E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 @ 8:59pm
Hey TRASH brewers,
A couple months ago club member Chris Staub won Best of Show and the East End Sessionable Award at the TRASH XXVI Homebrew Competition with his Kentucky Common called "Five Teeth Short of a Smile." He got to scale his recipe up and brew it at EEBC, and the first keg will be tapped tomorrow night at the brewery on Julius Street. Why not head on out to East End to toast Chris and enjoy his delicious beer?
Also, there will be another celebration of Chris's beer this Saturday evening, July 30th at EEBC's new tap room in the Strip District. If you've been wanting to check out the new place, what better time than when a TRASH beer will be on tap?
The folks at Allegheny City are graciously hosting us even though they're not fully up to production yet. They're making beer, but unfortunately (for us, that is) they managed to sell out and won't have any on tap this weekend. But luckily we're a homebrew club and we know how to make beer! They're still excited to host us and show off their new place, so don't let that stop you from coming out! Just bring plenty of homebrew to pass around. They're still looking forward to meeting all of us, and we'll be sure to schedule another meeting at ACBC after they're up and running at full production.
Also, remember there's a quarterly mini competition at this meeting. Two, actually: cider and beer brewed at the Big Brew a couple months ago. The winners of each category (voted on by those in attendance) will recieve $25 in South Hills Brewing Supply gift certificates and a bottle of Star-San. Bring out your best cider and your Big Brew beers!
E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 @ 8:21pm
Good evening, TRASH brewers! Just a few more bits of club business for you on a beautiful Wednesday evening...
Competition Prizes - Last Call!
If you won any medals at TRASH XXVI in April but weren't there at the awards banquet to pick up your prizes, you have one more chance to claim your goods - at the TRASH meeting this Saturday. Please RSVP if you're coming, and you aim to pick up your prizes you must email us to let us know to bring them. There are quite a few prizes remaining, so take a look at the attached PDF to see what you're missing out on if you haven't claimed yours. All unclaimed prizes will be returned to the club's prize kitty after this weekend, and many of them will be raffled off at the summer picnic in August.
And thanks once more to all our amazing donors & sponsors who contributed all these prizes for the competiton!
Quarterly Mini Competition at July Meeting
We forgot to include information about the quarterly mini competition to be held at the July Meeting at Allegheny City Brewing Co. in the meeting invite. The mini competition this time around will be open to cider and Big Brew Beer. Bring out your best hard cider and bring the beer you brewed at the Big Brew at MoreBeer back in May. Prizes will go to the winner (based on popular vote) of the best cider and the best beer. As always, you must be a dues-paid TRASH member to participate in the mini-competition. You can RSVP for the July meeting here: http://www.trashhomebrewers.org/item/1059891
The Birds & the Beers
The folks at the soon-to-open War Streets Brewery on the North Side asked us to share the details of an upcoming festival they'll be at along with several other local breweries - all of whom are good friends to TRASH. If you're looking for a great way to kick off you holiday weekend next Friday, here you go! https://www.facebook.com/events/272177833133419/
Assitant Brewer Wanted at ShuBrew
ShuBrew in Zielienople is looking for a full-time assistant brewer. Many local brewers have come out of the TRASH homebrew club. Will you be the next?
"We are looking for someone with brewing experience and a vast knowledge of the brewing process. Seeking the best overall candidate, so professional brewing experience is not necessarily required. Tasks would include: assisting with daily brewing operations, keg cleaning/filling, quality control, yeast propagation, inventory, brewhouse maintenance and upkeep, etc. In addition to brewing qualifications, we would prefer someone that is crafty in other areas as well; this too is not a requirement. e.g. carpentry, plumbing, basic electrical, etc. Please feel free to apply if you meet any or all of these qualifications. This is a full-time position.
E-mail sent by Jack Smith, Thursday, June 16th, 2016 @ 8:49pm
It's been a while since we've been in touch, so we figured we should send out some updates & reminders.
June Meeting - Please RSVP
First, don't forget our June meeting is in a little over a week - Saturday, June 25th at 4:00 PM. If you're coming, PLEASE RSVP on the event page on our web site or on facebook. We want to get an accurate head count so Chris knows how much food to make. If you're on the fence about going, just go. It's always an awesome meeting at a relaxed location with lots of great beer & food. Chris provides the food, it's up to all of us to provide the beer. Luckily we all know some people that make beer! RSVP at one of these links:
Bulk Honey Buy
One of our members has a contact with an apiary where we can get local honey in bulk. The price would be about $3.50 per pound. We might be interested in putting together a bulk honey buy for dues-paid TRASH members but we would like to find a motivated club member who knows a thing or two about honey to lead the charge - taking orders and organizing payment, setting pickup date, etc. If you're intersted in organizing the bulk buy, please let us know. Furthermore, if you're interesting in getting in on the bulk buy but not in organizing it, also let us know - it would be good to know how much interest there is in this.
August Picnic - Sign up for the Potluck!
It's still a couple months off, but hopefully you're thinking about the summer picnic at North Park on August 13th! Like last year we're going to do food potluck style. Everyone brought so much great food & beer last year, we want to keep that tradition going. Full details & a link to sign up for the potluck can be found here:
And don't forget we'll be having a homebrewing-themed swap meet at the picnic! If you have any gear you're looking to sell, bring it out and show it off. And be sure to bring cash, because you know you'll spot something you want to take home with you.
Also, the TRASHY award will be returning this year. This award is given to the best beer available in a keg at the picnic, as voted by those in attendance. Attached to this email is a scan of the original description of the TRASHY award from it's first year - written by Terry and recently uncovered & passed along to us by Ed. Bring your kegs and attempt to get your name on the trophy alongside some icons of Pittsburgh homebrewing. This is much more illustrious than any old Stanley Cup.
It's getting closer & closer to that time - nominations for our next club president & treasurer are due no later than the October meeting. Elections will be held in November. That's still a season and a half away, but if you are at all interested in helping to keep our awesome club rolling, please consider taking on one of these roles. If you're a financially-minded person, we'd love it if you're donate some time to serving as the club treasurer. If you're good at organizing meetings & events, you'd make a great president - because most of what the president does is make sure we have somewhere to meet each month and make sure everyone knows when & where that meeting is.
Unfortunately we won't be able to have our traditional Oktoberfest meeting this year, but we're working on setting up a replacement that should make everyone happy. We hope to have the date, time, location nailed down and announced in the next month or so.