E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Monday, January 25th, 2016 @ 8:35pm
We want to pass along the info we just received about a special homebrew competition that Apis Mead & ShuBrew are organizing to coincide with Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (April 15-24). Here are the details, straight from Dave at Apis:
The Homebrewing community has spoken and we have listened.
Due to the overwhelming outcry for homebrewers to be a part of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week we are pleased to announce 2016 Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Comptition - This competition will be held Sunday March 6th 12-4 @ Apis Meadery. The Winner's beer will be brewed By Shu Brew & released during Craft Beer Week. A limit of 1 entry per brewer will be in effect as well as a overall cap of 35 entries. Enteries will be taken on a first come first serve basis, meaning the first ones to E-mail will get entry numbers and once that number is at 35 the entry portion is closed. Once your beer is ready you can drop it off @ Apis Meadery Wed - Sat the week of the comp or bring them with you the day of BEFORE NOON. Due to time and equipment constraints no Barrel aged beer or Lagers will be allowed. The winner must be able to Brew with Shu Brew sometime between the 7th and 18th of March (that part will be worked out between the winner & Shu Brew) To enter send an E-mail to Info@Apismead.com with your name, Beer style & how the beer will arrive. Just to be clear this is a keg or bottle competition, but if you plan on bringing bottles you must bring enough for everyone to try some in a 4 hour tasting period (so basically a case) This is a very casual competition & the intent is to have fun while showing off your homebrew skills. If you have any addtional comments or questions feel free to E-mail me or comment below.
That's it - if you want to participate just email email@example.com with the requested information and get brewing! Good luck!
PS> Don't forget the TRASH XXVI competition is coming up soon. It will be held on Saturday, April 9th. Full details will be going out shortly just as soon as we get the web site set up and work out all the important dates & whatnot. Brew on!
E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, January 15th, 2016 @ 4:30pm
Hey TRASH Brewers,
Four Seasons Brewing in Latrobe, PA, contacted us to say they have a bunch of hops that they're not going to use, and they'll sell them at cost to local homebrewers. If you're interested contact Mark Pavlik directly. All hops (except chinook) are 2014 crop, in unopened bulk packaging, and have been stored in a freezer. Chinook are 2013. Prices are:
E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 @ 8:42am
Happy Holidays TRASH Homebrewers! Here's some club business - our gift to you! Please read on...
- New Officers - Committees - Competition Date
- NHC Competition Entries
- BJCP Exam Beer
- Club Dues
- Upcoming Meetings
If you missed the last few meetings, you might not be aware that the club has a couple new officers. First, thank you to Andy Weigel and Malcolm Frazer for their service to the club. Now, please welcome our new Vice President, Chris Marasti-Georg (CMG), and our new Secretary, Mark Minuto. Thanks for stepping up, guys! Next fall we'll be looking for folks to consider running for the President & Treasurer offices. If you're an avid homebrewer and want to keep this club running, please give it some thought.
We've been talking about forming committees for a while now, and now is the time to do it. We need you to get involved and help plan some things.
- NHC 2016 Club Night Booth - If you are going to the National Homebrew Conference in Baltimore (June 9-11, 2016) and would like to pour your homebrew at the TRASH booth on Club Night, please get in touch with us. We will add you to a mailing list where all the planning will be done. CMG will be the chair of the NHC 2016 committee. There's lots of details to work out, and we can't get this done without your help. Not sure what club night is all about? Here's a video that sums it up pretty well.
- Competition Committee - Organizing the TRASH competition takes a lot of work. This year a few of us did just about all of it, and it was difficult to get it all done. Going forward we need club members to get involved to help out with some of the tasks - planning, getting supplies, seeking sponsor donations, etc. If you would like to help out for 2016, please get in touch. We need your help to keep the competition going strong. And Weigel will continue to be the judging coordinator. Jack & Andy will co-chair the competition planning committee.
The shipping deadline for first-round entries for the 2016 National Homebrew Competition has been announced. Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 9th, 2016. Recall that we were talking about having the TRASHcompetition on March 12th, thinking this would be early enough that entrants could use their feedback from the TRASH competition to help decide which beers to send to NHC. Since that's obviously not going to work, we're re-evaluating when exactly to hold the competition. We still want to hold it in the spring, but we're thinking about early April instead of early-mid March to give us a little more time to organize things. Most importanly, though, we want to establish a consistent date to hold it for years to come. We'd like your input - does having the competition before the NHC deadline matter to you? If you have an opinion on this, send us an email to say so.
NHC Competition Entries
Since it's looking like TRASH 26 will be held too late to serve as a means of vetting your NHC entries, we are working on other ideas to help our club members get input on which beers to send to NHC. The first option is Andy Weigel's onlinebeerscores.com. We've mentioned this web site many times before. We are working out details to allow club members to register the NHC-candidate beers on the site and bring them to the January meeting and have some of the experienced BJCP judges in the club take those beers home and complete a detailed score sheet for them. Keep an eye out for another communications with the details about this. Another option we're thinking about is to have a separate get-together outside of the normal club meetings just for those looking to get feedback on the potential NHC entries. This meeting would be open only to those entering NHC, and you'd have to bring your beers to it to get feedback. If you plan to enter NHC, please let us know so we can get an idea of how many people will be at the gathering, and how many beers might need judging through onlinebeerscores.com.
BJCP Exam - Beer Needed
There is a Beer Judge Certification Program tasting exam on February 20th. Unfortunately there are no seats available in the exam, but the exam administrator is looking for homebrew to use in the exam. He's looking for seven 12-ounce bottles of each sample provided. The exam should include a range of beer from heavily flawed to excellent, so any homebrew you have to donate will be appreciated. If you have any beer that you'd like to donate, please email us and we'll get you in touch with the exam administrator. Please DO NOT mention any details about your beer in the email, because some TRASH officers are taking the exam and they cannot know anything about the beer.
Club Membership Dues
The year is just about over. This means your 2015 club membership is about to expire. Please take a minute to renew your membership online. Or plan to pay at the January meeting if you'd prefer. Your membership dues help keep the club running by paying for necessities like web site hosting, club liability insurance, and meeting & event supplies. In return, you get benefits like the ability to participate in club events such as the cider group buy, aha big brew, public pouring events like the Big Pour, and more.