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

July Member Meeting – 07/14/2016

Hello BAMers! This is a reminder that the July members’ meeting is this Thursday, July 14th, at 7pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda. We will be featuring a talk by Dan from Cleophus Quealy about Fruit Addition Beers, which is the theme of the next SOQ competition. As always, please bring a glass and some beer to share, either your own homebrew or your favorite commercial beer.

We will also be announcing the new elected officers and asking people to volunteer for appointed positions, namely a new SOQ Coordinator. If you’re interested in filling this role, please let us know. There will also be an announcement of the upcoming Multiclub picnic on August 21st (details to follow in a separate email).

Please let any of the officers know if you have any questions, and we hope to see you all there!

June Member Meeting – 06/09/2016

This month’s meeting will be held on June 9th, same bat-time, same bat-place.
(Faction Brewing, 7:30PM with social half hour before)

This month we’ll have a special guest. Alex Tweet of Fieldwork Brewing will be coming to talk about his stouts, what he’s doing differently, what makes a stout good or bad. He’ll be bringing some examples of his work, and I think we’ll also have some other commercial beers selected to talk about in addition to his. We’d hoped to have this talk for our SOQ, but it will be worth the wait.

Bring a glass and bring some beer to share. If you have a beer you’d like some feedback on, by all means bring those for the feedback table.

May Member Meeting – 05/12/2016

Presentation slides from the meeting.

This month’s main presentation will be done by our V.P. Matt Youngblut. The topic is partigyle brewing (two beers from one mash) based on a Belgian Dubbel with the second beer being a Single or Patersbier.  This should be a great presentation for those thrifty brewers out there!

Social hour starts at 7 PM with meeting business starting at 7:30.

Bring a glass and bring some beer to share. If you have a beer you’d like some feedback on, by all means bring those for the feedback table.

Also, we’ll have the new BAM hoodies available for purchase. We can take cash, check or credit card.

See you next Thursday!

Q2 SOQ – Wheat Beers

Congratulations again to our SOQ winners for the World Cup Stout contest!

  1. Patrick Bennett and Brian Buckingham
  2. Aaron Schleifer
  3. Jason Davis

As discussed at last week’s meeting, we will be focusing on Wheat Beers for the upcoming SOQ – which actually encompasses quite a few styles. Please plan on brewing one of the following bjcp styles (and making sure you note the style on your entry):

  • 1D – American Wheat

Any of the 3 category 10 German Wheat beers

  • 22D – Wheatwine
  • 23A – Berliner Weisse
  • 24A – Witbeer

And the Historical:

  • 27 – Gose

As usual, beers are due at Oak Barrel the first Thursday of the last month of the quarter – in this case, Thursday June 2nd. Please check out the SOQ page on the BAM website for all details regarding standards for submitting to the contest, and let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Brewing!

April Member Meeting – 04/14/2016

Hey BAMers!  This is just a reminder that this month’s BAM member meeting is tomorrow, Thursday April 14th, at 7pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda.  This month’s presentation will be on the next SOQ, Wheat Beers, by Scott Satterthwaite, a BAM member who has won awards in the past for his efforts in this category.  This will be a great opportunity to pick up tips and ask questions so that YOU might be the person to win this in-house competition.

Additionally, this month we will be starting to sell the new BAM Logo hoodie sweatshirts to members.  These hoodies are black with a large BAM skull and cross-paddles logo on the back and the same, but smaller, logo on the front breast pocket.  The costs are:
  • Independent (premium) S-XL : $40 cash / $41 credit
  • Independent (premium) 2XL :  $44 cash / $45 credit
  • Gildan (lightweight) S-XL :   $21 cash / $22 credit
  • Gildan (lightweight) 2XL :    $25 cash / $26 credit
The additional cost for the credit purchase is to cover the processing fees. These sweatshirts are being passed on to you, BAM members, AT COST, just because you’re awesome!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the officers. We hope to see you all there!

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

This quarter we will be combining the Q1 SOQ with World Cup – enter your Stout (Categories 14 or 15) beers into World Cup as normal, and be sure to note BAM as your club on the registration.