There will be food available to purchase. Eliza's Oven will be on site. They typically offer things like pasties (hand pies), pot pites, barleywine pretzels, that sort of thing when they set up shop at EEBC. Bring some cash and come hungry!
A reporter from North Hills Monthly Magazine will by stopping by to talk to some homebrewers about the hobby and the club. She's interested in speaking with all members and would like to speak with at least one of the original/founding members. If you're interested in being interviewed for the magazine, don't be shy!
Bring homebrew! You can (and should) purchase some GOOD BEER (tm) from EEBC, but this is a homebrew club meeting and everyone wants to try your brew. Growlers, bottles, kegs, whatever you have.
We still need some folks to pour beer at a couple of upcoming events.
PghTee - We need 2-3 more people to get involved in order for us to participate. The event is on Thursday, April 23rd from 6:00 - 9:00 in the South Side. If you have a keg or two of beer to spare, and are free that evening, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is always a good time.
Beers of the Burgh - We have one more spot remaining for someone to pour their beer at this awesome brewfest on Saturday, May 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in Lawrenceville. I (Jack) really wanted to do this one but another commitment is keeping me away. My loss is your gain. If you have two kegs of homebrew (at least 2/3 full) to share, jump on this. You'll have a blast. Contact us at email@example.com if you want the last spot.
E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 @ 6:56pm
Homebrewers! There's lots of new info on the TRASH web site, and we have a couple opportunities to server your beer publicly. We need you to make these events a success!
In this email:
New content on web site - By-Laws, Meeting Minutes, Survey Results
Volunteers Needed to serve homebrew at PghTee (4/23/15) and Beers of the Burgh (5/16/15)
Upcoming meetings and events
New Web Site Content
We've been saying at the past few meetings that we'd be adding the following items to the trashhomebrewers.org web site. It is finally there for your perusal. These pages are all available from the green tab/button bar at the top of the web site.
This page contains the club's by-laws, adopted in 1993 and amended in 2000.
We will be proposing some changes to the by-laws to be voted on by the membership over the coming months. This link is only viewable by members who have paid their 2015 dues.
This page contains links to the Secretary's minutes taken during the general meetings as well as the President's Agenda used for each meeting's announcements. This link is only viewable by members who have paid their 2015 dues.
Thank you to everyone that took the survey we sent out in January. We have (finally) posted the results to the web site. The data we gathered is being used as we plan upcoming meetings and events.
This link is visible by anyone with an account on the TRASH web site (everyone receiving this email).
Serving Opportunities - Volunteers Needed
We have a couple of opportunites for our members to serve their beer to the public in the near future. For it to happen, though, we need you to volunteer to attend and server your beer. By serving, you get "free" admission to the events. With four TRASH brewers at our table, this allows for two brewers at any given time to check out the event and sample beer & food from the other vendors, leaving two TRASH brewers to cover the table. Serving your beer at an event is a great time. Yes, you have to sacrifice a keg or two of beer, but in return you get satisfaction from having many people drink the beer you brewed.
Feedback from our members indicates that many are interested in serving their beer with TRASH at public events. Here are two such opportunites. Please sign up to pour! You can sign up by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible to pour for TRASH at one of these events, you simple need to be a dues-paid member for 2015. When time comes to organize our booth at the Steel City Big Pour (always a popular event within TRASH), priority will be given to those members who volunteered to pour at other events throughout the year.
Beers of the Burgh, a very popular and successful beer festival featuring just about all of the breweries in Western Pennsylvania, has invited us to participate as part of the Homebrew Headquarters section comprised of TRASH, TRUB (Three Rivers Underground Brewers), and BASH (Butler Area Society of Homebrewers). The event is on Saturday, May 16th at 4:00 PM. We have three spots remaining at our table. We would like each brewer to bring two kegs, at least 2/3 full.
Based on the feedback from members suggesting there is significant interest in participating in these kinds of events, we hope to make this work. If these two events are a success we will sign on to participate in more local events & festivals. We need you to help make it work!
Club Awareness Committee
Along those lines, we are looking for volunteers to join the first of our forthcoming committes - the Club Awareness Committee. This committee will be responsible for organizing public serving events, growing membership by discussing the merits of a homebrew club to non-affiliated homebrewers, that sort of thing. If you would like to take an active role in the club, please contact us about joining this committee.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Saturday, April 11th, 2:00 PM - East End Brewing Company http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/873099
Come hang out at EEBC, share your homebrew, learn all about the new barrel aging program - sours and whiskey barrel stuff. We're working on lining up food options for this meeting. We'll send out the food details once confirmed.
Saturday, May 2nd, 9:00 AM - AHA Big Brew with TRASH & TRUB at MoreBeer http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/957752
Bring your equipment out to MoreBeer's East Cost Distribution Center for a fun-filled day of brewing with a bunch of your peers. Full details are still being worked out, but the date is set. Get it on your calendar, and be sure to register at the link above! Registration is required to attend.
Saturday, June 20th, 2:00 PM - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/963032
Quarterly mini-competition: Light Hybrid Beer - Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, Kolsch, and American Wheat or Rye Beer.
Thank you again to everyone that signed up or renewed their dues for 2015. We couldn't keep the club running without it. If you're new to the club and would like to join, or if you need to renew your membership from 2014 you can do so in person at a meeting, or you can do it online here: http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/
T-shirts & Pint Glasses
If you haven't yet picked up a TRASH t-shirt, bring some cash to a meeting and snag one. The new one's look great in both gray and black, and we have a few of the old ones with the slogan on the back remaining. $15 M-XL, $18 XXL-XXXL, $5 pint glasses Purchases help fund the club's events and operating expenses.
Come on out, check out the beautiful new brewery, and taste some of Sean's ESB from his open ferementation experiment while he discusses what he learned. Please RSVP on the web site if you're going to attend.
Bulk Grain Sale Remember that A&M Wine & Beer Supplies is organizing a sale on bulk grain, hops, and chemicals to coincide with our March meeting. Details are available at this link. Orders must be placed with A&M no later than February 28th - that's NEXT Saturday. Additionally, we have been notified that A&M can fill your CO2 tanks on-site. They normally charge $15 to fill a 5lb tank, but will do it for $10 the day of the meeting. If you're interested, please contact A&M before the meeting so they can plan to have enough bulk CO2 on hand to fill your tank.
New T-Shirts are in!
We were running low on tshirts, so we put in another order. The new shirts are in and they look great. They have the same logo on the front as the old ones. The slogan on the back has been replaced with the club's web address. And this time around we ordered half of them in gray - they look great in gray! We have sizes M-3XL. Price is $15 for M-XL, $17 for XXL & XXXL. You can hardly buy a blank tshirt for that price. The club only makes a about a finsky on each shirt, but the money really helps us to keep the lights on. Please bring some cash for a fancy new shirt or two. We also have TRASH-logo pint glasses for $5.
Membership Dues Just a reminder that 2015 dues came due with the new year. Thank you very much to those that have already paid dues for 2015. If you haven't yet renewed your dues, please do so soon. After March 31st, club membership will lapse for anyone who hasn't yet renewed. In addition to helping to keep the club running by paying for operating expenses such as homebrew club insurance through the AHA, web site hosting, and mini-competition prizes, current benefits of being a dues-paid member include ability to participate in the quarterly mini competitions, ability to pour at public events such as the Big Pour and Beers of the Burgh, participate in the AHA Big Brew with our club, ability to participate in the fall cider press (we're bringing it back this year), and other benefits that will be defined and announced in due time. Dues paid any time in 2015 will provide you with membership privileges through December 31st, 2015. The easiest way to pay dues is on our web site:
If you'd prefer to pay in person you can do so by cash or check at a club meeting.
Thank you to everyone that took our online survey. The surve is now closed and the results will be published soon. We received a lot of good feedback that we will use to help determine the direction the club takes going forward.
Online Beer Scores dot com Do you have beer that you want BCJP-style feedback on? Head over to onlinebeerscores.com and click "Add A Beer," fill in the details about your beer, slap the entry number on the bottle, then bring a bottle or two of it to the meeting. Someone will take the beer home and judge it (using the "Judge A Beer" button on the web site). Nobody knows whose beer it is until after judging it, so the feedback is honest. This web site is very useful and many of use have been using it for a couple of years now to give and get feedbak on our beers. It was developed by our own vice president, Andy Weigel. Let's put it to work.
Upcoming Meetings In addition to the meeting this Sunday, we have the following monthly meetings scheduled: