News and Announcements

Shirt Order Interest?

E-mail sent by Member 1c2600e, Thursday, June 7th, 2018 @ 4:28pm

Hey! For those of you NOT on the TRASH Facebook page this will be new. We are trying to see if there is interest in placing a shirt order. We are also trying to determine if people would like something other than a traditional black logo shirt. If interested please reply with a general idea of color, size, style and quantity. 

Here is an example of a shirt that was made for the TRASH competition prize pack. 



Reminders and Announcements

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 @ 8:38pm


I just sent a reminder about the meeting on June 16 at Kerrry Diehl's house.  Please buy a ticket to the meeting ($10/family) to help us get an semi-accurate headcount and help us reimburse Kerry for the food and supplies he's purchasing.  Anyone that wants to bring a dish to share is welcome to do so. Desserts and veggies would be much appreciated. 

There's a local brewery in need of a few extra jockey boxes for an event on July 14th.  If you have a jockey box and are willing to loan it out for a weekend, please let me know and I'll put you in touch with them.   

I'm administering a BJCP Beer Tasting Exam on Saturday, July 14. 
I'm currently looking for homebrew donations for the exam. Anything from categories 1 through 26 of the 2015 BJCP Guidelines is fair game. Homebrew is preferred over commercial beer, since that is what judges typically judge. Frankly, if it has some, uh, impefections, that's all the better. If you have or think you will have beer to donate, please contact me privately. Thank you.


Judges Needed for Ohio State Fair and BJCP Exam Seats

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 @ 6:13am


The Ohio State Fair homebrew competition needs a few more judges. Judging in Saturday, June 2 in Columbus, OH. If you can judge, please contact Brett Chance at to sign up. Or sign up on the website

We pull a number of judges in from OH for our competition. This is good chance to return the favor.


There are two open seats in the July 14 BJCP Beer Tasting Exam that Chris Staub is sponsoring.  If you're interested in testing your beer judging skills, or raising your score,please contact Chris to grab a spot.



Fresh Fest Beer Fest Plus Free Equipment to a Good Home

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, May 21st, 2018 @ 7:37pm

Some additional announcements...

Fresh Fest Beer Fest - August 11

Day Bracey from The Drinking Partners Podcast is planning a beer festival for August 11 -  They are doing collabs with 20 breweries around Pittsburgh as well as 10 other breweries.  He offered for one TRASH member to do a homebrew collab with a local artist/business owner/person of interest that he would let TRASH have a table at the festival.   Someone would need to brew at least 10 gallons, if not 15, to have available for the August 11 event.  It would have to be a new beer designed in collaboration (if you didn't pick up on collab above) with the person/people they are partnered up with, not something someone has laying around.  I could also see a couple of TRASH members potentially getting in on the collaboration if they're feeling like getting a bit crazy...If you're interested, please contact TRASH Treasurer Paul Fisher ( if interested. 

Free Equipment to a Good Home

Local Homebrewer Mike Escourt is looking to part with some equipment.  He has 2 1/2 Bbl Kegs (could be good for building a RIMS system). He also has a converted beer fridge with CO2 bottle, a few corny kegs, and some fittings/parts. All stuff is free.  Please contact Mike at




E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, May 17th, 2018 @ 8:29pm

Just a few quick announcements:

Next Meeting - June 16 at Kerry Diehl's house from 11AM  to 330 PM.  Please see the invite I just sent.

Upcoming Events

Beer and Gear - June 16 

We've been invited back to the annual Beer and Gear event at Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle on June 16Club Member John Rozborksi has been going for some time, and always has a blast.   Please see my note from April 30 for more details.  If you want to coordinate with John, let me know and I'll get you his contact info.

BJCP Exam - July 14 - Beer Needed
TRASH member Chris Staub is sponsoring a BJCP Beer Tasting Exam on July 14.  I am administering the exam.   I'll be looking for homebrew donations for the exam.  Anything from Categories 1 through 26 of the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, be it a world class example of a given style or something with room for improvement.   If you think you might have beer to donate, please contact me directly.  Thank you.


Sean Kinnas
TRASH President.

June Meeting - Kerry Diehl's House

  • Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at 11am - 3:30pm
    Location: 1802 Murdstone Road, 15241

    For our June 2018 meeting we'll be heading to the home…

    • 9 people attended

Beer and Gear at Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle on June 16.

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, April 30th, 2018 @ 8:08pm


We've been invited back to the annual Beer and Gear event at Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle on June 16

Club Member John Rozborksi has been going for some time, and always has a blast. 

Please see his note below.  If you want to coordinate with John, let me know and I'll get you his contact info.


Hello Sean, Chris, et al:
writing to confirm that TRASH is again invited to the annual Beer and Gear event at Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle on June 16. Here is a link:

I have always loved this event. truly fun.  They typically allow up to 6 people to come into the event for TRASH.  They do offer a pass for WW rafting anytime in the season, which is a pretty awesome perk for pouring beer.  They also print pint glasses that include every brewery and TRASH's name, which is a neat memento. 
Many of the pro-brewers camp up the hill, and BBQ, play music, drink special private cellar beers both Friday and Saturday night. TRASH members are free to also camp there. It is primitive camping. 
At the moment, I am intending to go, with at least one companion.

Would you please post and announce a "pouring opportunity" to the club so everyone knows and can also have fun? as usual, 1 keg per slot - up to 6 slots. 
Thank you! 

Pouring Opportunity - June 16 - OYC HomeBrew Fest

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 @ 9:06pm


There's a pouring opportunity coming up in June.

June 16 from 2-5 pm at the Oakmont Yacht Club

I've attached the flyer to this email.  Please contact if interested.




May Meeting - AHA Big Brew at MoreBeer

  • Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at 9am
    Location: MoreBeer, 200 1st St, Ambridge, PA 15003

    Our May Meeting will be on Saturday, May 5 at 9 AM (yes, I wrote that correctly).  We'll be at…

    • 3 people attended

TRASH XXVIII Competition Awards Ceremony

  • Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 10pm
    Location: Helicon Brewing - 102 Union Ave, Oakdale, PA 15071

    Following the conclusion of judging and tallying of…

    • 39 people attended

March Meeting - Country Wines

  • Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: Country Wines, 2300 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

    Our March meeting will be at Country Wines. Dues paid TRASH members can take advantage of their…

    • 13 people attended

TRASH XXVIII Competition filling up fast!

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Sunday, February 18th, 2018 @ 10:18am

Hey Brewers!

If you are planning to enter the TRASH XXVIII Homebrew Competition and have not yet registered your entries, do so fast because it's nearly full.  The competition is capped at 375 entries and as of the time I'm writing this we have received 316 entries.  Register at

This year we limited it to 6 entries per brewer for the first week to allow everyone a chance to get some entries in and even still it's almost full already.  Next Saturday at 8:00 AM we'll raise the per-brewer limit to 12 but the competition might be full by then.  Be sure to get your entries in before we allow others to go back for seconds!

  The TRASH Officers

Meeting Reminder – Competition Entries – NHC Judging

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, February 15th, 2018 @ 9:57am


Just a couple quick reminders and an announcement: 

Meeting this Saturday at Helicon in Oakdale at 2:00 pm.  Helicon’s happy hour is from 12:30 to 2:30 and PGH Taco Truck will also be on premises. So, feel free to show up early, enjoy happy hour and get some yummy food.  As always, bring homebrew.

Entry registration for the TRASH 28 competition open this Saturday at 8 AM.  Entries are initially capped at 6 per brewer.  This cap is raised to 12 after a week. 

NHC Indianapolis Judging will be Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14.  Fred Mullner is planning to travel to Indianapolis to judge.  If anyone else is interested in going, and wants to share a ride, please contact Fred at


February Meeting - Helicon

  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: Helicon Brewing, 102 Union Ave, Oakdale, PA 15071

    Our February Meeting will be at Helicon in Oakdale on February 17,…

    • 2 people attended

TRASH XXVIII Competition - Judge / Steward Registration Now Open!

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 @ 12:53pm

Hey TRASH brewers!

This year's TRASH competition - TRASH XXVIII - is just around the corner.  It will be held on Saturday, April 7th at Helicon Brewing in Oakdale.

The competition web site is now live.  Participant registration is now open.  Please visit to sign up.  As always, pulling this off is a large feat that can't be done without your help.  This is a call to arms for all available judges & stewards.  Please help us out on April 7th!

If you have never judged or stewarded a homebrew competition and don't know where to begin, don't hesitate to ask.  Send an email to and we'll go over the details.  Or, better yet, come to a TRASH meeting and talk with fellow homebrewers about what goes on at a competition.  It's a great time!

Entry registration will open on Saturday, February 17th at 8:00 AM and will run through Friday, March 16th at 7:00 PM.  The competition will be limited to 375 entries total.  Participants will be limited to six (6) entries during the first week of registration.  The per-entrant cap will be raised to twelve (12) entries on Saturday, February 24th at 8:00 AM.  This is to allow everyone ample time to get some entries in before it fills up.

Finally, we are proud to announce that TRASH XXVIII will be a participating competition in the inaugural North Appalachian Homebrewing Championship.  More details coming soon...

Beerland on Vice is looking for homebrewers

E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Saturday, January 13th, 2018 @ 8:43pm

Hey TRASH brewers.  Have you seen that show called Beerland on Vice?  They're looking for Pittsburgh-area homebrewers to include in the next season of the show.  If you're interested, you can contact Tina, the casting producer, directly.  The email we received from her follows.

  TRASH Officers


Hi TRASH Homebrewers,

My name is Tina, and I'm a producer at VICELAND, Vice Media's television network. We are gearing up for the third season of Beerland, a homebrew competition show hosted by Meg Gill of Golden Road Brewery. The series dives into different craft beer communities to feature fascinating homebrewers and the brews they make.

I'm reaching out because we're headed to the Pittsburgh area in March, and we're looking for homebrewers in the area to feature in our show (particularly homebrewers around 25-35 years old - but casting is open to all ages!). If chosen, participants have the opportunity to win $10,000 and their beer packaged and distributed by Golden Road in Los Angeles. 

Our series showcases different homebrewers from all walks of life who are passionate about not only the beer they make but the community they share it with. We’re very interested in finding diverse and unique people, as well as fun, visual places where they share their beer.

We'd love to involve some TRASH Homebrewers! If anyone is interested in the opportunity, please have them fill out this short questionnaire below, and email it back to me in order to be considered:

Name, Age



City, State

Years brewing?

Why do you brew?

What brews might you have ready in March?

Any unique ingredients or brew techniques?

Where do you DRINK your brew? Unique locations/events/gatherings etc?

What makes you YOU? What other hobbies outside of beer, lively activities you do (that you might bring a beer to!)

How has homebrewing impacted your life/family/community?

Please feel free to pass my information along to anyone who might be interested or reach out if you have any questions!

Thank you for your time,

Tina Logie


Tina Logie

Casting Producer

Click Here to Watch Beerland

(C) 917.306.5674

January Meeting

  • Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: Mindful Brewing Company, 3759 Library Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15234

    Come on out to Mindful Brewing Company for the January TRASH meeting.  As always, bring…

    • 12 people attended

TRASH News and Announcements

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 @ 7:23pm


Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a good holiday season.  My gift to you was a lack of mass emails.  I hope you appreciated it.   

Dues are Due
It's the new year, so it's a new membership year.  $15/individual or $20/household.  Dues paid gets you access to club-only events, like the annual cider buy, and gets you a discount at South Hills Brewing and Country Wines. Please pay your dues online at  or track Paul down at a meeting.

Next Meeting:
Saturday January 20th at 12 Noon at Mindful Brewing in the South Hills.  Be on the lookout for an invitation.

TRASH Competition
The TRASH XXVIII homebrew competition will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018.   Stay tuned at   The competition is TRASH's big event each year, and there's a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into it.   Fortunately, we have a great crew of people, although we're always looking for more help.   If you're willing and able to help out, please contact me or one of the other officers.

Rhapsody in Brew
Rhapsody in Brew is a home brew competition event to benefit the Edgewood Symphony.  Brewers will compete for home brew superiority while local favorite FlowerChild will be on tap to jam the night away! Food trucks will be on site too.  Event information: Saturday, February 10, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm.  More details and the brewer registration form can be found at

North Hills Brew
The 2nd annual North Hills Brew Fest Saturday April 7th, 2018.  More details forthcoming.


Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider 2017 Homebrewers Festival and Competition

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, October 26th, 2017 @ 8:17pm


Attached is some info for the Wigle and Threadbare 2017 Homebrewers Festival and Competition.

The event is November 12.  The entry is 3 bottles and the entry fee is $20, which also gets you into the festival.  

Prizes include include whiskey barrels and bottles of Wigle Whiskey.

Registration info is in the attachment.



TRASH at Beers of the Burgh - November 4th

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 @ 9:04pm

TRASH will have a table at Beers of the Burgh November 4th.

We are allowed 4 volunteers.  No minimum beer required to serve.

We can't actually demo a brew BUT since it's national homebrew day, we are allowed to bring a sample setup and talk shop about homebrewing.

Alex Szokolyai is the TRASH point man.  Please contact him at if interested.





May 2018
Saturday 5th
9am May Meeting - AHA Big Brew at MoreBeer
June 2018
Saturday 16th
11am June Meeting - Kerry Diehl's House
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Don't let the "Serious" part of our name scare you off. If homebrewing interests you, come to a meeting.  We'd love to meet you!

If you have any questions please fill out the contact form.



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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


TRASH Homebrewers

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