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

February BAM Members’ Meeting – Thursday Feb 9th

Hey BAMers!  The February member meeting is nearly upon us and will take place this Thursday, February 9th at 7pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda.  We will be featuring a talk by DOZE’s Vito Delucchi on the Turbid Mashing project that he and several others have worked on for the last year.  For those of you that are unfamiliar about this technique, turbid mashing is a traditional wort production method developed in Belgium.  More about this technique can be read at:

As always, please bring a glass and beer to share with your fellow homebrewers.  Just let us know if you have any questions.

2017 SOQ1 – Select Scottish Ales and Irish Red

So the first Style of the Quarter for 2017 is for Select Scottish Ales and Irish Red Ales (BJCP 14a-c, 15a, 17c http://bjcp.org/).  Presentation slides are available on the BAM website meeting minutes for January 2017 – Bay Area Mashers Homebrew Club
These entries will be judged in the World Cup of Beer competition that our club hosts.  Entries should follow the regular WCoB entry guidelines found at https://www.worldcupofbeer.com/
To be eligible, you must have a current BAM membership and you must register your entries as related to club BAM.  Winners will be determined by overall score, possibly, but not necessarily in a head-to-head tasting by the same judges (it can get complicated).
May the malt be with you!

January Member Meeting – 2017/01/12

Hi BAMers!  The January BAM members’ meeting is nearly upon us and will be held on this Thursday from 7-9p at Faction Brewing in Alameda.  This month’s talk will be by Jon Sheehan on the next SOQ topic, which is select Scotch and Irish Ales.  These styles were the most underrepresented at last year’s World Cup competition, so we’re putting the challenge to you to brew your best beers and win this category!  Judging will be integrated into World Cup, and the details for this along with the relevant dates will be talked about at the meeting and posted on the BAM website.

As always, please bring a glass and some beer (homebrew or commercial) to share with your fellow homebrewers.  Let any of officers know if you have any questions.
Interesting in brewing a Scotch or Irish ale?  Checkout out the slides from the meeting.

End of Year Holiday Party – 2016-12-10

Hey BAMers!  This year’s club holiday party will once again be at Faction Brewing on Saturday, December 10th from 2-6pm.  This will take place of the usual Thursday meeting for the month.  We’ll be setting up the party at the back of the brewery, so please park in the “rear” of the building, which is the parking lot right next to the street.  We should have the door on that side propped open and marked with a sign for the party.

This is a potluck, so please bring food and beer to share with your fellow homebrewers.  All ages are welcome, but obviously only 21+ year olds can drink alcohol.  We will also setup power strips etc in case anyone wants to bring crockpots to keep dishes warm.

Lastly, once again this year we will be doing the Q4 SOQ judging at the holiday party by popular vote!  This SOQ category is Old Ales/Stock Ales/Winter Warmers.  We will have the tap board setup along with a couple of other picnic taps, but since we had such a large number of kegs last year, please bring your own dispensing equipment if you have some.  It’s better to have more than we need as opposed to scrambling to be able to serve everyone’s beers.  When you arrive, each BAM member will get votes for their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best choices, which you can use to vote for your favorite beers in the competition.  This means that the earlier that you arrive to the party with your entry, the greater the chance that you’ll have to get people’s votes.  We’ll then tally the results up around 5p, and the winners will receive gift certificates for Oak Barrel.

If you have any questions about the party, food, drink, or the competition, please let any of the other officers know.  We hope to see everyone there!

2016 Fourth Quarter SOQ – Old / Stock Ale

Old Ales are category 17B in the BJCP Guidelines.

Please Note: This is a keg competition to be judged, by popular vote,
at the BAM Christmas party on Saturday, December 10th.  If you bottle
condition your beers, those are also welcome.  Let Jon know if you
have any questions.

For some great info see Keefer’s presentation on Old Ales.

Congratulations to our winners:

1st place:  Matthew Youngblut
2nd place: Dannon Baker
3rd place: Theo Rohr