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.
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The first SOQ of 2021, get into some new brew science on a making juicy, hazy, smooth NEIPA.
See Jason Davis’ slideshow on his guidance for making a beer in this style according to BJCP guidelines and other best practices.
BJCP provisional style 21B lists the “official” observations to be found in this style here: https://dev.bjcp.org/beer-styles/21b-specialty-ipa-new-england-ipa/
Have fun making this style in Q1. If you feel like submitting the beer for our friendly, internal competition, please submit 2 bottles to Ian’s bottle box or OakBarrel by March 31, 2021.
Congratulations to our homebrew competition winners! This quarter was an excellent showing with 15 entries and they were quite competitive.
1st Place: Stephen Haas, American Stout
2nd Place: Sam Kopp, Schwarzbier
3rd Place: Julian Borrill, Imperial Stout
The style of the quarter Q4 will be as special one as it will go above and beyond our typical SOQ competitions.
The goal is to improve outreach and inclusion for Black people with regard to homebrewing and joining our awesome social club. BAM intends to share our passion for beer and interest in sharing something you can do solo, and especially during COVID-19 lockdown!
As we celebrate Black is Beautiful, we have several ways for our members to engage in the cause:
- SOQ competition will be held for beers that are black in color (SRM 40) but otherwise freestyle.
- Members, independently of entries, may donate to the collective BAM donation with or without entering in the competition
- The collective BAM donation will be UnCommon Law, a local foundations that support police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have been wronged
- We will create a donate button for BAM to solicit donations
- Tech and/or social committees and/or an ad-hoc committee will coordinate further engagement opportunities, aiming for at least one notable event/engagement this quarter
- Other members are invited to participate in ideation or carrying out various tasks
- Ideas could include BAM members as guest speakers to Black social clubs. Team up with a social group from Oakland
- We can demonstrate brewing; share tastings (maybe)
- Please reach out to email@example.com if you would like to get involved!
We will attempt to judge the competition beers safely using at least one designated dropoff location. The drop-off for entries is at (1) OakBarrel, or (2) Ian Carswell’s home in Berkeley using his safe bottle swap system (place bottles in the right-hand bin within the wooden box on his porch).
The entries are due at the end of the quarter on December 31. Note: if you are dropping off 2 bottles for entry plus more for sharing with the bottle swap system, please clearly label the two entries for judging as separate from those up for grabs by the club!