We had previously announced that the annual competition would open for entries on Saturday, August 23 2014. Unfortunately, a configuration error on my part blocked entries until a later date. At this point, the error has been corrected, and the competition site is accepting entries.
TRASH 24 Homebrew Competition
- Per-Brewer Entry Cap Lifted on September 13, 2014
- Entries Accepted through October 11, 2014
- Judging to take place on October 25, 2014
- Details and Registration: trashcompetition.org
For the first 2 weeks, entries will be limited to 5 per brewer. After that point, starting at 10:00am on September 13, 2014, we will be lifting that cap for anyone who wants to register additional entries. We have also established an overall cap of 300 entries that we do not expect to lift, so be sure to register sooner rather than later. If you are qualified and live at least somewhat nearby, we would love to have you register as a judge in addition to entering beers.
If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact the officers or respond to this message.
As we have for the past several years, TRASH is scheduled to run a table at the annual Steel City Big Pour. For the event to be successful, we need 15-20 kegs from members who are willing to contribute 2 kegs per session. Participants must be current with their TRASH dues and are encouraged to participate in both sessions if at all possible.
- Steel City Big Pour
- Saturday, September 6 2014
- 12:00-3:00pm or 5:00-8:00pm
- Club Sponsor: Chris Meta
If you have kegs that you'd like to bring, please contact Chris Meta with the information listed below. You can also contact Chris with questions about the event specifics.
- How many kegs are you willing to contribute?
- Which session(s) are you able to work (12-3, and/or 5-8)
The event is right around the corner and typically fills up quickly, so quick responses are encouraged.
Don't forget! The annual club picnic is slated for tomorrow starting at 1:00pm. This is a pot-luck style event where members are encouraged to bring along their own dish. If you like, you'll even have the option to set up a grill. The club will provide charcoal, place settings and plenty of ice for those who bring beer. In addition to homebrew, you are welcome to bring along any commercial examples that you want to share.
Also keep in mind, we'll be voting on the best beer, best side dish, and best grilled item. We'll have prizes for our winners and, of course, we'll be handing out the annual TRASHy Award to the brewer(s) behind the best beer.
Annual TRASH Picnic
- Sunday, August 24 @ 1:00pm
- Ontario Pavillion, North Park (directions)
Event Details and RSVP
As usual, club events are a great time to submit you're beers on Andy Weigel's onlinebeerscores.com site. Register a bottle of some recent homebrew, then bring a bottle to the meeting to exchange with someone else. You'll both get a chance to exercise your judging skill and get some feedback on your beer!
See you guys tomorrow!
The Bayardstown Social Club has been running a fairly unique outdoor social club for the past year or so. Deeplocal, an area design studio, rents an open lot on Penn Ave in the Strip and opens it up to the community for an opportunity to share a few beers and maybe a snack from a local food truck. The Post-Gazette ran an article on the club last year with some background, and you can find current information on the group's web site.
Next month, they're organizing a special Homebrew Happy Hour and inviting members from area homebrew clubs to bring out a keg and introduce their members to some homebrew. TRASH will be showing up with at least one keg (from me), and both TRUB and BASH are planning to participate as well.
- Bayardstown Homebrew Happy Hour
- Thursday, Sept 11 from 6 to 10pm
- bayardstown site: bayardstown.com
- club contact: Mike Beattie
- Bayardstown will provide ice and sample cups.
- Homebrewers are responsible for gas and tubs.
- Free entry for homebrewers who bring a keg (normally $5).
If you're interested in bringing out a keg for an opportunity to introduce others to quality homebrew, please contact me or respond to this message to sign up.
The AHA has recently enabled individual clubs to purchase an insurance policy that covers both general liability and liquor liability for our meetings and club events. Plans are priced well within the means of the club, so we're finalizing the details of purchasing such a plan for TRASH. Such a policy will protect both the club and its officers in the event of an accident during or after a club event.
One requirement for this policy is that we provide the insurer with an accurate number of members as well as the names of each paid member. Unfortunately, we didn't make a strong push for dues payments earlier this year and noticed that several "active" members aren't current with their dues. That's our fault for not pushing for on-time dues payments, and we're taking this opportunity to correct the situation.
If you consider yourself an active participant in club meetings and events but you haven't paid your membership dues for this year, please visit the club's subscriptions page to renew your membership.
If you aren't sure of your membership status, you can respond to this message contact the officers for a confirmation.
Third Annual Rocktoberfest and Rockin’ Best Brewfest
Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 1pm - 5pm
Location: nemacolin resort, farmington pa
TRASH Members--several of you have participated in this event over the last few years. I will be your contact person. Four brewers with a mimimum of 2 full kegs of your best homebrew (3 if possible). Please see below and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Annual Rocktoberfest and Rockin’ Best Brewfest scheduled for October 11th! Last year’s participation was the largest that we have ever had here at Nemacolin with a total of 25 breweries personally represented, as well as 3 distributors representing several more breweries. With the growth comes higher attendance and more and more recognition for your brand, so I hope that this event has proven to be a successful and fun event for you over the last few years. That being said, I would love to count on your participation again this year and in return, you will once again receive a complimentary night’s stay in our newly remodeled Chateau and Lodge rooms for either the night of the event or another night of your choice. Please be advised that the availability for the evening of the event is limited and will be on a first come first served basis. In addition to your complimentary room, we will be stepping up our radio advertising for this event even more than we have in the past, which will mean free advertising for your brewery.
As previously announced, this year's homebrew competition will be at James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy in the North Side. Both judging and our annual club banquet will take place on Saturday, October 25. At this point, we're working to spread the word, register volunteers, volunteers, and collect any feedback from the club.
TRASH 24 Homebrew Competition
James Street Speakeasy and Gastropub
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Entries will be accepted online starting on Saturday, August 23 at 10am, and are open to everyone who wants to enter. To help us limit judging to a single day, we're setting an cap of 300 entries. Because that's somewhat smaller than previous years, we're setting up a 5 entry limit for the first two weeks registration (August 23 - September 6). After September 6, the per-brewer limit will be lifted.
If you're interested in volunteering as a judge or steward, please sign up now using the registration form on the site. We're also looking to identify volunteers willing to help out with a number of tasks prior to the event. If you're interested in helping out beyond just judging or steward, either respond to this message, or contact me directly using this form.
This year will mark the return of the club's annual Oktoberfest party hosted by club memember Armand Houle. As part of a new tradition we'd like to do a "people's choice" style competition for any of the Festbier-style categories. This would include Oktoberfest (3B) from the 2008 BJCP style guidelines as well as Festbier (4B) and Marzen (6A) from the brand new 2014 guidelines. We're still working out prizes and exactly how things will work, but wanted to get the word out so people could start brewing. If you're interested in this, make sure you RSVP and check that you're planning on entering so we can get an idea of logistics.
For more info check out the event details on the website.
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 2pm - 6pm
Location: 111 Gadshill Place Pittsburgh, PA 15237
I have a few quick announcements that I wanted to send out before Saturday's meeting.
Saturday's Meeting. If you haven't already, be sure to RSVP for Saturday's joint club meeting at the Pittsburgh Tech Shop. They tech shop has an amazing range of tools that would be extremely helpful for those of you who want to enhance their homebrew setup but don't have access to a fully equipped shop. They even offer courses to help you learn to safely use a new tool or technique. In addition to a multi-club meeting, we'll be touring their shop to see what they have to offer.
Online Beer Scores. If you're interested in improving the quality of your homebrew and your judging skills, you should definitely check out Andy Weigel's Online Beer Scores page. If you're interested, you can register your latest homebrew and bring one or more bottles to the meeting. Exchange bottles with another brewer, and you'll have an opportunity to both judge their beer and receive some critical feedback for yours.
The Club Picnic. You should have all received the official announcement that our club picnic has been scheduled for August 24 at North Park. This will be a pot-luck style event with a set of friendly competitions to honor the best dish, best grilled item, and best beer. The club has an alcohol permit with the park, so you'll be able to bring along any homebrew or commercial beer that you would like to share with the group. For details, be sure to stop by the event page below.
This Year's Competition. It's official! We now have a date and location for this year's homebrew competition. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25 at James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy. We will be running our judging operations out of their 2nd floor banquet hall. As always this event requires significant effort from the club. We'll be sending out additional details in the near future for anyone who wants to help out.
Other than that, I look forward to seeing many of you at Saturday's meeting!
I have a couple of quick comments on Tomorrow's meeting and a few other updates that I wanted to send out to the full membership.
Tomorrow's meeting. First, I hope to see many of you at Chris Meta's tomorrow for our June club meeting. Because we're having this event at another member's home, you are welcome to bring homebrew or even a commercial bottle that you've been looking for a reason to open and share.
Online Beer Scores. If you're planning to bring homebrew to tomorrow's meeting, consider registering a bottle or two on Andy Weigel's OnlineBeerScores site. Label your bottles with the ID number from the site, and bring them to the meeting to exchange with another brewer. Over the next few days, you can complete online score sheets back on the site to give each other feedback.
Our July Meeting. For our July Club Meeting, Gregor has organized a multi-club event at TechShop Pittsburgh. The TechShop is a member driven organization that gives you an opportunity to take classes around various tools in their shop and gain access to those tools for your own projects with a paid membership. For details and a link to the multi-club RSVP page, follow the link below.
Hope to see you at tomorrow's meeting!
The Wilderness Voyagers outfitters in Ohiopyle, PA have been sponsoring one of the more laid back beer festivals of the area for the past couple of years now. The club has been invited back for another year, and Gregor has offered to organize the group's involvement. He has a few interested members signed up to bring a keg, but still has two open seats for club members willing to bring a keg for the event.
- Beer and Gear Festival
- Saturday June 21, 2014 (3:30 - 7:00pm)
- Wilderness Voyagers (map)
If you're interested in bringing a keg or have any questions about participation, please contact Gregor for details. If you have trouble reaching him through that form, feel free to respond to this message, and I'll make sure it gets to the right place.
Note that the event takes place outdoors, and includes a number of excellent breweries from around the area. If we have enough people going, there should be plenty of time to take turns checking out some of the other beer. Note that the event is one week after the National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, so participating in that event certainly doesn't preclude your involvement.