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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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 trashcompetition.org.
Cheers, and good luck!
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: http://trashcompetition.org/
- 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 email@example.com 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!