News and Announcements

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!) 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 and we'll respond with how to pay. All orders and payment must be received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 28th.


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.  



TRASH and Steel City Big Pour

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


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.


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 ( 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

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…

    • 4 people are attending

Reminder: Picnic This Weekend

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


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.

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. 

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.

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

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 - James Street

  • Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 3pm - 7pm
    Location: James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, 422 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Our Annual Holiday Party will be at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy on Sunday December…

    • 3 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…

    • 6 people are attending

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. …

    • 6 people are attending

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


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.  



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

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


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 

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.


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

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


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. 


Quick Announcement and Meeting Reminder

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


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.




Pouring Opportunity - September 8

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, June 12th, 2017 @ 6:20pm


There's a pouring opportunity coming up on September 8 with the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company's Freedom Fest.  The Brew Fest potion of the event is Friday night September 8 from 6-9 pm.  They are requesting 15 gallons per brewer (it's geared more towards probrew than homebrew), but they would accept less.  There is an application attached.



Volunteers Needed: Carnegie Science Center 21+ Science of Beer Night on July 28, 2017.

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, June 8th, 2017 @ 7:08pm


We've been contacted by the Carnegie Science Center.  They're looking for a person (or persons) to give demo and talk about the home brewing experience, or something along those lines.  Please see the email below for details.  If interested, please send me a note.   



From: (not verified)
Subject: Science of Beer Night: Carnegie Science Center


Hello Brew Masters,

The Carnegie Science Center is hosting its annual "21+ Science of Beer Night" on July 28, 2017. We would love for Trash Home Brewers to join us this year!

This event is part of our monthly 21+ Night series, when we open our doors after hours for adults to enjoy the Science Center with no kids. Join local breweries, craft beer enthusiasts, and science lovers for a fun filled night that includes live music, cash bars, and beer science. 
Every year we invite local breweries to offer samples, sell beer and get in on all the science of beer fun. We would love if you could participate this year. Below I have provided some basic information about participating in the event. 
What we would need from you:
Demonstrate the home brewing process and talk about the home brewing experience. We could also work together to create a science related demonstration or have you speak on our Science Stage. 
What we would provide: TRASH Home Brewers included in our marketing (Social Media, Press Release, etc)
Free Admission 
DATE: Friday, July 28, 2017
TIME: 6:00 - 10:00 pm *Set up can begin at 5:00 pm when the building closes to the public LOCATION: Carnegie Science Center
*Breweries will placed among our exhibits and can load/unload from our loading dock and use the freight elevator to access the appropriate floor. 
Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns. We can also schedule some time to speak over the phone or meet in person if needed.

We look forward to working with you!

Best Regards,

Lamont Craven
Visitor Engagement
Carnegie Science Center

Pouring Opportunity - October 6

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 @ 6:04pm


There is a pouring opportunity downtown in October.  TRASH folk have done this event in the past and  a good time was had by all.

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.


May Meeting Recap

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 @ 8:13pm

Big Thank you to East End for hosting us!

Another big Thank You to Mike Beattie for the tech talk on yeast handling.

Help Needed:

is anyone in the greater Fox Chapel Area willing to give a brief talk on homebrewing?  We’ve been contacted by the librarian there.  Please contact me or one of the other officers if interested


Upcoming Events/Meetings

Beer and Gear at Ohiopyle, June 17, Combo Beer fest and Camping, and perennially a good time.  There should still be a couple of slots. 1 keg/brewer.  John Rozborksi is the point man.  Please contact me or one of the other officers if interested


June Meeting - Saturday, June 24, 3p at Chris Meta’s House
Good Food, Good Friends, Good Beer, Good times.Family Friendly!

Mini-Competition: Our roughly quarterly mini-competition will be held at the June meeting. Bring your best Big Brew Styles from this year: American IPA, Saison, Oktoberfest/Maerzen


July Meeting - Saturday, July 22 at Hitchhiker’s New Location, Sharpsburg




July 2017 Meeting - Hitchhiker's New Digs

  • Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: 315 15th St. Sharpsburg, PA

    Our July Meeting will be at the new Hitchhiker Brewing Company location in Sharpsburg.…

    • 16 people attended

Reminder: Meeting this Sunday at East End at 12pm

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 @ 6:35pm


Just a reminder.  The May meeting will be this Sunday at East End Brewing on Julius Street.  The meeting starts at 12.  

Some notes:

Mike Beattie will be leading a discussion on Yeast Handling.   Yeast and its handling in the home brewery are always interesting subjects, and this discussion will be no exception.

East End will have swing-top bottles available for purchase. They have about a pallet of swing-tops bottles that want rid of.  I think these are the large 2-L swing tops that they used to package some beers in, and I also think that some take crown caps.  The price I was given is   
6-$10, 12-$16, 36-$21, and 48-$25. Larger quantities are also available if you are so inclined.  


Tech Talk on Yeast Handling: Volunteer Needed

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, April 27th, 2017 @ 7:52pm


We'd like to have a technical talk at one of the upcoming meetings.  We've had a request for a discussion on Yeast Handling. I'd like to one of you to volunteer to run it.   You don't need to be a microbiologist, and it doesn't need to be a formal presentation.  We just need someone to lead a friendly discussion about how you handle yeast in your brewery, invite others present to share what they do,  and then keep it more-or-less on topic.  

If you're interested, please reply to this email or send a note to  Thank you.




June 2017 Meeting - Chris Meta's House

  • Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 3pm - 6pm
    Location: 1501 Oakwood Dr, Mt Lebanon, 15234

    For our June 2017 meeting we'll be returning once…

    • 22 people attended


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12pm July 2017 Meeting - Hitchhiker's New Digs
August 2017
Saturday 5th
12pm TRASH Picnic / August Meeting
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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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