News and Announcements

Beer & Sweat Judge Registration Now Open

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Thursday, June 18th, 2015 @ 9:32pm

TRASH Brewers,

We received the email from the organizers of Beer & Sweat - the annual keg-only competition in Cincinnati - to let us know judge and steward registration is now open!  The competition takes place on Saturday, August 22nd this year.  General registration for entering your beers into the competition will open on July 8th.  Hotel group rate information will be posted in the coming weeks.  You.  Should.  Go.

Register here:  http://beerandsweat.brewcomp.com/

What is Beer & Sweat?  Well, here's a short video that paints a very clear picture:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MXej7eSRUo

For most of us, the weekend goes like this:

Friday: Drive to Cincinnati.  It's about 5 hours from Pittsburgh.  Check in to hotel, drop kegs off in refrigerated truck, go out and enjoy the city's craft beer scene.  Turn in kind of early because Saturday is a long day.

Saturday morning: Retrieve kegs from refer truck, set them up at our assigned tap locations.  Make sure they're pressurized correctly and pouring right.  Go get breakfast.  Once the kegs are set up, you're no longer allowed in the keg room

Saturday, noon: Judge or steward a flight of beer.  You're done by 3:00 or so.

Saturday, 5:00: The doors to the keg room open back up to judges, volunteers, BBL club members, and their guests.  Dinner is provided for volunteers.

Saturday, 7:30ish: The awards presentation begins.  TRASH wins a bunch of medals.  But not as many as we'd like.  We need you and your beer to be there!

After the awards are over, the party continues.  Remember, there are about 350 kegs of homebrew in a banquet hall with as many people.  Do the math.  Things start to get a little blurry at this point, but it's OK because you're staying in the hotel.  And because it's a bunch of homebrewers and their guests, eveyrone stays civil and has a great time.  The party is usually still going well into the wee hours of Sunday.

Sunday: wake up (eventually), check out, drive back to Pgh.  Look forward to next year.

Entering homebrew competitions isn't your thing?  No worries.  Don't look at this as just a competition.  Look at it as an amazingly fun homebrew event that happens to have a competition.  Go!

PS> Watch that video above.  There's an oscar-worthy scene from the TRASH guys in the category of best stupid faces while Keith is trying to talk.

TRASH News N'At

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 @ 10:15pm

Hi TRASH brewers,


Here is some club news & notes.

ByLaws Changes
As announced at the May meeting, a vote was held among those in attendance at the June meeting concerning two proposed changes to the club ByLaws.  Both measures passed unamimously.

  1. Staggering of Officer Terms - Starting this year, we will elect two officers per year instead of all four officers every other year.  Term length will remain two years.  It was stated that VP and Secretary will be elected on odd years, President and Treasurer on even years.  After the vote, several members suggested that it might be wise to elect president and VP together as often the current VP wishes to run for president at the end of the term.  If election of these two positions is staggered a VP would have to take a year off before running for president.  We will consider this before putting the change into effect.
  2. Membership Dues Grace Period - The grace period to pay dues after the new year has been reduced from three months to one month.  Membership technically expires on December 31st.  If you renew by January 31st, you will remain on the roster.  (Renewal opens on October 1st.  Any membership purchased in October through December is applied to the remainder of the current year and the full next year.)

Cider Press
Planning is underway for the club cider press event in late October or early November.  We would like to get an idea of how much interest there is in getting fresh-pressed cider to ferment.  The cost last time (2011) was about $4 per gallon.  Please let us know if this is something you'd be interested in.

Quarterly Mini Competition
Congratulations to Mike Beattie for brewing a Kolsch that was chosen by the crowd on hand at the June meeting to be the best Category 6 beer.  The next competition will be held at the September meeting and will be open to just about all moderate-strength German lagers and hybrid beers.  We'll be releasing an official list of styles soon, but if it's a German lager or an altbier it will probably be on the list.  Stronger lagers (Bock beers) and weizen-style ales will not be included in the competition.

Cooking with Hops Cookbook
The club was approached by the author of an upcoming cooking with hops cookbook, Hedonistic Hops.  It seems like a cool project, so we agreed to share the link to her kickstarter in exchange for a few copies of the book (if it gets funded) that we can give away to club members at a later date.  Have a look and if it seems like a project you can get behind, go ahead and pledge.

Homebrew Happy Hour
If you share the dream of so many homebrewers of one day going pro with your hobby, getting your homebrew into the glasses of the general public is a great way to build a name for yourself and get some instant feedback on how your recipes might do in the market.  To that end, we have another opportunity for you to pour!  The organizers of the Beers of the Burgh festival are once again organizing the Homebrew Happy Hour at Bayardstown Social Club in Lawrenceville.  This year it will be on Friday, July 31st from 6:00 - 10:00 PM.  There will be food trucks and live music.  Think of it as a homebrew mixer.  Guests will be encouraged to bring their own homebrew in bottles or growlers to share.  The homebrew clubs will act as a sort-of keystone of the event.  If you are interested in manning the TRASH booth and pouring some of your homebrew to the attendees, please let us know by this Friday.  We are looking to have at least two TRASH members sign up before we can commit to having a presence there.

Millvale Beer Fest
We have been approached by the organizers of the Millvale Beer Fest, being held this year on Saturday, August 8th, to pour our homebrew at the festival.  If you're intersted in pouring your homebrew, please get in touch with us.  We have not yet committed to club to be there.  We'll do so if the interest is there.  They are also looking for volunteers to pour commercial beer at the festival.  If that interestes you, let us know and we can get you signed up.

TRASH XXV Competition
The 25th edition of the annual TRASH homebrew competition date is set - Saturday, October 10th.  The location is nearly finalized and will be announced soon.  The decision on whether we'll be using the 2008 BJCP guidelines or the new 2015 ones will be made before registration opens up, which will likely happen some time in August.  We'd like to use the 2015 guidelines, but the competition organization software that we use is not yet updated to support them.  If support for the new guidelines arrives before we open registration, we'll go with it.  Get brewing!  Any beer you brew following the 2008 guidelines will slot in to the 2015 guidelines nicely.

Upcoming Meetings & Events
AHA Rally at The Brew Gentlement - June 20th, 1:00 PM - Braddock
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/970306

July Meeting - Brixton Brewing - July 26th, 2:00 PM - Rochester
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/983074

August Meeting - Summer picnic! - August 15th, 2:00 PM - North Park
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/983214

September Meeting - Oktoberfest! - September 12th, 2:00 PM - Ross Twp

October Meeting - Hitchhiker Brewing - October 25th, 12:00 PM - Mt. Lebanon

June TRASH meeting notes, call for volunteers

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Monday, June 1st, 2015 @ 8:44pm

TRASH brewers,


If you are coming to the meeting on June 13th at the Metas' house in Mt. Lebanon, please RSVP by this Friday, June 5th.  We'd like to have an accurate head count since food will be provided.  The meeting will be free for dues-paid members and $5 for guests.  Get full details and RSVP here:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/963032

Club ByLaws Changes
There will be a vote among the active members in attendance at the June meeting on two changes to the club bylaws that were proposed at the May meeting at Grist House.  If you want to have a say on these two changes, come to the June meeting:

  • Club Officer Terms: It is proposed to change the club officer terms such that they are staggered.  Currently all four officers are elected every two years.  Under the proposed change, the President and Treasurer will be elected on even years, and the Vice President and Secretary will be elected on even years.  This will allow for a smoother transition between officers with no chance of an entire new board being elected in any one year.
  • Membership Grace Period: It is proposed that the grace period to renew one's club dues be moved from March 31st to January 31st of the year following the year for which dues were paid.  The reason for the three month grace period was to allow members ample time to attend a meeting to renew dues.  We now accept payments online (in addition to at meetings), so a one month grace period is sufficient and helps significantly with club bookkeeping.

Volunteers Needed
We are still looking for volunteers to pour their volunteer or homebrew at some upcoming events.  Please volunteer if you're free and have the beer to donate.  We committed the club to pour at these events based on significant feedback we received from the members wanting to pour their beer at festivals.  Our attendance at future festivals/events will be based on how these ones go. 

  • There is one space remaining for the Chili Cookoff at Nemacolin on June 13th.  If you pour, you will receive a free-night's stay at a later date of your choosing.  Please contact us by this Friday, June 5th if you want to volunteer. Details: http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/982975
  • We need one or two more club members to volunteer to man the TRASH boot at the AHA Rally at The Brew Gentlemen in Braddock on June 20th.  You must be an AHA member (AHA rules).  You'll role will be to interact with rally attendees who are interested in joining the club, give our business cards, stickers, coozies, etc, answer questions about the club, and sign up new members if anyone is interested in joining on the spot.  Details: http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/970306
  • There are three spots remaining for the Beer & Gear festival at Ohiopyle on June 20th.  Please contact us by Friday, June 12th if you want to attend this festival and pour your homebrew.  Full details: http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/979792
  • Finally, we're looking for three more folks to pour their homebrew at the Sharp Edge Great Eurpoean Beer Fest on June 27th.  The TRASH table at the Sunday session is filled.  If you pour at this festival, you will receive a ticket to attend another session, or you can use it to have a friend attend the session you're pouring at.  The Sharp Edge wants our list of brewers and beers ASAP, so please RSVP by this Wednesday, June 3rd if you want to pour at this festival.  Full details: http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/982978

Upcoming Meetings & Events
June Meeting - June 13th, 4:00 PM - Chris Meta's House, Mt. Lebanon
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/963032
Mini Competition!  Light hybrid beer (Kolsch, Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, Wheat & Rye Beer)

AHA Rally - June 20th, 1:00 PM - Brew Gentlemen, Braddock
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/970306

July Meeting - July 26th, 2:00 PM
 - Brixton Brewing, Rochester
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/983074

August Meeting, Club Picnic - August 15th, 2:00 PM - North Park
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/983214

September Meeting, Oktoberfest! - September 20th, 2:00 PM - Armand Houle's House, Ross Twp

TRASH XXV - Competition - October 10th (tentative, but probable), location TBD

October Meeting - October 25th, 12:00 noon - Hitchhiker Brewing, Mt. Lebanon

Beer & Sweat - Cincinnati - Keg-Only Competition

  • Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 (all day)
    Location: 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd. Erlanger, KY 41018

    This is not a TRASH event, but if you're a TRASH brewer you should have it on your calendar.…

August 2015 TRASH Meeting - Summer Picnic at North Park

  • Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at 2pm - 11:59pm
    Location: Miller Shelter, North Park, Allegheny County, PA

    The club's 2015 Summer Picnic will be held at the Miller shelter on Pearce Mill Rd. near the…

    • 14 people attended

July 2015 TRASH Meeting - Brixton Brewing

  • Sunday, July 26th, 2015 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: Hollywood Gardens, 169 Pinney Street, Rochester, PA, 15074

    For the club's July 2015 meeting we'll be visiting the new Brixton Brewing located within the…

    • 3 people attended

TRASH at Sharp Edge Great European Beer Festival

  • Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 3pm - 5pm Sunday, June 28th
    Location: 302 South St. Clair Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    After a couple years absence, TRASH will be returning to the Sharp Edge Great European Beer…

TRASH at Nemacolin Five-Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cookoff

  • Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at 11am - 5pm
    Location: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

    TRASH has once again been invited to pour at the Five-Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cookoff at…

TRASH at Ohiopyle Beer and Gear (and other notes)

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, May 15th, 2015 @ 7:48am

Hey homebrwers!


TRASH has once again been invited to pour at the Beer and Gear festival in Ohiopyle State Park on Saturday, June 20th.  If you're a dues-paid member and you'd like to pour your homebrew at the TRASH booth, get in touch with us at officers@trashhomebrewers.org.  There are six pouring slots available.  You must bring two kegs of homebrew.  The festival is from 3:30 - 7:30 on Saturday, but the TRASH folks typically make a weekend of it, tent camping with the pro-brewers on (Friday and) Saturday night.  White water rafting is available on Sunday if that suits your fancy.

Meeting this Sunday
Don't forget we're meeting at Grist House this Sunday at 12:30.  Please get there on time, because we're starting the meeting right at 12:30 so we can wrap up before Grist House opens to the public at 2:00.  Come hear competition ringer and club VP Andy Weigel talk about brewing for competitions.  Bring homebrew to share.  As always, please show your support of these great places that host us by having a pint or two from the bar.  And come hungry & bring cash; Brassero Grill will be on site starting around 1:00.

Nemacolin Five-Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cookoff
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
http://www.nemacolin.com/chili-cookoff
We need just one more homebrewer with two full kegs each to round our our booth.  If you participate, in addition to getting to experience the chili festival you get a complimentary night's stay at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort at a later date of your choosing.  If you're interested, email us!

Sharp Edge Great European Beer Festival
Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th, 2015
http://sharpedgebeer.com/beer-festival
- There are three sessions: Saturday 3-6pm, Saturday 7-10pm, Sunday 2-5pm.  We need two brewers with two full kegs each for each session, for a total of six brewers.
- Want to participate but don't have beer available?  Sharp Edge is also looking for 6-8 volunteers per session to pour commercial beer at the event.  They'd love to have TRASH members volunteer for this because of our knowledge and love for beer.
- If you pour beer at a session (your homebrew or commercial beer at one of the other tables), you will receive a ticket to attend one of the other session as a guest. (Due to demand, the free ticket cannot be used for the Saturday 3-6 session.  It must be used for either the Saturday 7-10 or the Sunday 2-5 session.)
- If you're interested, email us
 Let us know which session you want to pour at, and if you want to pour your own homebrew or if you want to volunteer to pour commercial beer.  Also let us know which session you want your free ticket for (cannot be session 1).

South Hills Brewing and Country Wines Discount
Don't forget to stop by South Hills Brewing Supply or Country Wines to claim your TRASH member discount card.  10% off in-store purchases for dues-paid TRASH members.  Full details here:
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/emails/535957

Upcoming TRASH Meetings

May 17th - 12:30 PM - Grist House Brewing - Millvale, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/955193

June 13th - 4:00 PM - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/963032

July 26th - 2:00 PM - Brixton Brewing - Rochester, PA

August 15th (tentative) - TRASH Picnic, North Park

September 20th - 2:00 PM - TRASH Oktoberfest - Armand Houle's House - Ross Twp, PA

October 25th - 12:00 PM - Hitchhiker Brewing - Mt. Lebanon, PA



 

TRASH at Ohiopyle Beer and Gear

  • Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at 3:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: Ohiopyle State Park

    TRASH has once again been invited to pour at the Beer and Gear festival in Ohiopyle State…

Pour your homebrew at Nemacolin Chili Cookoff or Sharp Edge Festival!

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 @ 12:24pm

Hey TRASH brewers,

We have a couple more opportunities for you to pour your beer at public festivals.  If you are a 2015 dues-paid member and are interested in either of these, please get in touch with us straight away at officers@trashhomebrewers.org to sign up.

Nemacolin Five-Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cookoff
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
http://www.nemacolin.com/chili-cookoff
We need four homebrewers with two full kegs each to participate.  If you participate, in addition to getting to experience the chili festival you get a complimentary night's stay at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort at a later date of your choosing.

Sharp Edge Great European Beer Festival
Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th, 2015
http://sharpedgebeer.com/beer-festival
- There are three sessions: Saturday 3-6pm, Saturday 7-10pm, Sunday 2-5pm.  We need two brewers with two full kegs each for each session, for a total of six brewers.
- Want to participate but don't have beer available?  Sharp Edge is also looking for 6-8 volunteers to pour commercial beer at the event.  They'd love to have TRASH members volunteer for this because of our knowledge and love for beer.
- If you pour beer at a session (your homebrew or commercial beer at one of the other tables), you will receive a ticket to attend one of the other session as a guest. (Due to demand, the free ticket cannot be used for the Saturday 3-6 session.  It must be used for either the Saturday 7-10 or the Sunday 2-5 session.)


Food Vendor at the May Meeting
Come hungry and bring cash to our May meeting at Grist House in
 Millvale, for the delicious Brassero Grill will be on site starting around 1:00 serving up the grub.

Note the meeting starts at 12:30 PM sharp so we can be done with our business before they open to the public at 2:00.  Come learn about brewing beer for competitions - a presentation by club VP Andy Weigel.

If you plan to come, please RSVP to let us know:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/955193

South Hills Brewing and Country Wines Discount
Don't forget to stop by South Hills Brewing Supply or Country Wines to claim your TRASH member discount card.  10% off in-store purchases for dues-paid TRASH members.  Full details here:
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/emails/535957

Upcoming TRASH Meetings

May 17th - 12:30 PM - Grist House Brewing - Millvale, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/955193

June 13th - 4:00 PM - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/963032

July 26th - 2:00 PM - Brixton Brewing - Rochester, PA

August 15th (tentative) - TRASH Picnic, North Park

September 20th - 2:00 PM - TRASH Oktoberfest - Armand Houle's House - Ross Twp, PA

October 25th - 12:00 PM - Hitchhiker Brewing - Mt. Lebanon, PA

AHA offer for Big Brew participants - free Gordon Strong book

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 @ 3:14pm

Hey Big-Brewers,

The American Homebrewers Association is proud to partner with us for this weekend’s AHA Big Brew with TRASH & TRUB at MoreBeer\'s East Coast Distribution Center Big Brew Event. As part of the celebration, the AHA is offering a free copy of Brewing Better Beer: Master Lessons for Advanced Homebrewers by Gordon Strong to anyone joining the AHA through our Big Brew event. Follow this link to reveal the promo code, and join online at homebrewersassociation.org.

So if you're not an AHA member and you like getting good books for free, this is a good time to join!

See you Saturday.






 

AHA Rally at The Brew Gentlemen

  • Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at 1pm - 4pm
    Location: 512 Braddock Ave. Braddock, PA 15104

    The American Homebrewers Association and The Brew Gentlement have teamed up to organize an AHA…

TRASH at Beers of the Burgh

  • Saturday, May 16th, 2015 at 4pm - 8pm
    Location: 97 40th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201

    Going to Beers of the Burgh?  Be sure to check out the TRASH table to try some delicious…

TRASH News: SHBS Discount, June meeting date change, and more

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 @ 12:42pm

Hey Brewers, here's a roundup of TRASH related news and info for you.  In this email:

  • Big Brew this Saturday, 15% MoreBeer discount for participants
  • 10% Discount Card for TRASH members at South Hills Brewing Supply and Country Wines
  • June Meeting Date changed
  • AHA Rally at The Brew Gentlemen
  • TRASH members in the NHC Finals
  • Upcoming Meetings

AHA Big Brew with TRASH & TRUB

There's still time for you to sign up to participate in the Big Brew this Saturday at MoreBeer in Ambridge.  If you sign up, we'll send you a 15% off discount code for you to use on your ingredients (and anything else you want to buy) from MoreBeer.  Act Quick, the discount code expires on Friday, and you'll need to get your order in by 5:00 today to ensure it gets shipped out tomorrow and to your door by Friday.  Full details & registration:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/957752

TRASH Discount at South Hills Brewing Supply and Country Wines

South Hills Brewing Supply and Country Wines are now offering dues-paid TRASH Members 10% OFF!

Details:
To receive a discount card, simply visit South Hills Brewing Supply or Country Wines and ask for one.  Provide your name and they will verify you are a current TRASH member and your dues have been paid for 2015 via a roster we have already provided them.  Once verified, you will be given a discount card with an activation sticker.

From then on, present the card at time of purchase to get 10% off just about anything in the store.  They do reserve the right to make exclusions in some cases, but they said they don't foresee a lot of that. For instance, it is a good idea to ask about very large and/ or bulk purchases before attempting to receive a discount. The discount is good for in-store purchases only. For on-line purchases they already have the reward points system which essentially works as a discount.

The cards will be re-issued each year, when dues reset.

This is a great opportunity for both South Hills Brewing Supply and TRASH - we get a discount and they get more business from us.  They've been good to us over the years and this only furthers that.  Please thank them next time you're in and show them some support.

June TRASH Meeting Date Change

Please note that our June Meeting has been moved from June 20th to June 13th at 4:00 PM.  We did this because the American Homebrewers Association and The Brew Gentlemen organized an AHA Rally on June 20th.  We don't want to make you choose between the TRASH meeting and the Rally, so we moved the meeting.  Hey, we probably want to hit up both events ourselves.  Meeting details:

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/963032

AHA Rally at Brew Gentlemen

As mentioned above in the June Meeting date change note, the American Homebrewers Association and The Brew Gentlemen have teamed up to organize an AHA Rally on June 20th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.  We hope to see you there!

TRASH Members' Beer Headed to NHC Final Round in San Diego

The NHC First Round results are in, and by our count there will be 15 entries from TRASH members in the finals!  Congratulations to Jim Chaney*, Malcolm Frazer, Keith Kost*, Chris Marasti-Georg (and co-brewer Clark Brown), Mike Radford*, John Rozborski, Jack Smith (and co-brewers Gregor Bender, Malcolm Frazer, Brian Reed, Chip Walton, and Andy Weigel), Chris Staub, and Andy Weigel.  Good luck in the finals in San Diego in June!

* These guys did not list TRASH as their club, but we still love 'em.

Upcoming TRASH Meetings

May 17th - 12:30 PM - Grist House Brewing - Millvale, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/955193

June 13th - 4:00 PM - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon, PA
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/963032

July 26th - 2:00 PM - Brixton Brewing - Rochester, PA

August 15th (tentative) - TRASH Picnic, North Park

September 20th - 2:00 PM - TRASH Oktoberfest - Armand Houle's House - Ross Twp, PA

October 25th - 12:00 PM - Hitchhiker Brewing - Mt. Lebanon, PA














 

About tomorrow's meeting at EEBC

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, April 10th, 2015 @ 5:13pm

Hey homebrewers, a couple notes about tomorrow's meeting at East End Brewing Company:

  • 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.

Volunteers Needed!
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 officers@trashhomebrewers.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 officers@trashhomebrewers.org if you want the last spot.

See you tomorrow!

TRASH News: new website content, serving opportunities

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
  • Membership Dues
  • TRASH merchandise

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.

By-Laws

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/pages/by-laws
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.

Meeting Minutes

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/pages/minutes
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.

Survey Results

http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/pages/survey-results
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 officers@trashhomebrewers.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.

PghTee

http://pittsburghcraftbeerweek.com/events-calendar/events/tshirt-art-show/
Commonwealth Press will be holding their annual open house Tshirt art show, known at PghTee, on Thursday, April 23rd (three weeks from today) from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in Pittsburgh's South Side.  We would like to have four TRASH brewers present at this event, with at least one full keg each.  If you would like to participate, give us a holler.

Beers of the Burgh

http://beersoftheburgh.com/
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.

Sunday, May 17th, 12:30 PM - Grist House Brewing - Millvale
http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/955193

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.

Membership Dues
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.

Cheers!



 

June 2015 TRASH Meeting - Chris Meta's House

  • Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at 4pm
    Location: 1501 Oakwood Dr, Mt Lebanon, 15234

    For the club's June 2015 meeting, we will be taking a break from visiting breweries &…

    • 10 people attended

AHA Big Brew at MoreBeer with TRASH & TRUB

  • Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at 9am - 6pm
    Location: 200 1st St; Ambridge, PA 15003

    Brewers!  TRASH Members!  TRUB Members!  AHA Memebers!  Bring your brewing equipment out to…

    • 30 people attended

May 2015 Club Meeting - Grist House Brewing

  • Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at 12:30pm - 3:30pm
    Location: 10 E Sherman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

    For the club's May 2015 meeting we will be visiting Grist House Brewing in Millvale on Sunday,…

    • 8 people attended

Calendar

February 2017
Sunday 19th
12pm February 2017 Meeting - A&M Wine Supply
March 2017
Sunday 19th
12pm March 2017 Meeting - Southern Tier
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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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