In a little over a month, we'll be celebrating the 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. In previous years, the club has participated in several different events over the course of the week. We've hosted brewing demos, participated in beer festivals, and promoted homebrewing in whatever other forums we can.
Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (PCBW)
April 25 through May 4, 2014
Last year, we were invited to more events than we have homebrew or members to support. In other words, there is plenty of room for additional participation. If you're interested in contributing a keg, now is the time to start brewing!
We'll send out more email later this month as specific opportunities start to appear. If you have any questions or are interested in particular events, feel free to respond to this message.
It's time to get ready for our March club meeting! This time, we're headed to a brand new craft beer bar in Squirrel Hill: Independent Brewing Company. They don't brew their own beer, but they do offer one of the best selections of local beers in the city. The owners are homebrewers themselves and big supporters of the local beer community, which makes this bar a great destination for the club.
March Club Meeting
Indepdendent Brewing Company (Squirrel Hill)
Sunday, March 30 @ 2:00pm
For details and to RSVP, visit the club's web site:
I'll see you guys in a few weeks!
It's time to get ready for this year's holiday party! This year, we're releasing the holiday party along side our new web site to give memberrs an opportunity to join the new web site and use it to RSVP for the party. The event is schedule for Sunday, December 8 at Bocktown Monaca. There's a Steeler's game at 1:00pm that day, so you're more than welcome to head over to Bocktown a little early to watch the game or stroll in a little late once the game comes to an end.
RSVP Today! Visit the event page now, and buy your ticket to the event!
We're hoping to serve dinner at 4:30pm, which should give you just enough time to drag over a keg or a growler and share a few homebrews (and commercial beers) with your fellow homebrewers. Dinner will be served buffett style by Bocktown and will include a vegetarian option for those who are looking for such an option.
The club is long overdue for a refresh to our web site. Our previous site has served us well for several years, but you'll notice that we've started to rely on multiple incompatible services for managing member lists (Excel), email lists (Google Groups), event signups (Anyvite), and other aspects of the club's operation. That layout has introduced extra fees when charging for events, confusion with respect to who has paid for their membership, and unnecessary complexity in managing various concepts of what constitutes membership. Starting next year, we're transitioning to a host that helps us manage nearly all aspects of the club in one place.
The new web site provides a single platform to manage membership lists, collect dues, manage event RSVPs, and more. This new platform isn't free, but the officers believe that the improvements in our ability to collect dues will more than pay for the cost of the site. We also believe that shifting to a central provider for nearly all of our needs will streamline the management of the club for current and future officers.
Right now, the new site is listed under a subdomain under our new host (groupspaces.com). In the comming weeks, the new site will completely replace the group's current site, and the trashhomebrewers.org domain will point directly to the new site.
The Best of Show winner from this year's TRASH competition was a style that you wouldn't typically expect a commercial brewery to scale up. Rob Withee's "Black n' Brett" is an American Stout fermented entirely with Brett Brux. It ranked first in Category 23 in this year's competition, and was named best of show by our panel of second round judges. Bottom line: it was an exceptional beer. The problem is: it's not the kind of beer that a brewery can turn around in a matter of weeks. We never expected that it would be scaled up by one of our local breweries, but Matt Moninger (second round judge and head brewer at Church Brew Works) put out the offer. He was willing to work with Rob and scale up Black N' Brett on the Church Brew Works system.
Earlier this year, Rob and Matt got together for the "Black n' Brett" brew day, and from there we all waited. Now, several months later, the beer has finished aging and is ready to go. It went on tap at Church Brew Works last week and is likely to stick around for another month.
Show your support for the club and make your way over to CBW to give Rob's beer a try! Better yet, check in to his beer on Untappd.