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.
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.
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 B.Chance@expo.ohio.gov 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.
Some additional announcements...
Fresh Fest Beer Fest - August 11
Day Bracey from The Drinking Partners Podcast is planning a beer festival for August 11 - www.freshfestbeerfest.com. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com.
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.
Beer and Gear - June 16
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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 http://trashcompetition.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 trashcompetition.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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...
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.
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:
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,
Click Here to Watch Beerland
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 http://trashhomebrewers.org/public/pay/subscription/ or track Paul down at a meeting.
Saturday January 20th at 12 Noon at Mindful Brewing in the South Hills. Be on the lookout for an invitation.
The TRASH XXVIII homebrew competition will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Stay tuned at http://trashcompetition.org/ 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 http://edgewoodsymphony.org/support/rhapsodyinbrew/
North Hills Brew
The 2nd annual North Hills Brew Fest Saturday April 7th, 2018. More details forthcoming.
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 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 Alexander.Szokolyai@gmail.com if interested.