Good evening, homebrewers!
It's been a while since we've been in touch, so while we axiously await the upcoming meeting at Helicon on Sunday the 25th here are some tidbits about the club's wheelings and/or dealings.
Get your cider orders in! As of now we only have about 60 gallons of cider ordered. That's not enough for us to keep this event on the calendar. Last year we ordered 300 gallons. If you want cider but haven't ordered it yet, let us know now! Just email us at email@example.com and we'll reply with how to pay for it. It's $4/gallon. All orders and payment MUST be in by 8:00 PM next Thursday, September 22nd. But go ahead and order now so we stop thinking nobody's interested. Full details:
Helicon Meeting & Potluck Signup
It's finally here! Just twelve days to go until we meet at the long-awaited Helicon Brewing on Sunday, September 25th at 3:00 PM! Remember - this is our Oktoberfest meeting this year and we're doing the food potluck style. Please sign up to bring something on the TRASH forum. Full details:
Mini Competition & Bread Beer Competition
Don't forget our quarterly mini competition for October is coming up on October 23rd at the Grist House meeting. As was announced at the Summer picnic the "style" for this quarter will be "fall" beers. Anything that seems to fit the season is open here. Pumpkin spice, brown ale, porter, dark IPA, wet hop IPA, Oktoberfest, etc. If you can make an argument for it being a fall beer, it's acceptable. Be sure to bring a growler or a few bottles of your entry so everyone gets to taste it before voting.
Also, if you took bread at the picnic to brew a beer for the throw-down Malcolm organized with 412 Food Rescule, bring the beer you brewed with it to the October meeting. Malcolm and others will be judging the entries that day.
Beer & Sweat
If you didn't hear, TRASH cleaned up at Beer & Sweat in Cincinnati last month. Many club members won medals - nearly every one that entered - enough so that the club won the King Swanky award for most points won by a homebrew club. We beat the hosting club. We also brough home the Best of Show award again this year - this time Malcolm took the honor. He also won the Bosmo award given to the individual brewer who racks up the most points! Beyond all the hardwar that was won, everyone had a most excellent time. Congrats to everyone that entered, and we hope to see even more TRASH brewers there next year!
Another Steel City Big Pour has come and gone. We'd like to extend a huge thanks to all TRASH members that donated their beer & time to serve at the club booth. The TRASH booth is alwasy one of the most popular, busiest, and most talked-about booth at the event. This has everything to do with the quality and diversity of beer we bring year after year. If you haven't poured your beer at the Big Pour before, consider planning to have a few kegs of beer ready for next year. Ask anyone who's done it - it's an amazing, exhausting, rewarding experience.
Brewing Up a Cure
TRUB, the Three Rivers Underground Brewers, will be hosting their 10th annual Brewing Up A Cure on Saturday, October 15th. This is a great event - a beer fest like no other. It's mostly homebrew with a smattering of local craft breweries, meadmakers, and spirits makers. Everyone brings their best to the event. Ticket sales over the past nine years have allowed TRUB to donate just shy of $250,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! TRASH will once again have a table there this year. We're not looking for pourers at this time; we already have two volunteers. But TRUB needs event volunteers. If you'd like to help out, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put you in contact. Of if you'd like to attend, tickets are on sale now and selling fast. Get them here:
Please share the details of this event with anyone you know that loves beer and would like to support a worthy cause.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
September 25th - Club Meeting - 3:00 PM - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale
October 1st - Cider Bulk Buy Pickup - 8:00 AM - Soergel Orchards - Wexford
October 15th - Brewing Up A Cure - 6:00 PM - PPG Winter Garden - Downtown
October 23rd - Club Meeting - 12:00 PM - Grist House Craft Brewery - Millvale
November 6th - PGH Brewtal Beer Fest - Spirit - Lawrenceville
November 20th - Club Meeting - 12:00 PM - Dancing Gnome Beer - Sharpsburg
December 10th - Club Meeting / Holiday Party - 5:00 PM - James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy - North Side
Invite Coming Soon!
Good morning TRASH brewers,
This week we were approached by the organizers of a couple of events who asked if we'd be interested in pouring our homebrew there. If you like serving your homebrew to the public, consider signing up for one of these.
GTECH Entrepreneurial Spirits
This event is on September 17th from 6-9pm. Below are the details they sent to us. If you are interested, we need to let them know by next Tuesday, August 23rd. We would need two brewers with at least one full keg each to pour at the even. Email us here if you'd like to pour at this one.
The community development nonprofit GTECH Strategies is throwing a fundraiser called GTECH's Entrepreneurial Spirits that celebrates GTECH's innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in transforming vacant lots into urban green spaces and gardens. The event is on Saturday, September 17th from 6 pm - 9 pm at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse. All of the food and libations being offered have their own innovative twist. Wigle will be offering tastings and talking about their innovative flavors and process.
We are setting up stations to creatively feature projects, partners, and talk about innovations they have achieved. We would love to feature TRASH by having some members offer tasting samples of experimental brews at the event. I believe that your focus on community and supporting local economies with TRASH compliments the work ofGTECH.
As a partner offer tasting samples at the event we would be happy to include TRASH's logo on event promotions, promote membership to TRASH through the events, and offer some free tickets and generous discounts to TRASH Members to party with us.
Nemacolin Brews & Brats
Saturday, October 8th from 12-4 at Nemacolin Woodlands resort. To participate we need at least two brewers with two kegs each. I don't know yet if there is a limit on how many people we can have there. In the past they offered a free night's stay at Nemacolin to all who volunteered. We have asked if this offer is still part of the deal and will let anyone interested know as soon as I find out. If you're interested, let us know.
The summer picnic / potluck / swap meet / raffle is in less than two weeks! We have a few notes to share about it:
Pat & Malcolm are interested in organizing a low country boil at the picnic. Shrimp, corn, potatoes, sausage, etc. They figure it will cost about $15/person for those who want to get in on it. They'll do the organizing, you just need to let them know if you're interested by this Friday, August 6th so they have time to prepare. They could get mussels and clams, too, if there's enough interest. If you want in, please let us know asap and we'll forward it along to Pat & Malcolm.
The rest of the food will be handled potluck style. In the past we provided hamburgers & hot dogs, but they ended up not getting cooked or eaten because there was so much potluck food available. Please visit the club web site and sign up to say what you're bringing:
Looking to buy, sell, or trade homebrewing gear? Bring it to the picnic and join the swap meet. Bring cash if you're looking to buy stuff. If you have stuff to sell, post it on the club forum to build interest in your stuff:
The remaining prizes that went unclaimed at the TRASH XXVI homebrew competition will be raffled off at the picnic. Bring cash!
Be sure to bring plenty of homebrew! If you bring kegs, your beer will be eligible to win the coveted TRASHY award - given to the crowd-chosen best kegged beer. Please don't bring glass bottles; they're forbidden in the county parks. Soda bottles make excellent growlers, and 20 ounce soda bottles are great for bottle conditioning beer.
See you on the 13th!
Hey TRASH brewers,
A couple months ago club member Chris Staub won Best of Show and the East End Sessionable Award at the TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition with his Kentucky Common called "Five Teeth Short of a Smile." He got to scale his recipe up and brew it at EEBC, and the first keg will be tapped tomorrow night at the brewery on Julius Street. Why not head on out to East End to toast Chris and enjoy his delicious beer?
Also, there will be another celebration of Chris's beer this Saturday evening, July 30th at EEBC's new tap room in the Strip District. If you've been wanting to check out the new place, what better time than when a TRASH beer will be on tap?
Be sure to get this beer while it's available at either location, and look for it at EEBC accounts around town.
PS> Don't forget to sign up for the summer picnic potluck! It's just over two weeks away... And be sure to post what you're bringing for the swap meet as well. Sign up here:
Hey TRASH brewers!
Just a reminder that there's a TRASH meeting this Saturday at noon at the new Allegheny City Brewing Co. on the North Side. We hope to see you there. Full meeting details:
The folks at Allegheny City are graciously hosting us even though they're not fully up to production yet. They're making beer, but unfortunately (for us, that is) they managed to sell out and won't have any on tap this weekend. But luckily we're a homebrew club and we know how to make beer! They're still excited to host us and show off their new place, so don't let that stop you from coming out! Just bring plenty of homebrew to pass around. They're still looking forward to meeting all of us, and we'll be sure to schedule another meeting at ACBC after they're up and running at full production.
Also, remember there's a quarterly mini competition at this meeting. Two, actually: cider and beer brewed at the Big Brew a couple months ago. The winners of each category (voted on by those in attendance) will recieve $25 in South Hills Brewing Supply gift certificates and a bottle of Star-San. Bring out your best cider and your Big Brew beers!
Good evening, TRASH brewers! Just a few more bits of club business for you on a beautiful Wednesday evening...
Competition Prizes - Last Call!
If you won any medals at TRASH XXVI in April but weren't there at the awards banquet to pick up your prizes, you have one more chance to claim your goods - at the TRASH meeting this Saturday. Please RSVP if you're coming, and you aim to pick up your prizes you must email us to let us know to bring them. There are quite a few prizes remaining, so take a look at the attached PDF to see what you're missing out on if you haven't claimed yours. All unclaimed prizes will be returned to the club's prize kitty after this weekend, and many of them will be raffled off at the summer picnic in August.
And thanks once more to all our amazing donors & sponsors who contributed all these prizes for the competiton!
Speaking of the picnic, be sure to RSVP and sign up for the potluck, then come out for good food, plenty of homebrew, the swap meet, and to enter the raffle!
Quarterly Mini Competition at July Meeting
We forgot to include information about the quarterly mini competition to be held at the July Meeting at Allegheny City Brewing Co. in the meeting invite. The mini competition this time around will be open to cider and Big Brew Beer. Bring out your best hard cider and bring the beer you brewed at the Big Brew at MoreBeer back in May. Prizes will go to the winner (based on popular vote) of the best cider and the best beer. As always, you must be a dues-paid TRASH member to participate in the mini-competition. You can RSVP for the July meeting here:
The Birds & the Beers
The folks at the soon-to-open War Streets Brewery on the North Side asked us to share the details of an upcoming festival they'll be at along with several other local breweries - all of whom are good friends to TRASH. If you're looking for a great way to kick off you holiday weekend next Friday, here you go!
Assitant Brewer Wanted at ShuBrew
ShuBrew in Zielienople is looking for a full-time assistant brewer. Many local brewers have come out of the TRASH homebrew club. Will you be the next?
"We are looking for someone with brewing experience and a vast knowledge of the brewing process. Seeking the best overall candidate, so professional brewing experience is not necessarily required. Tasks would include: assisting with daily brewing operations, keg cleaning/filling, quality control, yeast propagation, inventory, brewhouse maintenance and upkeep, etc. In addition to brewing qualifications, we would prefer someone that is crafty in other areas as well; this too is not a requirement. e.g. carpentry, plumbing, basic electrical, etc. Please feel free to apply if you meet any or all of these qualifications. This is a full-time position.
Please stop in for an application, or email your resume to email@example.com"
See you Saturday at Chris's house!
It's been a while since we've been in touch, so we figured we should send out some updates & reminders.
June Meeting - Please RSVP
First, don't forget our June meeting is in a little over a week - Saturday, June 25th at 4:00 PM. If you're coming, PLEASE RSVP on the event page on our web site or on facebook. We want to get an accurate head count so Chris knows how much food to make. If you're on the fence about going, just go. It's always an awesome meeting at a relaxed location with lots of great beer & food. Chris provides the food, it's up to all of us to provide the beer. Luckily we all know some people that make beer! RSVP at one of these links:
Bulk Honey Buy
One of our members has a contact with an apiary where we can get local honey in bulk. The price would be about $3.50 per pound. We might be interested in putting together a bulk honey buy for dues-paid TRASH members but we would like to find a motivated club member who knows a thing or two about honey to lead the charge - taking orders and organizing payment, setting pickup date, etc. If you're intersted in organizing the bulk buy, please let us know. Furthermore, if you're interesting in getting in on the bulk buy but not in organizing it, also let us know - it would be good to know how much interest there is in this.
August Picnic - Sign up for the Potluck!
It's still a couple months off, but hopefully you're thinking about the summer picnic at North Park on August 13th! Like last year we're going to do food potluck style. Everyone brought so much great food & beer last year, we want to keep that tradition going. Full details & a link to sign up for the potluck can be found here:
And don't forget we'll be having a homebrewing-themed swap meet at the picnic! If you have any gear you're looking to sell, bring it out and show it off. And be sure to bring cash, because you know you'll spot something you want to take home with you.
Also, the TRASHY award will be returning this year. This award is given to the best beer available in a keg at the picnic, as voted by those in attendance. Attached to this email is a scan of the original description of the TRASHY award from it's first year - written by Terry and recently uncovered & passed along to us by Ed. Bring your kegs and attempt to get your name on the trophy alongside some icons of Pittsburgh homebrewing. This is much more illustrious than any old Stanley Cup.
It's getting closer & closer to that time - nominations for our next club president & treasurer are due no later than the October meeting. Elections will be held in November. That's still a season and a half away, but if you are at all interested in helping to keep our awesome club rolling, please consider taking on one of these roles. If you're a financially-minded person, we'd love it if you're donate some time to serving as the club treasurer. If you're good at organizing meetings & events, you'd make a great president - because most of what the president does is make sure we have somewhere to meet each month and make sure everyone knows when & where that meeting is.
Meetings & Events
Saturday, June 25th, 4:00 PM - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon
Saturday, July 23rd, 12:00 - Allegheny City Brewing Co. - North Side
Saturday, August 13th, 2:00 PM - Summer Picnic - North Park
Saturday, August 20th - Beer & Sweat - Cincinnati, OH
~~ A super fun weekend homebrewing getaway! ~~
Unfortunately we won't be able to have our traditional Oktoberfest meeting this year, but we're working on setting up a replacement that should make everyone happy. We hope to have the date, time, location nailed down and announced in the next month or so.
Hey TRASH members,
It's been a while since we've poured our beer under the TRASH banner at any festivals or events. As we get in to the summer festival season we'll be adding opportunities for you to serve your beer to the thirsty crowds. We're signed up for two already. If you want to pour at either of these, please get in touch with us to sign up!
Ohiopyle Beer and Gear - June 18th
We have been attending this event for years. We have a couple folks signed up already and have room for four more TRASH brewers to attend. The festival is on Saturday afternoon. Participants have the ability to camp on site for the weekend, and if you participate you get a pass to go whitewater rafting any time this summer.
10th Annual Steel City Big Pour - September 10th
This is the big one. We've been attending this festival for years, with a big TRASH booth right front & center of the festival. We typically have more people interested in pouring at this event than we have room for, so as always we may have to come up with some stipulations for how participants are chosen - usually it's based on the ability to provide a certain number of kegs for the event because we blow through a lot of beer at this one. We're still sorting out details, but if you'd like to be added to the list of potential participants let us know.
If there are other events that you would like to see TRASH at (and are interested in pouring your beer at), let us know and we can reach out to the organizers about getting added to their roster.
June 18th - Saturday - Beer and Gear - OhioPyle
June 25th - Saturday - TRASH Meeting - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon - 4:00 PM
July 23rd - Saturday - TRASH Meeting - Allegheny City Brewing - North Side - 12:00 PM
Invite coming soon!
August 13th - Saturday - TRASH Summer Picnic & Swap Meet - North Park - 2:00 PM
Invite coming soon!
August 20th - Saturday - Beer & Sweat - Cincinnati
Many club members make the trek to Cincy every August for this. Add it to your to-do list!
September 10th - Steel City Big Pour - Construction Junction
The TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition was all filled up for the past few weeks, but today five spots opened up as a couple people deleted entries they're not going to use. If you want to get a beer or five into the competition, now's your chance! Registration closes at 7:00 PM tomorrow, so you'll have to get your beers entered, paid for, and dropped off at one of the drop-off locations by then.