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3rd Annual Brews and Brats at Nemacolin - October 7

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 @ 7:49pm


The 3rd annual Brews and Brats will be taking place on Saturday, October 7 at Nemacolin Resort.   This is a fun pouring event, TRASH is usually well-represented.  Plus, you get a free night's stay at the resort.  This year, there's a people's choice award that comes with a really cool prize.   Please read the note below and then contact Bob Landsparger at to register.  



The event will be held at our Ski Lodge where the guest would pay for admission for unlimited samplings no more than 3 oz., and purchase food. We are expecting between 1,000 to 1,500 people attending the event. Guests will also receive tickets to vote for their favorite booth. For the home brewers, we will do a people's choice for them, and whoever wins will receive a prize. Ideally I want to keep this as a secret for those who want to participate, but the prize is the opportunity for Penn Brewery to work with the winner and make his/her brew of their choice using Penn Brewery's small batch system. You can bring whatever makes it easier for you (bottle, can, draft). The breweries will donate their beer for the event and Nemacolin will provide the following:

•             Ice cooler filled with ice

•             Souvenir glasses for all paid admissions for sampling

•             Security

•             Live entertainment throughout the day

•             Bottled water & 2 meal vouchers per vendor


We also offer a complimentary night stay at the resort.  If you sign up, and there is a room available, you can use that free night stay then. If that is no longer available, or you decline on that offer, you can pick a later date of your choosing (blackout dates apply). We usually get a good mix of vendors taking the offer or picking a later date.

Announcement: Cider Buy October 7

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, August 14th, 2017 @ 6:37pm

The 2017 TRASH Cider pickup will be held at 8:00 AM sharp on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Soergel Orchards in Wexford. Like last year, they will be pressing the cider for us the day before from a blend of apples well suited to making hard cider. It will be cold-stored and unpasteurized or treated. Like last year, we need to get in and out as quickly as possible since this is their crazy-go-nuts busy season. If you've seen Soergels at noon on a Saturday in October, trust me - you want to get out of there early. Timur Snoke ha graciously agreed to coordinate the cider buy this year, and even convinced us to open it up to TRUB because they're cool folks and we like them.

To get in on the group buy you must be dues-paid TRASH or TRUB member. (You can join now if you really want in on the action at!) Cider will be $3.75/gallon and you must pay for it in advance via PayPal. To purchase cider, just send us an email at and we'll respond with how to pay. All orders and payment must be received by 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 28th.


If you purchase cider and do now show up to pick it up at 8:00 on October 7th, your cider will be forfeited and divided up among those in attendance, and you will be burned in effigy.

You must bring your own containers to the cider pickup. Any large-mouth vessel is fine - a fermenter bucket, a corny keg, a Big Mouth Bubbler-type carboy. Heck, bring your conical if you want. Just do not bring standard-mouth carboys, whether they're plastic or glass. The reason is the hose doesn't fit and filling them requires a funnel and throttling of the juice - it's a hassle. Buckets with lids or kegs are probably the best & easiest vessels to use.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to post to the TRASH forum or Facebook group to start a discussion.  



TRASH and Steel City Big Pour

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, August 14th, 2017 @ 6:27pm


Chris Meta is again coordinating our participation in the annual Steel City Big Pour.   Our station is one of the most popular.  It's a fun time and it's for a good cause.  Please see his email below and contact him if you're interested in participating.


TRASH will once again be participating at the Steel City Big Pour on
Septembeer 9, 2017. If you've been to the Big Pour, you already know
how LARGE a part we play in the event. If not, then you need to see
for yourself!

We are looking for paid-up members to serve their beer at this year's event.
There are two sessions (12-3 and 5-8), and we usually ask for 2 kegs
per person per session. We get allotted a certain amount of daily
passes, and we have some brewers who stay for the whole day, and some
who rotate out midway through the event.

If you are interested AT ALL in participating in this year's event,
please send me an email ( with the following:

- How many kegs you are willing and able to bring
- What sessions (all day, early, or late) you would prefer to work

Once we have a handle on WHO is coming, we can start to figure out the lineup.

Even if you think you don't have enough beer, but are interested in
volunteering, please
let me know, in case we have an extra opening after everyone responds.

If you have any questions, follow-up with an email, text, or call.

Chris Meta

November 2017 Meeting - Leaning Cask Brewing

  • Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: 850 Pittsburgh St, Springdale, PA 15144

    Our November Meeting will be at Leaning Cask brewing in Springdale on Sunday November 19 at…

    • 4 people are attending

Reminder: Picnic This Weekend

E-mail sent by Sean Kinnas, Monday, July 31st, 2017 @ 7:03pm


The club's 2017 Summer Picnic will be held at the Den shelter on Centerview Drive in Boyce Park on Saturday, August 5th at 12:00pm.  The shelter sits on a slight uphill with a level area around the shelter. It is located on Centerview Drive with parking spots along side the road downhill from the shelter. 

This is a family friendly event.  We'll have a brief meeting to go over general annoucements, but this is mainly a chance to get together, share some beer and food, and have a good time.  And have a homebrew gear swap meet!

The picnic is open to everyone - members and guests alike.

All food will be done pot-luck style. We had a great potluck last year.  Let's do it again! Post what your bringing here.  As of right now, only two people have posted what they're bringing. 

We're a homebrew club, so bring homebrew!  Glass containers are prohibited in all county parks, so bring your beer in kegs, stainless growlers, or plastic bottles.  One and two liter soda bottles work great as disposable growlers to fill from your kegs, and 20 ounce soda bottles work well for bottle-conditioning beer.  The club will provide some non alcoholic drinks - soda & bottled water.

Swap Meet
We're going to hold a homebrew swap meet / yard sale / flea market / what-have-you at the picnic.  If you have homebrew gear you're looking to sell or trade, bring it!  If you're looking to buy anything, bring cash!  Table space may be short in the pavilion, so if you're setting up to sell stuff bring a folding table for it if you can.  You can post what you're bringing for the swap meet here.

The kegged homebrew voted by popular opnion to be the best one gets the coveted TRASHY Award!  

If you have picnic / cookout games, bring them!  Cornhole, horseshoes, frisbee, hackey sack, wiffleball, whatever.  Anyone have a set of Jarts?  Keg toss!

Upcoming Meetings
Offical invites are coming soon to an inbox near you.  Here's the plans for the next several meetings.  Some details to 
September (Oktoberfest) -  Fury Brewing, Saturday, September 16, 12 pm.  Bring German Beer and German Food!
October - Brew Gentlemen, Sunday 10/22, 12 pm
November - Leaning Cask Brewing, Sunday 11/19, 2pm
December (Holiday Party) - James Street Gastro Pub and Speakeasy, Sunday 12/10 at 3pm.  Bring the family!


December 2017 - Holiday Party - James Street

  • Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 3pm - 7pm
    Location: James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, 422 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Our Annual Holiday Party will be at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy on Sunday December…

    • 3 people are attending

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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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