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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.

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Charlie Bamforth at BAM meeting this Thursday May 12

Come out to Faction Brewing this Thursday May 12th because Charlie Bamforth will be down from Davis to present on Gluten-free and reduced brewing at the monthly BAM meeting.

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World Cup of Beer Competition: Results

Want to review the winners? Looking for your feedback scoresheets? Head back to the registration page on the world cup website. Log in for your scoresheets before July 1 at which point they’ll be deleted from the server.

Congratulations to Adam Bradley for winning Best of Show this year with his Munich Dunkel!

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SOQ 2022 2nd Quarter: Brewing with Girl Scout Cookies

Do you already miss girl scout cookies? Well now’s the time to immortalize your cookie craving by brewing a beer to play off the flavor of your favorite girl scout cookie!
Thanks to Greg for inspiring the challenge and for his presentation that you can find here which has plenty of ideas to consider, such as the following:

  • Pastry Stout made with Samoas (Carmel, Chocolate & Coconut) 
  • Hefe with Lemon-ups
  • Peanut Butter Porter
  • Bock Shortbread
  • what else can you come up with?

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RULES
Develop a recipe or find one online Submit three (3) bottles:

  • One will be used for judging with scores and feedback
  • One will be used for finals judging: a mini-BOS to occur live during the July meeting
  • One will be shared with membership during July BAM meeting

Due date: June 25th (End of day/closing) by delivering to: 

  • Oak Barrel in Berkeley
  • Ian’s share box in South Berkeley
  • (or reach out to me if you’re having trouble with those dropoff points)

Label should be attached to bottles with rubber band. Must include:

  • YOUR NAME
  • Base beer
  • Must declare which cookie type was used/attempted
  • PLEASE INDICATE “BAM SOQ”

Valid Entries:

  • Any Beer made with Girl Scout Cookies as an ingredient
  • Any Beer which successfully resembles the flavor of any style of Girl Scout Cookie

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SOQ 2022 1st Quarter: Brown British Beer

Congrats to this quarter’s winners! This was a crowded set of styles at the World Cup of Beer, but these entries all scored really well (mid-30s).

1st place tie! Cameron Kopas (English Porter) and Sam Kopp (English Brown)
2nd place: Patrick Sosinski (English Porter)
3rd place: Sean Clinton (English Porter)

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This style of the quarter will coincide with the 27th annual World Cup of Beer. To participate, brew any of the following styles and formally enter it into the World Cup of Beer by the deadline of Wednesday, March 9th. All entries of these styles with BAM indicated as the Homebrew Club on the entry label will automatically qualify for this SOQ. We will simply rank the subset of BAM entrants to generate our SOQ winners.

13A. Dark Mild
A dark, low-gravity, malt-focused British session ale readily suited to drinking in quantity. Refreshing, yet flavorful, with a wide range of dark malt or dark sugar expression.

13B. British Brown Ale
A malty, brown caramel-centric British ale without the roasted flavors of a Porter.

13C. English Porter
A moderate-strength brown beer with a restrained roasty character and bitterness. May have a range of roasted flavors, generally without burnt qualities, and often has a chocolate-caramel-malty profile.

Download the presentation for inspiration and recipes, and please plan ahead to meet the March 9 deadline!

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