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Last call for Cider

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 @ 7:14am

Hey TRASH members,

Just a reminder that all cider orders and payments are due by 8:00 PM tomorrow night - Thursday, September 22nd.  Cider pickup will be at 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 1st.  If you haven't ordered your cider yet, do it now or you'll miss out.  Full details of the cider group buy - including how to order - are here:

Don't forget - the TRASH meeting and Oktoberfest celebration is at Helicon is this Sunday!  Come, bring beer, bring food!  If you're bringing food for the potluck, go ahead and add your contribution to the list here:


Upcoming Meetings and Events

September 25th - Club Meeting - 3:00 PM - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale

October 1st - Cider Bulk Buy Pickup - 8:00 AM - Soergel Orchards - Wexford

October 15th - Brewing Up A Cure - 6:00 PM - PPG Winter Garden - Downtown

October 23rd - Club Meeting - 12:00 PM - Grist House Craft Brewery - Millvale

November 6th - PGH Brewtal Beer Fest - Spirit - Lawrenceville

November 20th - Club Meeting - 12:00 PM - Dancing Gnome Beer - Sharpsburg

December 10th - Club Meeting / Holiday Party - 5:00 PM - James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy - North Side
Invite Coming Soon!


TRASH Homebrew News & Notes for September 2016

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 @ 10:05pm

Good evening, homebrewers!

It's been a while since we've been in touch, so while we axiously await the upcoming meeting at Helicon on Sunday the 25th here are some tidbits about the club's wheelings and/or dealings.

Cider Buy
Get your cider orders in!  As of now we only have about 60 gallons of cider ordered.  That's not enough for us to keep this event on the calendar.  Last year we ordered 300 gallons.  If you want cider but haven't ordered it yet, let us know now!  Just email us at and we'll reply with how to pay for it.  It's $4/gallon.  All orders and payment MUST be in by 8:00 PM next Thursday, September 22nd.  But go ahead and order now so we stop thinking nobody's interested.  Full details:

Helicon Meeting & Potluck Signup
It's finally here!  Just twelve days to go until we meet at the long-awaited Helicon Brewing on Sunday, September 25th at 3:00 PM!  Remember - this is our Oktoberfest meeting this year and we're doing the food potluck style.  Please sign up to bring something on the TRASH forum.  Full details:

Mini Competition & Bread Beer Competition
Don't forget our quarterly mini competition for October is coming up on October 23rd at the Grist House meeting.  As was announced at the Summer picnic the "style" for this quarter will be "fall" beers.  Anything that seems to fit the season is open here.  Pumpkin spice, brown ale, porter, dark IPA, wet hop IPA, Oktoberfest, etc.  If you can make an argument for it being a fall beer, it's acceptable.  Be sure to bring a growler or a few bottles of your entry so everyone gets to taste it before voting.

Also, if you took bread at the picnic to brew a beer for the throw-down Malcolm organized with 412 Food Rescule, bring the beer you brewed with it to the October meeting.  Malcolm and others will be judging the entries that day.

Beer & Sweat
If you didn't hear, TRASH cleaned up at Beer & Sweat in Cincinnati last month.  Many club members won medals - nearly every one that entered - enough so that the club won the King Swanky award for most points won by a homebrew club.  We beat the hosting club.  We also brough home the Best of Show award again this year - this time Malcolm took the honor.  He also won the Bosmo award given to the individual brewer who racks up the most points!  Beyond all the hardwar that was won, everyone had a most excellent time.  Congrats to everyone that entered, and we hope to see even more TRASH brewers there next year!

Big Pour
Another Steel City Big Pour has come and gone.  We'd like to extend a huge thanks to all TRASH members that donated their beer & time to serve at the club booth.  The TRASH booth is alwasy one of the most popular, busiest, and most talked-about booth at the event.  This has everything to do with the quality and diversity of beer we bring year after year.  If you haven't poured your beer at the Big Pour before, consider planning to have a few kegs of beer ready for next year.  Ask anyone who's done it - it's an amazing, exhausting, rewarding experience.

Brewing Up a Cure
TRUB, the Three Rivers Underground Brewers, will be hosting their 10th annual Brewing Up A Cure on Saturday, October 15th.  This is a great event - a beer fest like no other.  It's mostly homebrew with a smattering of local craft breweries, meadmakers, and spirits makers.  Everyone brings their best to the event.  Ticket sales over the past nine years have allowed TRUB to donate just shy of $250,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!  TRASH will once again have a table there this year.  We're not looking for pourers at this time; we already have two volunteers.  But TRUB needs event volunteers.  If you'd like to help out, send us an email at and we'll put you in contact.  Of if you'd like to attend, tickets are on sale now and selling fast.  Get them here:

Please share the details of this event with anyone you know that loves beer and would like to support a worthy cause.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

September 25th - Club Meeting - 3:00 PM - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale

October 1st - Cider Bulk Buy Pickup - 8:00 AM - Soergel Orchards - Wexford

October 15th - Brewing Up A Cure - 6:00 PM - PPG Winter Garden - Downtown

October 23rd - Club Meeting - 12:00 PM - Grist House Craft Brewery - Millvale

November 6th - PGH Brewtal Beer Fest - Spirit - Lawrenceville

November 20th - Club Meeting - 12:00 PM - Dancing Gnome Beer - Sharpsburg

December 10th - Club Meeting / Holiday Party - 5:00 PM - James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy - North Side
Invite Coming Soon!


November 2016 TRASH Meeting - Dancing Gnome Beer

  • Sunday, November 20th, 2016 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 925 MAIN STREET, PITTSBURGH, PA 15215

    For our November meeting we're heading to another brand new local brewery - Dancing Gnome Beer…

    • 9 people are attending

TRASH Cider Group Buy at Soergel Orchards

  • Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at 8am - 9am
    Location: 2573 Brandt School Rd, Wexford, PA 15090

    The 2016 TRASH Cider pickup will be held at 8:00 AM sharp on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at…

    • 6 people attended

TRASH pouring opportunites

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Thursday, August 18th, 2016 @ 7:59am

Good morning TRASH brewers,

This week we were approached by the organizers of a couple of events who asked if we'd be interested in pouring our homebrew there.  If you like serving your homebrew to the public, consider signing up for one of these.

GTECH Entrepreneurial Spirits
This event is on September 17th from 6-9pm.  Below are the details they sent to us.  If you are interested, we need to let them know by next Tuesday, August 23rd.  We would need two brewers with at least one full keg each to pour at the even.  Email us here if you'd like to pour at this one.

The community development nonprofit GTECH Strategies is throwing a fundraiser called GTECH's Entrepreneurial Spirits that celebrates GTECH's innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in transforming vacant lots into urban green spaces and gardens. The event is on Saturday, September 17th from 6 pm - 9 pm at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse. All of the food and libations being offered have their own innovative twist. Wigle will be offering tastings and talking about their innovative flavors and process.

We are setting up stations to creatively feature projects, partners, and talk about innovations they have achieved. We would love to feature TRASH by having some members offer tasting samples of experimental brews at the event. I believe that your focus on community and supporting local economies with TRASH compliments the work ofGTECH. 

As a partner offer tasting samples at the event we would be happy to include TRASH's logo on event promotions, promote membership to TRASH through the events, and offer some free tickets and generous discounts to TRASH Members to party with us. 

Nemacolin Brews & Brats
Saturday, October 8th from 12-4 at Nemacolin Woodlands resort.  To participate we need at least two brewers with two kegs each.  I don't know yet if there is a limit on how many people we can have there.  In the past they offered a free night's stay at Nemacolin to all who volunteered.  We have asked if this offer is still part of the deal and will let anyone interested know as soon as I find out.  If you're interested, let us know.



October 2016 TRASH Meeting - Grist House Craft Brewery

  • Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: 10 Sherman Street Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15209

    For the club's October, 2016 meeting we'll be returning to Grist House Craft Brewery in…

    • 9 people are attending

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President: Jack Smith
VP: Chris Marasti-Georg
Treasurer: Brian Robbins
Secretary: Mark Minuto
Past President: Mike Beattie

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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