News and Announcements

Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider 2017 Homebrewers Festival and Competition

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, October 26th, 2017 @ 8:17pm

TRASH, 

Attached is some info for the Wigle and Threadbare 2017 Homebrewers Festival and Competition.

The event is November 12.  The entry is 3 bottles and the entry fee is $20, which also gets you into the festival.  

Prizes include include whiskey barrels and bottles of Wigle Whiskey.

Registration info is in the attachment.

Cheers!

Sean

TRASH at Beers of the Burgh - November 4th

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 @ 9:04pm

TRASH will have a table at Beers of the Burgh November 4th.

We are allowed 4 volunteers.  No minimum beer required to serve.

We can't actually demo a brew BUT since it's national homebrew day, we are allowed to bring a sample setup and talk shop about homebrewing.

Alex Szokolyai is the TRASH point man.  Please contact him at Alexander.Szokolyai@gmail.com if interested.

Cheers!

Sean

 

Reminder: October Meeting

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

All, 

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!

Cheers!


Sean

 

Tony's Brewing Equipment Needs a New Home

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

TRASH, 

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 (bensonbestbbq@gmail.com) 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. 

Cheers!

Sean

Pouring Opportunity - October 6

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

TRASH, 

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.  

Hoptoberfest
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.

Cheers!


Sean




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 http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/!) 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 officers@trashhomebrewers.org and we'll respond with how to pay. All orders and payment must be received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 28th.

DO NOT SHOW UP AT SOERGELS IF YOU DID NOT CONTACT US AND PAY FOR YOUR CIDER IN ADVANCE.

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

TRASH, 


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.  
724-265-1222
Call Dan for any information
Today, Saturday August 26, 2017 from 2 p.m. on

Cheers!


Sean

3rd Annual Brews and Brats at Nemacolin - October 7

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

TRASH, 

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 bob.landsparger@nwlr.com to register.  

Cheers!


Sean



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.

Announcement: Cider Buy October 7

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, August 14th, 2017 @ 6:37pm

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 http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/!) 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 officers@trashhomebrewers.org and we'll respond with how to pay. All orders and payment must be received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 28th.

DO NOT SHOW UP AT SOERGELS IF YOU DID NOT CONTACT US AND PAY FOR YOUR CIDER IN ADVANCE.

If you purchase cider and do now 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.  


Cheers!

Sean


TRASH and Steel City Big Pour

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, August 14th, 2017 @ 6:27pm

TRASH, 

Chris Meta is again coordinating our participation in the annual Steel City Big Pour.   Our station is one of the most popular.  It's a fun time and it's for a good cause.  Please see his email below and contact him if you're interested in participating.

Sean 


TRASH will once again be participating at the Steel City Big Pour on
Septembeer 9, 2017. If you've been to the Big Pour, you already know
how LARGE a part we play in the event. If not, then you need to see
for yourself!

We are looking for paid-up members to serve their beer at this year's event.
There are two sessions (12-3 and 5-8), and we usually ask for 2 kegs
per person per session. We get allotted a certain amount of daily
passes, and we have some brewers who stay for the whole day, and some
who rotate out midway through the event.

If you are interested AT ALL in participating in this year's event,
please send me an email (chrislmeta@gmail.com) with the following:

- How many kegs you are willing and able to bring
- What sessions (all day, early, or late) you would prefer to work

Once we have a handle on WHO is coming, we can start to figure out the lineup.

Even if you think you don't have enough beer, but are interested in
volunteering, please
let me know, in case we have an extra opening after everyone responds.

If you have any questions, follow-up with an email, text, or call.

Chris Meta
chrislmeta@gmail.com
412-559-7046

November 2017 Meeting - Leaning Cask Brewing

  • Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: 850 Pittsburgh St, Springdale, PA 15144

    Our November Meeting will be at Leaning Cask brewing in Springdale on Sunday November 19 at…

    • 7 people attended

Reminder: Picnic This Weekend

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, July 31st, 2017 @ 7:03pm

Reminder

The club's 2017 Summer Picnic will be held at the Den shelter on Centerview Drive in Boyce Park on Saturday, August 5th at 12:00pm.  The shelter sits on a slight uphill with a level area around the shelter. It is located on Centerview Drive with parking spots along side the road downhill from the shelter. 

This is a family friendly event.  We'll have a brief meeting to go over general annoucements, but this is mainly a chance to get together, share some beer and food, and have a good time.  And have a homebrew gear swap meet!


The picnic is open to everyone - members and guests alike.

Food
All food will be done pot-luck style. We had a great potluck last year.  Let's do it again! Post what your bringing here.  As of right now, only two people have posted what they're bringing. 

Drink
We're a homebrew club, so bring homebrew!  Glass containers are prohibited in all county parks, so bring your beer in kegs, stainless growlers, or plastic bottles.  One and two liter soda bottles work great as disposable growlers to fill from your kegs, and 20 ounce soda bottles work well for bottle-conditioning beer.  The club will provide some non alcoholic drinks - soda & bottled water.

Swap Meet
We're going to hold a homebrew swap meet / yard sale / flea market / what-have-you at the picnic.  If you have homebrew gear you're looking to sell or trade, bring it!  If you're looking to buy anything, bring cash!  Table space may be short in the pavilion, so if you're setting up to sell stuff bring a folding table for it if you can.  You can post what you're bringing for the swap meet here.

TRASHY Award
The kegged homebrew voted by popular opnion to be the best one gets the coveted TRASHY Award!  

Games
If you have picnic / cookout games, bring them!  Cornhole, horseshoes, frisbee, hackey sack, wiffleball, whatever.  Anyone have a set of Jarts?  Keg toss!

Upcoming Meetings
Offical invites are coming soon to an inbox near you.  Here's the plans for the next several meetings.  Some details to 
September (Oktoberfest) -  Fury Brewing, Saturday, September 16, 12 pm.  Bring German Beer and German Food!
October - Brew Gentlemen, Sunday 10/22, 12 pm
November - Leaning Cask Brewing, Sunday 11/19, 2pm
December (Holiday Party) - James Street Gastro Pub and Speakeasy, Sunday 12/10 at 3pm.  Bring the family!

 

December 2017 - Holiday Party - Spoonwood

  • Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 2pm - 7pm
    Location: Spoonwood Brewing, 5981 Baptist Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

    With the impending demise of James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, we've been forced to…

    • 10 people are attending

September 2017 Meeting - Fury Brewing Company - Oktoberfest Party

  • Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: Fury Brewing Company, 13380 US-30, Irwin, PA 15642

    Our September Meeting/Oktoberfest Party will be at Fury Brewing Company in North Huntingdon…

    • 9 people attended

October 2017 Meeting - Brew Gentlemen

  • Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: Brew Gentlemen, 512 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104

    Our October Meeting will be at the Brew Gentlemen in Braddock on Sunday October 22 at 12pm. …

    • 8 people attended

Volunteers Needed: Cooper Siegel Community Library's How To Fest on 9/10

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, July 20th, 2017 @ 7:41pm

TRASH, 

We’ve been asked to participate in the Cooper-Siegel Community Library’s How to Fest on September 10.  There looking for someone (or several someones) to come and give a roughly 20-minute talk on homebrewing.   This would be a great opportunity to share your enthusiasm and expertise with the community, and no demos required.  Please see the invite below and contact Kelley Beeson directly if interested.  

Cheers!

Sean


The Cooper-Siegel Community Library is planning it's very first How To Festival on Sunday September 10th from 1-5 PM. Haven't heard of a How To Festival? It's an hours-long learning extravaganza where the library becomes a giant classroom filled with multiple stations of volunteers teaching 20-minute sessions on topics such as:

o    How to Make a Fidget Spinner

o    How to Do Your Makeup Like a Pro

o    How to Have an Amazing Pittsburgh Staycation

o    How to Groom Your Dog

We want to fill the library with ALL kinds of learning opportunities! Anything, really; from the very small, fun and frivolous, to the major and more complicated. We're looking for hobbyists, enthusiasts, experts, practitioners and teachers who would love to share their passion, hobby or talent with others! Would you be willing to join us as a volunteer and contribute your expertise in homebrewing? We'd love to have a session on a specific element regarding homebrewing, like choosing materials, finding support and community and resources, educating your palate, anything! You would be a great addition to our learning lineup! Our planning committee is hoping this inaugural festival is pretty spectacular as we want to make this an annual library event!  

Please let me know if you're able to participate as soon as possible so that we can make sure the day is a big success! Looking forward to hearing from you!

Kelley Beeson

Adult Services Department Head

Cooper Siegel Community Library

412-828-9520 x21

coopersiegelcommunitylibrary.org

beesonk3@einetwork.net

TRASH Picnic / August Meeting

  • Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 12pm - 5pm
    Location: "Den" Shelter, Boyce Park , Monroeville PA

    The club's 2017 Summer Picnic will be held at the Den shelter on…

    • 13 people attended

Collaboration/Pouring Opportunity with Tupelo Honey Teas

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, June 29th, 2017 @ 6:56pm

TRASH, 


Tupelo Honey Teas is a loose-leaf tea shop in Millvale. They are looking to have some tea-infused homebrews to be served at an
 Ok-TEA-BEER-fest event in Millvale at the former Moose lodge on Saturday, September 30th.   They'd like to work with some of us ahead of time to develop the beer/tea blends that will be served.   

If this sounds like your cup of tea, please contact Stephanie Brea directly.  She is the contact person from Tupelo Honey
 Teas.  She can be reached at 
412-580-6952 or by email at sbrea@me.com 

Alternately, you could attend the upcoming TRUB
 meeting at Tupelo Honey Teas on Tuesday, July 11, at 7:00 PM.  The address is 211 Grant Ave, Millvale, PA, 15209.



Sean

Volunteers Needed: Carnegie Library Beer Talk and Brewing Demo in September

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, June 29th, 2017 @ 6:40pm

TRASH,

We've been contacted by the Carnegie Library at 1230 Federal Street.  They're looking for a person (or persons) to give a talk about beer and maybe demo homebrewing.   They were thinking sometime in September but do not have a firm schedule yet; Schedule is somethign they would work out with us.   If interested, please send me a note, and I'll put you in touch with the Library. 


Sean

Quick Announcement and Meeting Reminder

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, June 12th, 2017 @ 6:46pm

TRASH, 

Quick announcement: East End will be tapping the first keg of Rich Romanko's Munich Helles on Tuesday, June 20 at 5 pm at the brewery on Julius st.  Rich earned this pro-am with East End by winning the Turtle Creek award at the TRASH XXVII competition. Come on out, raise a pint or two and then take a growler home! 

Meeting Reminder: Our June meeting is coming up at Chris Meta's house.  Please RSVP for yourself and any guests either to the meeting invite on groupspaces or on Facebook (or both).  Chris puts out an awesome spread, but he needs to know how many mouths to feed.  Oh, and this meeting is family-friendly.

Cheers!


Sean


 

Calendar

October 2017
Sunday 22nd
12pm October 2017 Meeting - Brew Gentlemen
November 2017
Sunday 19th
2pm November 2017 Meeting - Leaning Cask Brewing
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Officers

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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