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

November Members Meeting – 11/12/2015

The November BAM members’ meeting is this Thursday, November 12th at 7pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda.  Our own Paul Keefer will be presenting on the art of blending beers.  Should be a great topic!

Also, those participating in the SOQ IPA recipe showdown competition can bring a sanitized container in order to receive some free Drake’s yeast slurry to use in their recipes.  The SOQ will be judged at the BAM Christmas party on Saturday, December 12th, so you need to be brewing by this weekend at the latest in order to get your beer ready in time.

Please let any of the officers know if you have any questions, etc.  We hope to see you all there!

Style of the Quarter – Q4 2015

Smoked Beer SOQ Results
Congrats to our winners – lots of great beers submitted!
  1. Mike Charlton with a Mesquite Smoked Chipotle Porter
  2. Owen and Will Imholte with a Session Scotch Ale
  3. Dan Morgan with a Smoked Apple Ale
Q4 SOQ Contest
We’re switching things up for this quarter’s comp – we’ve got a multi-gold medal winning IPA recipe from our very own Jason Davis that everyone will brew, with the resulting beers to be judged at the BAM Christmas Party in December using a ‘People’s Choice’ format.  A few details:
  • See attached for the recipe that was handed out last night
  • Contestants need to bring at least 1/2 gallon of beer to the xmas party (64oz growler, six-pack, etc.) – we’ll have a process to make it a ‘blind’ tasting
  • We will also plan to have the tap board up for those that can bring a full keg of their beer (perfect if you brew 10g – keep one / bring one!)
1 final note on ingredients for the beer
  • I will be bringing some Drake’s 001 to the November meeting to share – if you’d like some, please bring a clean / sanitized container to the meeting



UPDATED: October Members Meeting – 10/8/2015

The October members’ meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, October 8th at 7pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda.  This month we will be talking about the next SOQ along with the Sacramento Beer Tour.

The next SOQ will be a competition to brew an award-winning recipe yourself, and then we will see who can brew it the best. The small details are always what change a great recipe into a mediocre beer, and vice versa, so we’ll start with the strong recipe and see how everyone can prevail. The recipe that we chose was BAM’s Jason Davis’s IPA recipe which has won many, many awards at BJCP competitions. We will have our own Brian Buckingham (who also makes amazing IPAs) go over several tips and tricks on how to brew IPAs with award-winning success.

Also, we will be serving some beer from Sacramento’s Track 7 brewery in order to get people pumped up for the upcoming trip. There are still tickets available (free to BAM members), so be sure to sign up ASAP if you’d like to join in.

As always, feel to ask the officers if you have any questions about the above items, and we hope to see everyone Thursday at Faction at 7pm!


October BAM Social: Oktoberfest at Speisekammer

Join us on Sunday, October 11th for our monthly social outing. This month it seems only fitting to go to an Oktoberfest at Speisekammer in Alameda There will be beer, music, meat and a bounce house, so how can you go wrong? The event is free to get in to, and runs noon until 6pm. As with all socials, the beer and food cost is not being paid by BAM, but show up and buy a beer and hang out with BAM members!
Speisekammer is at 2424 Lincoln Ave in Alameda.
Hope to see you there!

September 2015 Meeting

Hey BAMers!  Thursday Sept 10th is the September members’ meeting for BAM, and this month the presentation is featuring Jason Davis talking about Kettle Souring.  If you’re not familiar with this method, this is a way to make sour beers in a matter of weeks (instead of months or years) without having to buy a second set of fermentation equipment.  We should also have a good selection of homebrewed kettle sours from various members to sample.

As usual, the meeting social starts at 7p, with announcements and the presentation starting at 7:30p.  Hope to see everyone there!
UPDATE: Here are the slides from the meeting on Fast Wort Souring.

Next Meeting

The December holiday party will be held at Faction Brewing in Alameda, CA on Saturday December 13th at 2pm.

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

This quarter's SOQ will be judged by "people's choice." Bring at least 1/2 gallon of beer to our Holiday Party on December 12. Congratulations to our winners for the last SOQ (Smoked Beer).