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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

August Member Meeting – 08/11/2016

Hey BAMers! The BAM August Members’ Meeting is this Thursday, August 11th, from 7-9pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda. We will be featuring a talk by Mike “Tasty” McDole on Quick Turnaround Lagers. I’m sure that there will be a lot of great info on how to make beers in a few weeks that normally take months!

In addition to the presentation, we will also be holding the silent auction of Lee Shepard’s rare beers from his cellar. Proceeds will be going to his estate and to help out future BJCP classes held in Lee’s memory. More information can be found at https://www.bayareamashers.org/lee-shephard-bottle-auction/.

Lastly, if you haven’t done so, please pay your dues! People that have not paid their dues will be removed from the mailing list very soon. The easiest way to pay your dues is by going to bayareamashers.org/join and pay via PayPal or Square.

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

Q3 SOQ – Fruit Beers.

This quarter’s style of the quarter is fruit beers.  Fruit beers are category 29 and 28C (Wild Specialty Beer) in the BJCP Guidelines.

As usual, beers are due at Oak Barrel the first Thursday of the last month of the quarter – in this case, Thursday September 1st.  Please check out the SOQ page on the BAM website for all details regarding standards for submitting to the contest, and let Jon know if you have any questions.

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!

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.