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E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 @ 7:27pm

Just a few quick announcements.

This Saturday morning, July 14, there is a BJCP Beer tasting exam at Helicon Brewing. If you've passed the online entrance exam or are already a judge, then you are eligible to take the exam. We've got 4 open seats, and it'd be shame for them to go to waste. If you want to sit for the exam, please let me know.

After the Exam, at approximately 11 AM, BJCP President Gordon Strong will be giving a talk on the new BJCP styles that were recently added to the 2015 guidelines.

Upcoming Meetings

The August TRASH Meeting will be August 7 from 1 to 3 at Voo Doo in Homestead. Be sure and bring homebrew to give the new judges something to practice on.

The September Meeting will be an Oktoberfest Picnic (a combo of our traditional picnic and Oktoberfest parties). Details are still TBD, so stay tuned.

Upcoming Beer Events

Beer and Sweat is the weekend of August 18th down in Cincinnati. Beer and Sweat is the world's largest keg only competition and TRASH brings its A-game every year. This weekend is an absolute blast (more fun per hour than HomeBrewCon), and you should go. Ask anyone who has gone. This year, they've added a technical talk from Fermentis in between the judging and the awards ceremony. The competition website is and has links to the event hotel.

If you're not going to Beer and Sweat, the Carnegie Science Center is hosting its 5th annual 21+ Science of Beer night on August 17, 2018. TRASH has been invited back again this year to get in on all the science of beer fun. If you're not going to Beer and Sweat, this would be a fun way to spend a Friday evening. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll get the info to you.

Steel City Big Pour is Saturday, September 15. TRASH has a big presence there every year. We'll be looking for people to both pour and/or donate kegs for the event. Please keep this date in mind.

Brewing Up A Cure is the following Saturday, September 22. BUAC is an annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation put on by our friends in TRUB. It's a fest put on by homebrewers for a good cause. Tickets are available at


August Meeting - VooDoo Homestead

  • Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at 1pm - 3pm
    Location: VooDoo Homestead, 205 E 9th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120

    Our August Meeting will be at VooDoo in Homestead.  Bring out some homebrew to give our newly…

    • 4 people are attending

Any TRASH Web Developers?

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, July 9th, 2018 @ 8:05pm


It appears that we'll be needing to migrate the TRASH website over to a new hosting service.  We'd need to retain some features on the new website such as email distribution lists, events calendar, accepting money, etc.   Are there any web developer types in the club that are willing to volunteer their services to help us out?  

Please contact Paul Fisher ( if you can lend a hand.

Your help is much appreciated.


July Meeting - BOS Release at Helicon

  • Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: Helicon Brewing, 102 Union Ave, Oakdale, PA 15071

    Come on out and celebrate the Helicon release of Chris Staub's BOS winner from the TRASH…

    • 12 people attended

Home Brew & Chill - Home Brewers Competition during Greensburg Craft Beer Week

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Thursday, June 21st, 2018 @ 6:07pm


Please see attached information on the "Home Brew and Chill" competition that will be a part of Greensburg Craft Beer Week this year.

Home Brewers Packet 2018 (1).pdf 


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From: Jessica Hickey <>
Date: Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 9:44 AM
Subject: Home Brew & Chill - Home Brewers Competition during Greensburg Craft Beer Week

Hi there!

I'm Jessica, the Founder and Director of Greensburg Craft Beer Week, which is held September 21-29 this year. We have a home brew competition, Home Brew and Chill, scheduled for September 23 at All Saints Brewery and would love to have some of your home brewers attend if they are interested. I do know that there's a competition the day before, I didn't realize that until after we had released our info. Our event it more festival style with a Brewers Choice and People's Choice winners. Hopefully in the years to come we can expand on that.  

I have attached the home brewers information packet in this email and also included a link to our registration form. Once you register via the form, you will receive an approval email from us saying you are on our list for the event! Make sure to share this info with any other home brewers you know that may be interested! Please register by August 20, the earlier the better, we will be capping this event for home brewers. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask!

Thanks and hope to see you or some of your members at Home Brew & Chill on Sunday, September 23 and taste your brews!

Registration Link:

Jessica Hickey

Founder | Director

Greensburg Craft Beer Week | Downtown Greensburg Project

Cell: 724-640-1677

Announcements from June Meeting

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, June 18th, 2018 @ 6:57pm


Just a few announcements from the meeting over the weekend.

First of all, many
thanks to Kerry Diehl for opening his home to us for the June meeting.  

Upcoming Meetings

July 21 - Tentatively at Voodoo in Homestead, Awaiting Confirmation. Invites will be send after we get things confirmed.

August - TBD. Likely August 7th or 8th. Hopefully, somewhere with A/C.

September - Oktoberfest Picnic. The last few TRASH picnics have seen a decline in attendance, and, due to heavy Beer and Sweat participation, we've had a decreasing number of kegs brought to compete for the coveted TRASHy Award. So we're moving the picnic to September, after Beer and Sweat. September is when we have our annual Oktoberfest party, and combining these two events just made good sense. Stay tuned for details.

Upcoming Beer Events

BJCP Beer Tasting Exam July 14 - There are still a couple of open seats. Please contact me or Chris Staub if you're interested in taking the exam or learning more about it.

Beer and Sweat - August 18 - World’s Largest Keg-Only Competition.  Trust me, this is an event that you don't want to miss. Friday night, there is a Bottle Share for the Ages. Saturday, you set up your kegs in the morning, and judge or steward a single flight in the afternoon. This year, there's a tech talk given by Fermentis some time prior to the Awards ceremony. Speaking of which...TRASH and the Bloatarian Brewing League have a decades long (friendly) rivalry based on competing for the King Swanky Award (Club with Most Points). The Bloats won last year, we won the year before. We need to bring King Swanky back to Pittsburgh, where it belongs!  Judge/Steward Registration is open now, and you can register entries starting July 4.

Steel City Big Pour is September 15. TRASH usually has center stage, and we'll be looking for volunteers for help pour. There's two shifts, and the requested amount is 1 keg per brewer per shift. We'll provide more details as the date gets closer.

Brewing Up A Cure - September 22.



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Saturday 16th
11am June Meeting - Kerry Diehl's House
July 2018
Saturday 14th
12pm July Meeting - BOS Release at Helicon
August 2018
Saturday 4th
1pm August Meeting - VooDoo Homestead
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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


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