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TRASH News & Notes for Oktober

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 @ 9:58pm

Good October, Homebrewers!  In this email:

- Compettion & Awards Banquet Info: come hang out with Gordon Strong
- Cider Press
- Wigle Whiskey Homebrewers Competition
- Upcoming Meetings

Competition & Awards Banquet
If you have entries in the TRASH XXV Homebrew Competition being judged at James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy next Saturday, October 10th, thank you!  If you have signed up to volunteer, thank you some more!  If you are signed up to volunteer but cannot make it for whatever reason, please contact us as early as you can to let us know so we can re-work the volunteer schedules for the day without having to scramble the day of the event.

If you are going to attend the awards banquet, please RSVP on the trash web site to let us know how many to expect!  RSVP Here.

If is our pleasure to announce that Gordon Strong - BJCP President, Grand Master level IX judge, and author of Brewing Better Beer and Modern Homebrew Recipes - will be on site judging the competition along with the rest of the volunteers.  Gordon will be signing books before & between & after the judging sessions, so bring your copy if you'd like to get it signed (or you can purchase a copy from him for $20).  Gordon would also love to speak with judges at the lunch break about BJCP stuff as part of his role as our region's BJCP representative.

The judging sessions are open to competition volunteers only; judging is not open to the general public.  However, the awards banquet is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM and is open to everyone.  If you have entries in the comp, come to the banquet to hear the results and hopefully win some medals & prizes.  We aim to start right at 7:00, unless judging runs a bit behind.  Plan to arrive for the banquet around 6:45.  The planned schedule for the evening goes like this:

- 7:00 - end of night: food & drinks can be purchased from James Street.  Leftover competition beer can be opened, tasted, shared, enjoyed, etc.
- 7:00 - Discussion and Q&A session about BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines led by Gordon Strong
- 7:45 - Announcement of TRASH
 XXV Homebrew Competition Winners
- 8:30 - Announcement of winners wraps up, everyone is welcome to stay to eat, drink, be merry.
- 8:30 - Gordon
 Strong book signing - bring your copy of Brewing Better Beer or Modern Homebrew Recipe to meet the author & get it signed.  New copies can be purchased for $20.

Cider Press
Reminder: get your orders in for the fresh-pressed cider group buy!  $4 per gallon, must be picked up in person at Soergel's on Saturday, October 24th.  All orders must be paid for by the end of the day on October 16th.  Please bring containers for your cider - buckets, carboys, kegs, whatever.  If you need to purchase gallon jugs from Soergels, please let us know so we can give them a heads-up of how many we'll need.  Full details:

Wigle Whiskey Homebrewers Competition
Wigle Whiskey is once again holding their homebrew competition on November 1st.  This is not a BJCP-sanctioned competition and TRASH is not officially involved, we just want to pass this along as it might be of interest to you.  Details available here:

Upcoming Meetings
October 25th, 12:00 - Hitchhiker Brewing Company - Mt Lebanon

November 22nd, 12:00 - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale

December 5th - Holiday Party - James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy - North Side
Invite Coming Soon

November 2015 TRASH Meeting - Helicon Brewing

  • Sunday, November 22nd, 2015 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 102 Union Ave, Oakdale, PA

    For the club's November meeting we will be visiting the brand new Helicon Brewing in Oakdale,…

    • 14 people are attending

October 2015 TRASH Meeting - Hitchhiker Brewing Company

  • Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: Hitchhiker Brewing Company - 190 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

    For the club's October meeting we'll be heading over to Hitchhiker Brewing Company in Mt.…

    • 10 people are attending

TRASH News & Notes for September

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 @ 8:27am

In this email:

- September Meeting - Please RSVP
- September Mini-Competition
- Bulk Cider Buy
- Competition & Awards Banquet
- Nemacolin Brews & Brats
- Upcoming meetings & events

September Meeting - Please RSVP
If you are attending the September Oktoberfest meeting on Saturday, September 19th, please RSVP.  Armand and Sue prepare a wonderful spread of traditional Bavarian festival food for us, but they need to know how many they're serving.  Do us a favor and let us know if you're coming, and if you're bringing guests please tell us.  Full meeting details & RSVP here:

September Mini-Competition
The September meeting will see another quarterly mini competition.  Bring out your best example of these styles and try to win the tasters' choice!  The theme this time is malty, moderate-strength German ales & lagers.  See the meeting link above for a complete list of accepted styles.

Bulk Cider Buy
If you want to purchase fresh-pressed local apple cider from Soergel Orchards, please plan to attend our bulk buy on Saturday, October 24th at 8:00 AM.  The cider price is $4 per gallon and you MUST pay for it in advance.  If you want cider, be sure to contact us and let us know how much.  We'll respond with instructions on how to pay for it.  Full details are here:

I see some folks have RSVP'd to the cider event but have not contacted us about how much cider they want.  NO extra cider will be available for purchase at the event.  All cider MUST be ordered and paid for in advance.  If you show up and you haven't put your order in and paid in advance, you will go home without cider.

TRASH XXV Homebrew Competition
The annual TRASH Homebrew competition is nearly here, and this is the 25th annual edition of the event!  Be sure to enter your beer, mead, and cider!  In addition to the chance to win medals, bragging rights, and prizes, you'll get at least two competed BJCP score sheets back for every entry.  This kind of anonymous feedback about your brews is invaluable in your quest to make better beer.  Register your entries here:

The competition will be held on Saturday, October 10th.  Entry deadline is Friday, September 25th at 7:00 PM.

We can always use more judges and stewards.  If you're new to competitions, consider signing up to steward.  It's a great way to see how competitions work and help out your homebrew club.  It takes a lot of people to successfully pull off a competition.  We'd love it if you were part of it!  Judge & Steward sign-up is available at the same link as beer registration above.

TRASH XXV Homebrew Competition Banquet
As always, there will be an awards banquet after the competition.  Like last year, it will be held in the evening after judging wraps up.  There is no cover charge.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  Also, all of the competition entries that did not win gold medals will be available for sampling.  (Every entry consists of two bottles.  The 2nd bottle is required for those that win 1st place in their category to be judged for best of show honors.  The 2nd bottle from all the other entries is up for grabs.)  Full details here:

Nemacolin Brews & Brats Festival
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has invited us to pour our homebrew at their Brews & Brats festival on Saturday, October 10th.  This is the same day as our competition which we truly hope you'll attend as a judge, steward, or even just come to the awards banquet to see how your beers showed, but if the competition isn't your thing and you have two kegs of beer that you'd like to pour, please get in touch ASAP.  In return for pouring at the event, Nemacolin will give you a free night's stay at their resort.  You need to provide two full kegs of homebrew to participate.  Event details are available here:

If you're interested, please get in touch with us ASAP as time is short.

Upcoming Meetings & Events
September Meeting - Oktoberfest! - Sue & Armand Houle's house - 09/19/15, 2:00 PM

TRASH XXV Competition - James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy - 10/10/15, 8:00 AM

TRASH XXV Competition Awards Banquet - James St - 10/10/15, 7:00 PM

Cider Group Buy - Soergel Orchards - 10/24/15, 8:00 AM

October Meeting - Hitchhiker Brewing Compay - Mt. Lebanon - 10/25/15, 12:00 PM
Invite coming soon!

November Meeting - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale - 11/22/15, 12:00 PM
Invite coming soon!

Steel City Big Pour - Booth Volunteers Needed

E-mail sent by Member 184c802, Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 @ 11:28am

We've been offered the opportunity to have an informational booth in addition to our pouring station at this year's Steel City Big Pour. We have 2 volunteers to man it, but need 2 more for the afternoon session and 2 more for the evening session - or 2 people that are able to do both sessions.

The only requirement to particiapte here is that you are a dues paid member.

Event Info
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Session 1 - 12-3PM
Session 2 - 5-8PM

If you are interested in participating, please reply directly to me at

Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis, so if you wanna do it, get back to me ASAP.

Steel City Big Pour - 2 Open Spots Remaining

E-mail sent by Member 184c802, Thursday, August 27th, 2015 @ 9:53am

Just a reminder that we still have 2 open spots for the second session of the Steel City Big Pour event.

Event Details

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Session 2 - 5-8PM

If anyone is interested in serving their homebrew, we require at least 2 kegs of decent quality homebrew per session. This is a big event, so we try to put our best foot forward. We have a very limited number of spots available.

In order to keep things running smoothly and keep our beer selection organized, we ask that anyone participating brings ONLY kegged beer. Brewers should bring no more than a total of 3 kegs per session. We're going to be rotating our beer less frequently than previous years. The goal is for brewers to not have to leave with nearly full kegs at the end.

If you are interested, please respond directly to
Please include:

Which session you're volunteering for (or both)

How many kegs you'll be bringing, as well as what styles you anticipate bringing.

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President: Jack Smith
VP: Andy Weigel
Treasurer: Brian Robbins
Secretary: Malcolm Frazer
Past President: Mike Beattie

Club-Only Comps

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Winner: Chris Brunetti

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

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

03/15/15 - Light Hybrid Beers
Winner: Mike Beattie

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