News and Announcements

August 2016 TRASH Meeting - Summer Picnic & Swap Meet!

  • Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at 2pm
    Location: Moon Shelter, Old Ingomar Rd., North Park, Allegheny County, PA

    The club's 2016 Summer Picnic will be held at the Moon shelter on Old Ingomar Rd. in North Park…

    • 9 people attended

July 2016 TRASH Meeting - Allegheny City Brewing

  • Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: Allegheny City Brewing - 507 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    For the club's July 2016 meeting we will be checking out the brand-new Allegheny City Brewing…

    • 9 people attended

Upcoming Pouring Opportunities with TRASH

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Thursday, May 19th, 2016 @ 12:14pm

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.

Other Events
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.

Club Calendar
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


June 2016 TRASH Meeting - Chris Meta's House

  • Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at 4pm
    Location: 1501 Oakwood Dr, Mt Lebanon, 15234

    For our June 2016 meeting we'll be returning once again to the home of club member and sour…

    • 11 people attended

Tapping the Cask: 2015 EEBC Sessionable Award Winning Beer

  • Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 6pm
    Location: East End Brewing Brewpub - 147 Julius Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    Last October, TRASH member Daren Szakelyhidi won the East End Sessionable Award at TRASH XXV…

    • 2 people attended

May 2016 TRASH Meeting - Helltown Brewing

  • Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: Helltown Brewing - 13 Henry C Frick Street, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666

    For our May 2016 meeting, TRASH will be visiting Helltown Brewing in Mt. Pleasant, PA on…

    • 12 people attended

A few spots remain for TRASH XXVI - Registration closes tomorrow

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Thursday, March 24th, 2016 @ 9:14pm

Hey brewers,

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.



AHA Big Brew at MoreBeer with TRASH & TRUB

  • Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 9am - 6pm
    Location: MoreBeer's East Coast Distribution Center: 200 1st St; Ambridge, PA 15003

    Brewers!  TRASH Members!  TRUB Members!  AHA Memebers!…

Homebrewing Equipment for sale from Aurochs Brewing

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Thursday, March 17th, 2016 @ 7:40am

Mornin' brewers!

The folks at Aurochs Brewing in Emsworth recently contacted us to let us know that they're very close to re-opening and they have a bunch of homebrew equipment they'd like to part with.  The equipment list is attached to this email - if you're interested in any of it contact Doug Foster at 724-494-7260 or

Happy brewing!


TRASH XXVI Awards Presentation Banquet

  • Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at 7pm - 11:59pm
    Location: James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy - 422 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Following the conclusion of judging and tallying of…

    • 16 people attended

TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition - Venue Change

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, March 11th, 2016 @ 7:31am

Happy Friday, Brewers!

We're writing to inform everyone that the venue for the TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition has changed.  Helicon Brewing is unfortunately unable to host us at this time.  Don't worry - they're still on track to open soon and start getting their delicious beer into all our bellies.  They just won't have their occupancy permit in time for the competition, so we needed to find another venue to keep things nice & legal.  Simple as that.

For the third year in a row, James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy is willing to host our competition and the awards banquet that immediately follows.  James Street has been excellent to TRASH and the Pgh homebrew scene in general over the past five years or so.  If you're not visiting them outside of club functions we urge you to show them some love; they've definitely earned it.  Besides, their food is delicious and their beer selection is great.

The date & time of the competition has not changed.  The drop-off and shipping locations have not changed.  If you are entering the competition you don't need to do anything differently.  If you are volunteering in the competition as a judge or steward, please make note of this change and do not show up at Helicon on April 9th.

The competition web site, the calendar event on the TRASH web site, and the facebook event for the competition have all been updated.

The calendar event and invite for the awards presentation banquet that follows the conclusion of judging will be sent out soon.

See you at Roundabout for the March club meeting on Sunday.


By the way, as of the time this email is sent out there are only seven spots remaining in the competition. 
 Once we hit 300 no more entries will be accepted.  So if you've been meaning to get your beer/cider/mead registered, better hurry!

Upcoming Meetings and Events

March 2016 Club Meeting

Sunday, March 13th, 12:00 - Roundabout Brewery - Lawrenceville

TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition
Saturday, April 9th, 8:00 AM - James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy - Deutschtown

TRASH XXVI Awards Presentation Banquet
Saturday, April 9th, 7:00 PM - James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy - Deutschtown
Invite and full details coming soon!

AHA Big Brew Day w/TRASH & TRUB
Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 AM - MoreBeer's East Coast Distribution Center - Ambridge
Invite coming soon!

May 2016 Club Meeting
Saturday, May 14th, 12:00 - Helltown Brewing - Mt. Pleasant
Invite coming soon!

June 2016 Club Meeting
Date/Time TBD - Chris Meta's House - Mt. Lebanon
Invite coming soon!

July 2016 Club Meeting
Date/Time TBD - Helicon Brewing - Oakdale
Invite coming soon!

August 2016 Club Picnic & Swap Meet
Date/Time TBD - North Park
Invite coming soon!


TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition is filling up!

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 @ 2:32pm


Registration for the TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition has only been open for five days and it's over 2/3 full!  If you're planning to enter and you haven't registered yet don't wait because you could miss out.  Once we hit 300 entries no further entries will be accepted.

Regardless of whether the competition fills up early, you will have until 7:00 PM on Friday, March 25th to make changes to your entries in the system.  No changes will be accepted after 7:00 on Friday, March 25th.  All bottles must be delivered to the drop-off or shipping locations by that time as well.  No late entries will be accepted.

Thanks to everyone that signed up and double-thanks to those who paid for their entries already.  If you haven't done so yet, please do us a favor and pay for your entries as soon as you can.  This lets us know that you're really going to enter those beers and are not squatting on entries that you aren't actually planning to use.  If the competition fills up before the deadline, we're going to start checking in with those who have unpaid entries and will ask them to delete them if they're not actually going to use them - to free them up for others who might be trying to enter beers.  In other words, please don't squat on entries that you aren't going to use.



TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition registration is now open!

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, February 26th, 2016 @ 8:26am


Entry registration is now open for the 26th annual TRASH homebrew competition!  Register your entries here:

Registration closes on Friday, March 25th at 7:00 PM.  All entries must be paid for, entry details finalized in the web site, and bottles dropped off or delivered by that time.  No exceptions.

Each entry must consist of two 10-to-14 ounce crown-capped bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.  (Scribble them out with Sharpie.)  Standard silver or gold caps are preferred.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, some slight variance in size is allowable. Corked, swing-top, and bottles outside of the 10-14 ounce regulations will be accepted and they will be judged by two BJCP certified-or-higher-ranking judges to provide feedback to the brewer, but the judging of such entries will take place outside of the actual competition.  These entries will not be entered into judging flights and will not be considered for placement among the winners of the competition.  In other words, just be sure to enter standard long-neck bottles.

The competition is limited to 300 entries total and 10 entries per brewer.  We expect the competition will fill up well in advance of the entry deadline, so sign up soon!  If we get enough judges and stewards, we can raise the 300 limit.  Please sign up to volunteer while you're registering your entries!

Complete rules and competition details are available on

Cheers, and good luck!


Competition Info & NHC Planning

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 @ 9:22am

Hey TRASH Brewers, a few quick reminders:

  • First, judge & steward registration is open for the TRASH XXVI Homebrew Comptition being held on April 9th at Helicon Brewing in Oakdale.  As always, we need beer judges & competition stewards to make the competition a success.  Please sign up here:
  • Entry registration for the competition opens this Friday, February 26th at 8:00 AM and closes Friday, march 25th at 7:00 PM.  Limited to 10 per brewer and 300 total, but if we get enough judges & stewards the 300 limit could be raised.
  • If you are going to NHC in Baltimore in June you should get on the email list to be involved with our Club Night booth, arrange car pools, hotel room shares, etc.  Email us at if you're going to NHC and we'll add you to that list.


Upcoming Meetings & Events

Sunday, March 13th, 12:00 PM - MarchClub Meeting at Roundabout Brewery

Saturday, April 9th, 8:00 AM - TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition
Closed to the public, open to judges and stewards only

Saturday, April 9th, 7:00 PM - TRAXH XXVI Awards Presentation Banquet & April Club Meeting
Invite Coming Soon!

Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 AM - AHA Big Brew
Details & Invite Coming Soon!

Saturday, May 14th, 12:00 PM - May Club Meeting at Helltown
Invite Coming Soon!

March 2016 TRASH Meeting - Roundabout Brewery

  • Sunday, March 13th, 2016 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 4901 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

    For the March 2016 meeting, the club will be paying a visit to Roundabout Brewery in…

    • 8 people attended

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Competition from Apis Mead & ShuBrew

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Monday, January 25th, 2016 @ 8:35pm

Hi Brewers!

We want to pass along the info we just received about a special homebrew competition that Apis Mead & ShuBrew are organizing to coincide with Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (April 15-24).  Here are the details, straight from Dave at Apis:

Hello Brewers,
The Homebrewing community has spoken and we have listened.
Due to the overwhelming outcry for homebrewers to be a part of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week we are pleased to announce 2016 Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Comptition - This competition will be held Sunday March 6th 12-4 @ Apis Meadery. The Winner's beer will be brewed By Shu Brew & released during Craft Beer Week. A limit of 1 entry per brewer will be in effect as well as a overall cap of 35 entries. Enteries will be taken on a first come first serve basis, meaning the first ones to E-mail will get entry numbers and once that number is at 35 the entry portion is closed. Once your beer is ready you can drop it off @ Apis Meadery Wed - Sat the week of the comp or bring them with you the day of BEFORE NOON. Due to time and equipment constraints no Barrel aged beer or Lagers will be allowed. The winner must be able to Brew with Shu Brew sometime between the 7th and 18th of March (that part will be worked out between the winner & Shu Brew) To enter send an E-mail to with your name, Beer style & how the beer will arrive. Just to be clear this is a keg or bottle competition, but if you plan on bringing bottles you must bring enough for everyone to try some in a 4 hour tasting period (so basically a case) This is a very casual competition & the intent is to have fun while showing off your homebrew skills. If you have any addtional comments or questions feel free to E-mail me or comment below.

Good Luck,

That's it - if you want to participate just email with the requested information and get brewing!  Good luck!

PS> Don't forget the TRASH XXVI competition is coming up soon.  It will be held on Saturday, April 9th.  Full details will be going out shortly just as soon as we get the web site set up and work out all the important dates & whatnot.  Brew on!


Bulk Hops for sale at cost from Four Seasons Brewing

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Friday, January 15th, 2016 @ 4:30pm

Hey TRASH Brewers,

Four Seasons Brewing in Latrobe, PA, contacted us to say they have a bunch of hops that they're not going to use, and they'll sell them at cost to local homebrewers.  If you're interested contact Mark Pavlik directly.  All hops (except chinook) are 2014 crop, in unopened bulk packaging, and have been stored in a freezer.  Chinook are 2013.  Prices are:

Cascade - 6 available - $90.20/bag

Chinook - 5 available - $95.70/bag

Golding - 2 available - $109.45/bag

Columbus - 3 available - $84.15/bag

Amarillo - 2 available - $161.15/bag

Citra - 2 available - $131.45/bag

Centennial - 3 available - $101.20/bag


PS> See you Sunday at Rock Bottom for the January TRASH Meeting!


February 2016 TRASH Meeting - Maggie's Farm Rum

  • Sunday, February 21st, 2016 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 3212A Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    For our February 2016 meeting, we'll be heading to Maggie's Farm Rum in the Strip District.…

    • 12 people attended

TRASH News & Notes for December 2015

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 @ 8:42am

Happy Holidays TRASH Homebrewers!  Here's some club business - our gift to you!  Please read on...

- New Officers

- Committees
- Competition Date
- NHC Competition Entries
- BJCP Exam Beer
- Club Dues
- Upcoming Meetings

New Officers
If you missed the last few meetings, you might not be aware that the club has a couple new officers.  First, thank you to Andy Weigel and Malcolm Frazer for their service to the club.  Now, please welcome our new Vice President, Chris Marasti-Georg (CMG), and our new Secretary, Mark Minuto.  Thanks for stepping up, guys!  Next fall we'll be looking for folks to consider running for the President & Treasurer offices.  If you're an avid homebrewer and want to keep this club running, please give it some thought.

We've been talking about forming committees for a while now, and now is the time to do it.  We need you to get involved and help plan some things.

  - NHC 2016 Club Night Booth - If you are going to the
National Homebrew Conference in Baltimore (June 9-11, 2016) and would like to pour your homebrew at the TRASH booth on Club Night, please get in touch with us.  We will add you to a mailing list where all the planning will be done.  CMG will be the chair of the NHC 2016 committee.  There's lots of details to work out, and we can't get this done without your help.  Not sure what club night is all about?  Here's a video that sums it up pretty well.
  - Competition Committee - Organizing the TRASH competition takes a lot of work.  This year a few of us did just about all of it, and it was difficult to get it all done.  Going forward we need club members to get involved to help out with some of the tasks - planning, getting supplies, seeking sponsor donations, etc.  If you would like to help out for 2016, please
get in touch.  We need your help to keep the competition going strong.  And Weigel will continue to be the judging coordinator.  Jack & Andy will co-chair the competition planning committee.

Competition Date
The shipping deadline for first-round entries for the 2016 National Homebrew Competition has been announced.  Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 9th, 2016.  Recall that we were talking about having the TRASH competition on March 12th, thinking this would be early enough that entrants could use their feedback from the TRASH competition to help decide which beers to send to NHC.  Since that's obviously not going to work, we're re-evaluating when exactly to hold the competition.  We still want to hold it in the spring, but we're thinking about early April instead of early-mid March to give us a little more time to organize things.  Most importanly, though, we want to establish a consistent date to hold it for years to come.  We'd like your input - does having the competition before the NHC deadline matter to you?  If you have an opinion on this,
send us an email to say so.

NHC Competition Entries
Since it's looking like TRASH 26 will be held too late to serve as a means of vetting your NHC entries, we are working on other ideas to help our club members get input on which beers to send to NHC.  The first option is Andy Weigel's  We've mentioned this web site many times before.  We are working out details to allow club members to register the NHC-candidate beers on the site and bring them to the January meeting and have some of the experienced BJCP judges in the club take those beers home and complete a detailed score sheet for them.  Keep an eye out for another communications with the details about this.  Another option we're thinking about is to have a separate get-together outside of the normal club meetings just for those looking to get feedback on the potential NHC entries.  This meeting would be open only to those entering NHC, and you'd have to bring your beers to it to get feedback.  If you plan to enter NHC,
please let us know so we can get an idea of how many people will be at the gathering, and how many beers might need judging through

BJCP Exam - Beer Needed
There is a Beer Judge Certification Program tasting exam on February 20th.  Unfortunately there are no seats available in the exam, but the exam administrator is looking for homebrew to use in the exam.  He's looking for seven 12-ounce bottles of each sample provided.  The exam should include a range of beer from heavily flawed to excellent, so any homebrew you have to donate will be appreciated.  If you have any beer that you'd like to donate,
please email us and we'll get you in touch with the exam administrator.  Please DO NOT mention any details about your beer in the email, because some TRASH officers are taking the exam and they cannot know anything about the beer.

Club Membership Dues
The year is just about over.  This means your 2015 club membership is about to expire.  Please take a minute to
renew your membership online.  Or plan to pay at the January meeting if you'd prefer.  Your membership dues help keep the club running by paying for necessities like web site hosting, club liability insurance, and meeting & event supplies.  In return, you get benefits like the ability to participate in club events such as the cider group buy, aha big brew, public pouring events like the Big Pour, and more.

Upcoming Meetings

January 17 - Rock
 Bottom - Homestead

More meetings to be announced soon!

January 2016 TRASH Meeting - Rock Bottom Brewery

  • Sunday, January 17th, 2016 at 12pm - 3pm
    Location: 171 East Bridge St, Pittsburgh, PA 15120

    For the club's January 2016 meeting we'll be catching up with our friends at the Rock Bottom…

    • 18 people attended


June 2018
Saturday 16th
11am June Meeting - Kerry Diehl's House
July 2018
Saturday 14th
12pm July Meeting - BOS Release at Helicon
August 2018
Saturday 4th
1pm August Meeting - VooDoo Homestead
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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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