BAM is a homebrewing club with a membership based in the Northern California East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley area) that was formed in June 1990. Our main goals are to promote homebrewing and brewing better beer and to have fun while doing it. Many of our members are all-grain brewers, but we welcome all brewers wanting to learn.

Featured News & Updates

Christmas Party 2014

Hey BAMers!  It’s that wonderful time of year when we homebrewers get together and spread holiday cheer by sharing tasty libations with each other.  This year the Christmas party will be at Faction Brewing on Saturday December 13th at 2pm.  The address for those that need it is: 2501 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501

Please take note that this will take the place of the normal Thursday meeting for December.

Please also take note that there are specific parking directions!  We will be having the party in the main hangar on the opposite side from the tasting room.  Claudia asks that we park on that side of the building and not in the main parking lot.  She will have the hangar doors cracked open for us to enter through.  The goal is to not to disturb their regular Saturday tasting room business.
The Christmas party is typically a potluck, so please bring a dish and beverages to share with everyone.  I have the BAM picnic supplies, so we’ll be set for plates, plasticware, etc.  If anyone needs a ride, try to coordinate it through our Facebook page. Also, if you have any questions, feel free to email BAM officers’ list (officers@bayareamashers.org) or post on Facebook. We hope to see everyone there!

Learn To Homebrew Day 2014


Never homebrewed before?

Here’s your chance to see it in action and help out on a brew. Saturday November 1st is 2014 Learn To Homebrew Day. Here’s how it works :

Current Bay Area Mashers will be organizing brewdays at their houses and around town. The locations and times will be posted here (below) along with their contact info. Email them saying you’d like to attend and they’ll reply with directions and details. Meetup on Saturday, learn how homebrewing works and help out with the brew!

Learn To Homebrew Day Locations

Contact any of the hosts to join in the fun!

Are you a BAM homebrewer?

If you’d like to organize a brew day on Learn To Homebrew Day here’s what to do :

  1. Email the officers saying that you’re going to host a brew day on Saturday. Provide the street address that you’ll be brewing at.
  2. Register your Learn To Homebrew Day (use this page as the “website” field http://www.bayareamashers.org/blog/2014/10/27/learn-to-homebrew-day-2014/ )
  3. Find 3 (or more) people who haven’t brewed before to join you. These can be people you already know or people who contact you from the club or both.
  4. Keep your receipts for your materials.
  5. Take some photos and either share them in the Facebook group, in the Flickr group, or send them to the officers.

In return, the club will reimburse you for your materials costs (up to $50).

November 2014 Meeting

Next month we’ll be hosting the meeting back at Faction Brewing in Alameda.

The head brewer, Rodger Davis, will give us a tour of the facility and talk about the process of starting up his brewery. Bring your brewery related questions, a cup, and of course some homebrew to share. Should be a great meeting!

Also, if you’re participating in Matt’s yeast offer, remember to bring your cash and cooler (see his email for more details).


Speakeasy Brewer’s Wort Brew Day

Rylan Ortiz, one of our BAM Technical Coordinator’s, has been working with the BAM officers, in collaboration with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers (San Francisco), is considering brewing wort on the Speakeasy 15 barrel (500 gallon) brewhouse for the club to take and then ferment at home. The other intent is after fermentation and packaging of your share of beer, maybe a month later, come back to SE with it for a party.

Speakeasy also wants to award the Best of Show brewer with a gift certificate to their taproom.

The date will be end of October or early November, depending on the breweries expansion project deadlines. The brew day would most likely be a Saturday, however, it could be a Sunday too.

If you’re interested, send an email with the subject “Wort Off!!!!” to  rylan.ortiz@gmail.com with your conformation and contact information.

Below are some pictures of the 15BB system for all you equipment geeks.

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Style of the Quarter – Fall 2014

Hey everyone! This month’s presentation will be on Belgian beers, which also happens to be our upcoming Style of the Quarter.

Our speaker, Kim Sturdavant, is the brewmaster at Social Kitchen and Brewery, which opened about four years ago. Kim previously worked at Marin Brewing for five years with Arne Johnson.

So come out out and learn about Belgians, then get ready to compete in the club’s quarterly competition. For those that haven’t entered an event before, this is a great opportunity to see how competitions works (we use the same scoresheets, get some early feedback on your next award winning recipe, or just an excuse to brew something new.

Here are some more details on the SOQ this month, from our SOQ coordinator, Brian Buckingham:

  • SOQ topic:  Belgian beers, including any style within BJCP categories 16, 17 or 18
  • Due Date:  Thursday, December 4th @ Oak Barrel
  • Last weekend to brew by:  Assuming you are bottle conditioning or force carbonating with the ‘set and forget’ method, plan to brew no later than the weekend of October 25 – 26. While there are exceptions to every rule, please keep in mind that most belgian styles will benefit from additional aging, especially those styles with a higher ABV point.
  • Contest judging will take place during the month of December, with winners announced at the January 2015 regular meeting.

Next Meeting

No regular Thursday meeting this month in lieu of our Christmas Party on Saturday December 13th at 2pm at Faction Brewing Company in Alameda.

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.