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

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’ll be having a talk by Jay Goodwin, co-owner and head brewer of The Rare Barrel. He will be talking about barrel aged sour beers (of course), what they’ve been up to at RB, as well as have a Q&A session, so please have questions in mind to ask Jay.

Feel free to ask any of the officers if you have any questions. We hope to see you all there!

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.

Style of the Quarter – Q3 2015

At our July meeting, we announced the winers of the Q2 Style of the Quarter (SOQ), the “Rye” Challenge:

  • 1st place: James Duerr for his “Rye Bite” American Rye bee
  • 2nd place: Patrick Bennett and Brian Buckingham for their American Rye Stout
  • 3rd place: Gilbert Guerrero for his “California Rye” California Common beer

Congratulations  to the winner!

­ Brian Buckingham, our SOQ coordinator, also  introduced the third quarter challenge, Smoked Beers! For those at the July meeting, you heard Lee Shepard talk about smoked beers, and tried a few samples, so are a leg up on the competition. For the rest, you can read the slides here.

For this competition, you can enter any BJCP category of beer, so long as it incorporates smoked malt.

Due date will be first Thursday in September (the 3rd), with entries being dropped off at the Oak Barrel in Berkeley.

Start thinking through recipe and schedule brew day soon, as smoked beers almost always benefit from a longer period of mellowing. If you can’t wait to try all these amazing creation, be sure to volunteer for the judging sessions when Brian sends out the email. All experiences of judges (from novice to advances) are welcome, and it’s a great way to get a “taste” for the world of beer judging.

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).