BAM is a non-profit homebrewing club with a membership based in the Northern California East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley area) that was formed in June 1990. Our goal is to promote and foster the art and science of brewing quality beer in the home and to have fun doing it.

Featured News & Updates

May 2015 Meeting

Hey BAMers! Fresh off of our talk on session beers, we’ve got another great presentation scheduled for the club in May.

As some of you may know, we have a couple barrel projects that are currently underway in the club, so we thought that barrel aged beers and barrel projects would be a great topic for next month’s presentation.

Due to his vast experience on this, Daniel has volunteered to give this talk. We’ll also probably have some commercial examples of barrel aged beers for you to try as well. So get your tasting glasses ready, and we’ll see you at Faction Brewing Company in May.

Never been to a BAM meeting? Thinking of joining the club? Our meetings are open to the public and we’d love for you to give us a whirl. Check out our new members section for more details.


Check out the slides from Dan’s awesome talk on barrel aged beers. If you weren’t at the meeting, you missed some great “bunghole” puns. Definitely the most giggling at a BAM event that I’ve ever heard.


Style of the Quarter – Q2 2015

Rye Beer!

Hey all – the votes are in, and Rye came away as the clear favorite when selecting the special ingredient for this round of SOQ.  Here are a few more details so you can start your brew planning:

Comp info:

  • Make the best darn beer with rye in it that you can!
  • Pick any style you like, and incorporate rye however you’d like, and in whatever quantity seems best.
  • Entries will be judged against both 1) the base style specified; and 2) the nature of the rye character in your beer.

Comp timing:

Entries due to Oak Barrel no later than Thursday, June 4th.  Brewing sometime in the next 3 weeks will be the prudent approach.

English Pale SOQ Winners

For those not at last month’s meeting, please join me in congratulating our winners of the English Pale SOQ.  With 18 entries from the club, there was some quite stiff competition, and many great beers.

1st place:  Zack Bassett (and 2nd place overall in category!)
2nd place:  Tim Milliken
3rd place:  Chris Niggel

Gift cards from Oak Barrel will be sent thru the mail for all those that registered as a BAM member and entered a beer in the category.


SOQ Coordinator

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at Faction Brewing in Alameda, CA on the second Thursday of the month. Social starts at 7:00pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm.

General Meeting Information

BAM (Bay Area Mashers) monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of each month. Meetings start at 7:30pm, but members and guests are encouraged to come at 7:00 to talk shop and socialize. As always, pot luck snacks are more than welcome, and be sure to bring a glass for tasting and some homebrew (store bought beer is okay, too) to share.

Style of the Quarter

Submissions for the next Style of the Quarter, Rye Challenge, are due Thursday June 4th at Oak Barrel so make sure to brew by the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd. Congratulations to our winners for the last SOQ (English Pale).