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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 BAM Members Meeting – Thursday May 11th

Hey BAMers! This Thursday, May 11th from 7-9pm, we will be having our May members’ meeting at Faction Brewing in Alameda. This month will feature a talk from our very own Ian Carswell on The Grainfather brewing system, which is an all-in-one all-grain brewing setup that is becoming quite popular these days. As usual, please bring a glass and some beer to share with your fellow homebrewers.

Additionally, we will also have a brief update on the Rogue IPA competition from the project leader for that, Jason Davis. A group of ~8 of us BAMers got together recently to brew and submit two versions of the same beer to Rogue, and we took first place with the Raspberry IPA version! I want to congratulate all of those that helped out with the project, and we’ll let everyone know when the final beer is brewed and put on tap at Rogue in SF. We will also be serving both IPAs (with and without the fruit addition) at Thursday’s meeting so everyone will have an opportunity to have some of our winning beer!

We hope to see you all there!

2017 SOQ 2 – Hazy IPAs with Sea Salt

Hey BAMers!  Here is the information for the next Style of the Quarter competition in conjunction with Barebottle, Hazy IPAs with Sea Salt.  For those of you who weren’t at the meeting last night, Barebottle is a relatively new brewery in SF that tries to focus on local ingredients in their beers. They’ve had two previous competitions with SFHG that have yielded them great results, so now they’re opening it up to BAM and the Mad Z’s in addition to SFHG.  The competition rules are:

  • Must use Gigayeast 054 Vermont Ale.  Gigayeast is selling participants in this SOQ discounted packs of this yeast at only $4.80 each!  We set up a Tilt campaign to collect orders for these.  Please use this link: https://www.tilt.com/tilts/gigayeast-054-vermont-ale-packs-barebottle-comp.  Tilt works by collecting everyone’s orders and then charges you when the campaign ends, which in this case is 11:59PM PST on April 18th (next Tuesday).  We will then have the packs for BAMers shipped to Oak Barrel where people can pick them up.
  • Must use salt.  Lester gave good tips on this last night, but the main point is to be careful because it can be very easy to overdo it.
  • Entries are due on Thursday, June 1st at Oak Barrel in Berkeley by closing time.  We will then judge these beers the next week and the top two scoring beers will be sent to Barebottle for final judging (in addition to the normal SOQ prizes of gift certificates to Oak Barrel).
The winning beers from all 3 clubs will be brewed by Barebottle and put on tap in their tap room for public judging.  They will also send out kegs to select accounts in each club’s respective markets (e.g. Beer Rev will probably get a keg), so that we can try our club’s winning beer without having to drive into SF.  Lastly, the club beer that gets the most votes in the Barebottle tap room will be put into regular production!  Let’s win this!

April BAM Members Meeting – Thursday April 13th

Hi BAMers!  In addition to the info from Gene, this Thursday’s meeting will feature a talk about the next SOQ from Lester Koga from Barebottle in SF.  This SOQ style will be Hazy IPA with Sea Salt featuring local ingredients.  Lester will be bringing some Bay Area sea salt to distribute, and we will be setting up a Tilt campaign to procure reduced price pitches of Vermont yeast from Gigayeast.  The two top scoring beers from BAM from this SOQ will then go on to Barebottle, where they will decide the overall winner from BAM, at which time that beer will be brewed at Barebottle and then put on tap at select East Bay accounts!  Mad Z’s and SFHG are also participating in this manner, and all three winning beers will go on tap at Barebottle.  Patrons can then vote on these beers at Barebottle, and the Grand Prize winner will see their beer go into full production!

Lastly, this month’s meeting will be at Faction Brewing in Alameda from 7-9pm.  Please bring a glass and some beer to share.  We hope to see everyone there!

Keefer’s Flanders Red Recipe

By popular demand: Keefer’s Flanders Red

March BAM Members Meeting – Thursday March 9th

Hey BAMers!  This week we’re having our March members’ meeting at the usual Faction Brewing in Alameda this Thursday from 7-9pm.  This month we’re continuing our “Share Your Brew” series, and Robert Ayasse has volunteered to share some of his beer and talk about his recipes/process.  As always, please bring a glass and some beer to share.

Also, next month is our World Cup of Beer finals party!  This year, the event is being held at Faction Brewing on Saturday, April 1st.  More details can be found here: https://www.worldcupofbeer.com/.  Additionally, the deadline to submit your beers for World Cup is THIS THURSDAY AT NOON.  You can register your entries up until then, but your beers must arrive at one of the drop off locations before this time.
If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Belgian Ale Recipe from the talk.