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TRASH XXVIII Competition Awards Ceremony

  • Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 10pm
    Location: Helicon Brewing - 102 Union Ave, Oakdale, PA 15071

    Following the conclusion of judging and tallying of…

    • 39 people attended

March Meeting - Country Wines

  • Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: Country Wines, 2300 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

    Our March meeting will be at Country Wines. Dues paid TRASH members can take advantage of their…

    • 13 people attended

TRASH XXVIII Competition filling up fast!

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Sunday, February 18th, 2018 @ 10:18am

Hey Brewers!

If you are planning to enter the TRASH XXVIII Homebrew Competition and have not yet registered your entries, do so fast because it's nearly full.  The competition is capped at 375 entries and as of the time I'm writing this we have received 316 entries.  Register at http://trashcompetition.org.

This year we limited it to 6 entries per brewer for the first week to allow everyone a chance to get some entries in and even still it's almost full already.  Next Saturday at 8:00 AM we'll raise the per-brewer limit to 12 but the competition might be full by then.  Be sure to get your entries in before we allow others to go back for seconds!

Cheers,
  The TRASH Officers

Meeting Reminder – Competition Entries – NHC Judging

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, February 15th, 2018 @ 9:57am

TRASH,

Just a couple quick reminders and an announcement: 

Meeting this Saturday at Helicon in Oakdale at 2:00 pm.  Helicon’s happy hour is from 12:30 to 2:30 and PGH Taco Truck will also be on premises. So, feel free to show up early, enjoy happy hour and get some yummy food.  As always, bring homebrew.

Entry registration for the TRASH 28 competition open this Saturday at 8 AM.  Entries are initially capped at 6 per brewer.  This cap is raised to 12 after a week. 

NHC Indianapolis Judging will be Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14.  Fred Mullner is planning to travel to Indianapolis to judge.  If anyone else is interested in going, and wants to share a ride, please contact Fred at 
fred.mullner@gmail.com.

Cheers!

February Meeting - Helicon

  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: Helicon Brewing, 102 Union Ave, Oakdale, PA 15071

    Our February Meeting will be at Helicon in Oakdale on February 17,…

    • 2 people attended

TRASH XXVIII Competition - Judge / Steward Registration Now Open!

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 @ 12:53pm

Hey TRASH brewers!

This year's TRASH competition - TRASH XXVIII - is just around the corner.  It will be held on Saturday, April 7th at Helicon Brewing in Oakdale.

The competition web site is now live.  Participant registration is now open.  Please visit trashcompetition.org to sign up.  As always, pulling this off is a large feat that can't be done without your help.  This is a call to arms for all available judges & stewards.  Please help us out on April 7th!

If you have never judged or stewarded a homebrew competition and don't know where to begin, don't hesitate to ask.  Send an email to officers@trashhomebrewers.org and we'll go over the details.  Or, better yet, come to a TRASH meeting and talk with fellow homebrewers about what goes on at a competition.  It's a great time!

Entry registration will open on Saturday, February 17th at 8:00 AM and will run through Friday, March 16th at 7:00 PM.  The competition will be limited to 375 entries total.  Participants will be limited to six (6) entries during the first week of registration.  The per-entrant cap will be raised to twelve (12) entries on Saturday, February 24th at 8:00 AM.  This is to allow everyone ample time to get some entries in before it fills up.

Finally, we are proud to announce that TRASH XXVIII will be a participating competition in the inaugural North Appalachian Homebrewing Championship.  More details coming soon...

Beerland on Vice is looking for homebrewers

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Saturday, January 13th, 2018 @ 8:43pm

Hey TRASH brewers.  Have you seen that show called Beerland on Vice?  They're looking for Pittsburgh-area homebrewers to include in the next season of the show.  If you're interested, you can contact Tina, the casting producer, directly.  The email we received from her follows.

Cheers,
  TRASH Officers

 

Hi TRASH Homebrewers,

My name is Tina, and I'm a producer at VICELAND, Vice Media's television network. We are gearing up for the third season of Beerland, a homebrew competition show hosted by Meg Gill of Golden Road Brewery. The series dives into different craft beer communities to feature fascinating homebrewers and the brews they make.

I'm reaching out because we're headed to the Pittsburgh area in March, and we're looking for homebrewers in the area to feature in our show (particularly homebrewers around 25-35 years old - but casting is open to all ages!). If chosen, participants have the opportunity to win $10,000 and their beer packaged and distributed by Golden Road in Los Angeles. 

Our series showcases different homebrewers from all walks of life who are passionate about not only the beer they make but the community they share it with. We’re very interested in finding diverse and unique people, as well as fun, visual places where they share their beer.

We'd love to involve some TRASH Homebrewers! If anyone is interested in the opportunity, please have them fill out this short questionnaire below, and email it back to me in order to be considered:

Name, Age

Photo

Occupation

City, State

Years brewing?

Why do you brew?

What brews might you have ready in March?

Any unique ingredients or brew techniques?

Where do you DRINK your brew? Unique locations/events/gatherings etc?

What makes you YOU? What other hobbies outside of beer, lively activities you do (that you might bring a beer to!)

How has homebrewing impacted your life/family/community?

Please feel free to pass my information along to anyone who might be interested or reach out if you have any questions!


Thank you for your time,

Tina Logie


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Tina Logie

Casting Producer

Click Here to Watch Beerland

(C) 917.306.5674

January Meeting

  • Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: Mindful Brewing Company, 3759 Library Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15234

    Come on out to Mindful Brewing Company for the January TRASH meeting.  As always, bring…

    • 12 people attended

TRASH News and Announcements

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 @ 7:23pm

Hi TRASH, 

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a good holiday season.  My gift to you was a lack of mass emails.  I hope you appreciated it.   

Dues are Due
It's the new year, so it's a new membership year.  $15/individual or $20/household.  Dues paid gets you access to club-only events, like the annual cider buy, and gets you a discount at South Hills Brewing and Country Wines. Please pay your dues online at http://trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/  or track Paul down at a meeting.

Next Meeting:
Saturday January 20th at 12 Noon at Mindful Brewing in the South Hills.  Be on the lookout for an invitation.

TRASH Competition
The TRASH XXVIII homebrew competition will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018.   Stay tuned at http://trashcompetition.org/   The competition is TRASH's big event each year, and there's a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into it.   Fortunately, we have a great crew of people, although we're always looking for more help.   If you're willing and able to help out, please contact me or one of the other officers.

Rhapsody in Brew
Rhapsody in Brew is a home brew competition event to benefit the Edgewood Symphony.  Brewers will compete for home brew superiority while local favorite FlowerChild will be on tap to jam the night away! Food trucks will be on site too.  Event information: Saturday, February 10, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm.  More details and the brewer registration form can be found at http://edgewoodsymphony.org/support/rhapsodyinbrew/

North Hills Brew
The 2nd annual North Hills Brew Fest Saturday April 7th, 2018.  More details forthcoming.

Cheers!
Sean

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

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7pm September TRASH Meeting - East End Brewing
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Officers

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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