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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

  • Today, 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 are attending

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.


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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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