News and Announcements

July Meeting - TechShop Pittsburgh

  • Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: TechShop Pittsburgh; 192 Bakery Square Blvd; Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    We first bumped into some of the people behind TechShop Pittsburgh during Pittsburgh Craft Beer…

Brewers Needed - Beer and Gear Festival

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Monday, June 9th, 2014 @ 7:57am

The Wilderness Voyagers outfitters in Ohiopyle, PA have been sponsoring one of the more laid back beer festivals of the area for the past couple of years now. The club has been invited back for another year, and Gregor has offered to organize the group's involvement. He has a few interested members signed up to bring a keg, but still has two open seats for club members willing to bring a keg for the event.

Some Details
- Beer and Gear Festival
- Saturday June 21, 2014 (3:30 - 7:00pm)
- Wilderness Voyagers (map)

If you're interested in bringing a keg or have any questions about participation, please
contact Gregor for details. If you have trouble reaching him through that form, feel free to respond to this message, and I'll make sure it gets to the right place.

Note that the event takes place outdoors, and includes a number of excellent breweries from around the area. If we have enough people going, there should be plenty of time to take turns checking out some of the other beer. Note that the event is one week after the National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, so participating in that event certainly doesn't preclude your involvement.

June Club Meeting - Chris Meta's

  • Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at 2pm - 4:30pm
    Location: Chris Meta's; 1501 Oakwood Dr, Mt Lebanon, 15234

    For our June club meeting, Chris Meta has offered to continue his tradition of hosting a summer…

    • 5 people attended

April Club Meeting - MoreBeer

Posted by Mike Beattie, Saturday, April 5th, 2014 @ 7:59pm

  • It's time for our April club meeting! This time, we're headed to the MoreBeer Distribution Center in Ambridge, PA. If you've been brewing for very long, then you know that MoreBeer is an exccellent resource for just about any homebrew supply you might be looking for. We'll be heading out to their East Coast distribution center, holding our typical meeting, and touring the facility while we're there.

    April Club Meeting
    MoreBeer East Coast Distribution Center
    200 1st Street; Ambridge, PA (map)
    April 12, 2014 @ 2:00pm (rsvp)

    If you're interested in getting more detailed feedback for any of your homebrew, you're welcome to register your bottles ahead of time using Andy Weigel's site. Bring your registered and labeled bottle to the meeting, and plan on taking home someone else's bottle for a BJCP-style review.

    For additional details and to RSVP, visit the event page.

April Club Meeting - MoreBeer

  • Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: MoreBeer Distribution Center; 200 1st St; Ambridge, PA 15003

    For our April meeting, we're headed back to the MoreBeer Distribution Center in Ambridge, PA.…

    • 6 people attended

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014 Pour Opportunities

Posted by Andy Kwiatkowski, Friday, March 28th, 2014 @ 5:29pm

  • Do you have kegs and would like to share your beer with other beer lovers during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week?  Now is your chance, currently we have two opportunties to repersent TRASH and homebrewing during PCBW.  Below will outline the two events, if interested in pouring please email for additional details.  Make sure to read all of the details below, especially Beer Barge 2.

    Commonwealth Press Beer Barge 2: Friday April 25th, 2014 7PM-10PM on the Gateway Clipper boarding at Station Square.  Two Clippers will be attached together and it will be one hell of a beer fest.  This is PCBW's kick off event so it'll be a really good time.  More info at

    • Active TRASH Member
    • Ability to supply at least 3 kegs containing more than 3 gallons of beer each.  If you've seen us at our beer fests we change beer every hour. You must be able to do so.
    • You must be able to make load in. Last year load in to the Clipper had to be completed by 4PM, this year may be different.  This will be an even bigger event and load in rules may change but please keep this in mind. We don't have any confirmation of this but if you work it might be wise to call off or use a half day.

    Commonwealth Press T Shirt Show:  Thursday May 1st @ 6PM(Subject to change, maybe 7PM) at Commonwealth's Warehouse next to the Brimingham Bridge in the Southside.   This is where local screen printers and artists show off their work and you pour beer for the attendees.  This is a personal favorite event and is a good time, should wrap up around 10PM.

    • Active TRASH member
    • Ability to bring beer, doesn't matter if bottled or kegged, just bring a case worth to share.

    Check back for here as events are still being finalized and more may crop up.  Release the Firkins this year is being limited to competition winners to avoid confusion in the voting process for Best Firkin.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week: Time to Get Ready

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Thursday, March 13th, 2014 @ 12:48am

In a little over a month, we'll be celebrating the 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. In previous years, the club has participated in several different events over the course of the week. We've hosted brewing demos, participated in beer festivals, and promoted homebrewing in whatever other forums we can.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (PCBW)
April 25 through May 4, 2014

Last year, we were invited to more events than we have homebrew or members to support. In other words, there is plenty of room for additional participation. If you're interested in contributing a keg, now is the time to start brewing!

We'll send out more email later this month as specific opportunities start to appear. If you have any questions or are interested in particular events, feel free to respond to this message.

March Club Meeting: Independent Brewing Company

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 @ 11:07pm

It's time to get ready for our March club meeting! This time, we're headed to a brand new craft beer bar in Squirrel Hill: Independent Brewing Company. They don't brew their own beer, but they do offer one of the best selections of local beers in the city. The owners are homebrewers themselves and big supporters of the local beer community, which makes this bar a great destination for the club.

March Club Meeting
Indepdendent Brewing Company (Squirrel Hill)
Sunday, March 30 @ 2:00pm

For details and to RSVP, visit the club's web site:

I'll see you guys in a few weeks!


March Club Meeting

  • Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 2pm - 4:30pm
    Location: Independent Brewing Company; 1704 Shady Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA 15217

    For our March club meeting (the real one), we'll be headed to Independent Brewing Company in…

    • 9 people attended

"February" Monthly Meeting

  • Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Full Pint Brewing Company; 1963 Lincoln Highway; North Versailles, PA 15137

    For the club's "February" meeting, we'll be making our way over to Full Pint Brewing Company in…

    • 20 people attended

January Monthly Meeting

  • Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: Hop Farm Brewing Company 5601 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201

    Our first meeting of the year is set! It will be held at Pittsburgh's newest brewery Hop Farm…

    • 13 people attended

SODZ British Beerfest

  • Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 9am
    Location: Seventh Son Brewing Company

    The SODZ homebrew club is sponsoring their 11th Annual British Beerfest in February.…

The Club's Annual Holiday Party

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Sunday, December 1st, 2013 @ 2:01am

It's time to get ready for this year's holiday party! This year, we're releasing the holiday party along side our new web site to give memberrs an opportunity to join the new web site and use it to RSVP for the party. The event is schedule for Sunday, December 8 at Bocktown Monaca. There's a Steeler's game at 1:00pm that day, so you're more than welcome to head over to Bocktown a little early to watch the game or stroll in a little late once the game comes to an end.

RSVP Today! Visit the event page now, and buy your ticket to the event!

We're hoping to serve dinner at 4:30pm, which should give you just enough time to drag over a keg or a growler and share a few homebrews (and commercial beers) with your fellow homebrewers. Dinner will be served buffett style by Bocktown and will include a vegetarian option for those who are looking for such an option.


The Club's New Web Site

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Sunday, December 1st, 2013 @ 12:59am

The club is long overdue for a refresh to our web site. Our previous site has served us well for several years, but you'll notice that we've started to rely on multiple incompatible services for managing member lists (Excel), email lists (Google Groups), event signups (Anyvite), and other aspects of the club's operation. That layout has introduced extra fees when charging for events, confusion with respect to who has paid for their membership, and unnecessary complexity in managing various concepts of what constitutes membership. Starting next year, we're transitioning to a host that helps us manage nearly all aspects of the club in one place.

The new web site provides a single platform to manage membership lists, collect dues, manage event RSVPs, and more. This new platform isn't free, but the officers believe that the improvements in our ability to collect dues will more than pay for the cost of the site. We also believe that shifting to a central provider for nearly all of our needs will streamline the management of the club for current and future officers.

Right now, the new site is listed under a subdomain under our new host ( In the comming weeks, the new site will completely replace the group's current site, and the domain will point directly to the new site.

Best of Show Beer on tap at Church Brew Works

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Saturday, November 30th, 2013 @ 8:45pm

The Best of Show winner from this year's TRASH competition was a style that you wouldn't typically expect a commercial brewery to scale up. Rob Withee's "Black n' Brett" is an American Stout fermented entirely with Brett Brux. It ranked first in Category 23 in this year's competition, and was named best of show by our panel of second round judges. Bottom line: it was an exceptional beer. The problem is: it's not the kind of beer that a brewery can turn around in a matter of weeks. We never expected that it would be scaled up by one of our local breweries, but Matt Moninger (second round judge and head brewer at Church Brew Works) put out the offer. He was willing to work with Rob and scale up Black N' Brett on the Church Brew Works system.

Earlier this year, Rob and Matt got together for the "Black n' Brett" brew day, and from there we all waited. Now, several months later, the beer has finished aging and is ready to go. It went on tap at Church Brew Works last week and is likely to stick around for another month.

Show your support for the club and make your way over to CBW to give Rob's beer a try! Better yet, check in to his beer on Untappd.


TRASH Holiday Party

  • Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 4pm - 7pm
    Location: Bocktown Monaca

    The time for the club's annual Holiday Party is here! For this year's event, we're holidng the…


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President: Sean Kinnas
VP: Alex Szokolyai
Treasurer: Paul Fisher
Secretary: Daren Szakelyhidi
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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