017 from 2 p.m. on



3rd Annual Brews and Brats at Nemacolin - October 7

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 @ 7:49pm


The 3rd annual Brews and Brats will be taking place on Saturday, October 7 at Nemacolin Resort.   This is a fun pouring event, TRASH is usually well-represented.  Plus, you get a free night's stay at the resort.  This year, there's a people's choice award that comes with a really cool prize.   Please read the note below and then contact Bob Landsparger at to register.  



The event will be held at our Ski Lodge where the guest would pay for admission for unlimited samplings no more than 3 oz., and purchase food. We are expecting between 1,000 to 1,500 people attending the event. Guests will also receive tickets to vote for their favorite booth. For the home brewers, we will do a people's choice for them, and whoever wins will receive a prize. Ideally I want to keep this as a secret for those who want to participate, but the prize is the opportunity for Penn Brewery to work with the winner and make his/her brew of their choice using Penn Brewery's small batch system. You can bring whatever makes it easier for you (bottle, can, draft). The breweries will donate their beer for the event and Nemacolin will provide the following:

•             Ice cooler filled with ice

•             Souvenir glasses for all paid admissions for sampling

•             Security

•             Live entertainment throughout the day

•             Bottled water & 2 meal vouchers per vendor


We also offer a complimentary night stay at the resort.  If you sign up, and there is a room available, you can use that free night stay then. If that is no longer available, or you decline on that offer, you can pick a later date of your choosing (blackout dates apply). We usually get a good mix of vendors taking the offer or picking a later date.

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President: Sean Kinnas
VP: Chris Marasti-Georg
Treasurer: Paul Fisher
Secretary: Mark Minuto
Past President: Jack Smith

Club-Only Comps

10/23/2016: Fall Beer
Winners: TBD

07/23/16 - Cider & Big Brew Beer
Winners: CMG, Timur Snoke

01/17/16 - Porter
Winner: Paul Fisher

12/05/15 - Mystery Grist
Winner: Tom Bosak

09/19/15 - Malty German Beers
Winner: Armand Houle

06/13/15 - Light Hybrid Beers
Winner: Mike Beattie

03/15/15 - Dry Stout
Winner: Brian Robbins

01/18/15 - Holiday Ale
Winners: Mike Beattie, Brian Robbins

09/20/14 - Festbier
Winner: Chris Brunetti


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