News and Announcements

WRASH Special Event - ACEZ

  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 7pm
    Location: Washington, Pennsylvania 15301

    Our friends in the Washington Rebel Association of Serious Homebrewers (WRASH) have invited…

January 2015 Club Meeting - Apis Mead & Winery

  • Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 1pm - 4pm
    Location: 212 E. Main St. Carnegie, PA 15106

    The club's January, 2015 meeting will be held at Apis Mead and Winery in Carnegie on Sunday,…

    • 18 people attended

November Club Meeting - MoreBeer

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 @ 11:41pm

It's time for another club meeting! Please join us on Sunday, November 23rd, at 2:00 PM for a meeting at MoreBeer's East Coast distribution center in Ambridge, PA.

Event Details
 - MoreBeer's East Cost Distribution Center
 - 200 1st St; Ambridge, PA  15003
 - Sunday, November 23 @ 2:00pm

Event Page
http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/763352

Additional Notes
 - As always, bring some homebrew!  Bottles, growlers, kegs, whatever works for you.  Share your beer and get feedback from your peers.
 - Officer Elections will be held at this meeting.  Come confirm the new guys that will be taking the reins, and wish them luck.
 - Please RSVP to let us know you're coming.

The good folks at MoreBeer are hosting us once again.  Come out for an afternoon of checking out the warehouse, sharing beer, and getting to know the folks providing much of the US with its homebrewing needs. Come see where your homebrew supplies come from when your order from MoreBeer.  This is where all orders shipped to the eastern half of the continental US come from.

You can find parking at the Beaver Street entrance. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact the club officers.

November Meeting - MoreBeer

  • Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 2pm - 5pm
    Location: MoreBeer Distribution Center; 200 1st St; Ambridge, PA 15003

    Please join us on Sunday, November 23rd, at 2:00 PM for a meeting at MoreBeer's east coast…

    • 13 people attended

Annual TRASH Holiday Party

  • Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 5pm - 11:30pm
    Location: James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy Ballroom 422 Foreland Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Sunday, December 7th, 2014
    5:00 PM - whenever
    James Street Gastropub &…

    • 18 people attended

Changing up the Awards Banquet

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:22am

We received a lot of feedback from brewers and volunteers who wanted to hear about the competition results and receive any medals they may have won, but didn't really want to spend $30 on a banquet ticket. We certainly understand that concern. Some of us want to order a full dinner; others just want to order a beer. It didn't really make sense to lump both camps into the same pool of tickets.

We discussed these concerns with James Street and worked out an alternative plan that we think you guys will like.

Format Changes. First, we're canceling the one-size-fits-all buffet dinner. If you had previously purchased a ticket, we'll be refunding your purchase over the next few days. Instead, James Street will be opening up the same room where we ran the competition as basically a dining room. Starting around 7:00pm, anyone associated with the competition is welcome to head upstairs to the banquet area and order from the standard James Street menu. At 8:00pm, we'll use that same space to start announcing winners and handing out medals. The start of dinner is informal, so feel free to stroll in when it's convenient.

During both dinner and the ceremony, James Street will open up their 2nd floor bar for anyone who wants to order a beer. They'll probably even open it up a little before that point.

Summarizing the Updates
 - The one-size-fits-all buffet dinner has been cancelled.
 - Use the banquet room to order off the regular menu any time after 7:00pm.
 - Anyone is welcome to join us at 8:00pm for the awards ceremony.
 - James Street will open their 2nd floor bar just before dinner.

Event Page: (we'll update this soon)
http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/732320

Sorting Scoresheets. In the time between the end of judging and the start of dinner service, we'll be sorting scores and preparing brewer envelopes. If you're already there to help out with the competition, we would love to get some help with the sorting effort while you wait for dinner. If you see us struggling, be sure to stop by and at least offer to help out.

If you have any further questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact the club officers.

Post-Competition Awards Banquet

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 @ 11:49pm

As those of you who are already participating in the competition have already heard, this year's post-competition awards banquet will happen immediately following the competition in the banquet space at James Street Speakeasy and Gastropub. You can find complete details and order a ticket here.

Banquet Details
 - James Street Speakeasy and Gastropub
 - Saturday, October 25 @ 7:30pm
 - Tickets available for $30

Tickets Available Here
http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/732320

Anyone is welcome to participate in the banquet, whether you have entries in the competition or not. If you did enter beers in the competition, the banquet is a great opportunity to collect your score sheets just a few hours after the competition.

Volunteers Needed. On a related note, we're in need of a few additional volunteers on the day of the event on Saturday. We have a reasonable number of judges, but we still need more stewards, and a few more volunteers who are willing to help manage the cooler. If you know of someone who might be interested, direct them toward the volunteer page on the competition web site or put them in touch with the club officers. The remaining volunteer roles don't require any judging experience.

We'll see many of you at next weekend's competition!

–Mike
 

Post-Competition Awards Banquet

  • Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7pm - 11pm
    Location: James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy, 422 Foreland Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    As previously announced, we're trying something a little different this year that multiple club…

Reminder: October 2014 Club Meeting: The Brew Gentlemen

E-mail sent by Member 184c802, Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 @ 7:07pm

Just a reminder that our October meeting is this Saturday. See below for details.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 2pm
The Brew Gentlemen
512 Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104

Our October meeting will fall early in the month since we're having our annual competition at the end of the month. We'll be heading to The Brew Gentlemen, a small craft brewery and taproom in Braddock, that opened in May. It's a great place, with great beer brewed by some really great people. The "gentlemen" part isn't just a clever name!

For more info on the meeting, check out the event page on our site - http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/676363

Online Beer Scores. If you're interested in improving the quality of your homebrew and your judging skills, you should definitely check out Online Beer Scores site. 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.

http://onlinebeerscores.com/

Oktoberfest Celebration & Festbier Competition

E-mail sent by Member 184c802, Saturday, September 20th, 2014 @ 10:59am

Just another reminder that today is our annual Oktoberfest Celebration. You can check out more details here - http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/664180

There will be a $10 fee to cover the cost of food and supplies.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

October 2014 Club Meeting: The Brew Gentlemen

E-mail sent by Member 184c802, Thursday, September 18th, 2014 @ 12:20pm

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 2pm
The Brew Gentlemen
512 Braddock Avenue
Braddock, PA 15104

Our October meeting will fall early in the month since we're having our annual competition at the end of the month. We'll be heading to The Brew Gentlemen, a small craft brewery and taproom in Braddock, that opened in May. It's a great place, with great beer brewed by some really great people. The "gentlemen" part isn't just a clever name!

For more info on the meeting, check out the event page on our site - http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/676363

Online Beer Scores. If you're interested in improving the quality of your homebrew and your judging skills, you should definitely check out Online Beer Scores site. 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.

http://onlinebeerscores.com/

October 2014 Club Meeting: The Brew Gentlemen

  • Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: The Brew Gentlemen 512 Braddock Avenue Braddock, PA 15104

    October 2014 Club Meeting: The Brew Gentlemen

    Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 2pm

    • 9 people attended

TRASH Competition - Entries Now Open

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 1:48am

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.

–Mike

Pour Opportunity - Steel City Big Pour

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 @ 1:17am

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.

Event Details
 - 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.

Required Information
 - 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.

–Mike

Reminder - Club Picnic Tomorrow

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 @ 4:11pm

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
http://trashhomebrewers.org/item/662874

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!

–Mike

Pour Opportunity - Bayardstown Homebrew Happy Hour

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Thursday, August 21st, 2014 @ 7:51am

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.

Event Overview
 - Bayardstown Homebrew Happy Hour
 - Thursday, Sept 11 from 6 to 10pm
 - bayardstown site: bayardstown.com
 - club contact: Mike Beattie

Some Details
 - 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.

Thanks,
Mike

Club Insurance and Membership Dues

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 @ 8:50am

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.

http://trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/

If you aren't sure of your membership status, you can respond to this message contact the officers for a confirmation.

Thanks,
Mike

Rocktoberfest Nemacolin

E-mail sent by Member 169716d, Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 @ 10:33pm

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 bcaraway65@yahoo.com

Bill Caraway

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.

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…

The Annual TRASH Homebrew Competition

E-mail sent by Mike Beattie, Saturday, August 9th, 2014 @ 7:21pm

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
registration: trashcompetition.org

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.

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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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