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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

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

November Member Meeting – 2016/11/10

Hey BAMers!  This is your monthly reminder that the BAM members’ meeting for this month is on Thursday, Nov 10th, at 7pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda.  Unfortunately, Nate Smith had to reschedule his presentation for next spring, so we will instead be featuring an updated talk about Sanitation and Cleaning for Brewing by our very own Paul Keefer.  Please bring a glass and beer to share with your fellow homebrewers.

Also, since it’s getting to be that time of year again, we will be selling BAM hoodies at this month’s meeting.  We won’t be able to reserve any hoodies or sell them outside of this month’s meeting (although we probably will be selling hoodies at the Xmas party as well), so if you’d like to buy one, either attend the meeting on Thursday or have someone else that is attending purchase one for you instead.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of the officers.
Materials from the meeting:

October Member Meeting – 10/13/2016

This month’s BAM members’ meeting will be this Thursday, October 13th, from 7-9p at Faction Brewing in Alameda. Matt Youngblut will be giving a simplified talk on Alcohols, Acids, and Esters in Beer. This is a huge topic in brewing/fermentation, so he hopes to be able to explain these compounds in terms of what they are, where they come from, and what they taste like. As always, please bring a glass and beer to share.

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

Slides from Matt’s talk.