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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Hey BAMers! Here is the information for the next Style of the Quarter competition in conjunction with Barebottle, Hazy IPAs with Sea Salt. For those of you who weren’t at the meeting last night, Barebottle is a relatively new brewery in SF that tries to focus on local ingredients in their beers. They’ve had two previous competitions with SFHG that have yielded them great results, so now they’re opening it up to BAM and the Mad Z’s in addition to SFHG. The competition rules are:
- Must use Gigayeast 054 Vermont Ale. Gigayeast is selling participants in this SOQ discounted packs of this yeast at only $4.80 each! We set up a Tilt campaign to collect orders for these. Please use this link: https://www.tilt.com/
tilts/gigayeast-054-vermont- ale-packs-barebottle-comp. Tilt works by collecting everyone’s orders and then charges you when the campaign ends, which in this case is 11:59PM PST on April 18th (next Tuesday). We will then have the packs for BAMers shipped to Oak Barrel where people can pick them up.
- Must use salt. Lester gave good tips on this last night, but the main point is to be careful because it can be very easy to overdo it.
- Entries are due on Thursday, June 1st at Oak Barrel in Berkeley by closing time. We will then judge these beers the next week and the top two scoring beers will be sent to Barebottle for final judging (in addition to the normal SOQ prizes of gift certificates to Oak Barrel).
Hi BAMers! In addition to the info from Gene, this Thursday’s meeting will feature a talk about the next SOQ from Lester Koga from Barebottle in SF. This SOQ style will be Hazy IPA with Sea Salt featuring local ingredients. Lester will be bringing some Bay Area sea salt to distribute, and we will be setting up a Tilt campaign to procure reduced price pitches of Vermont yeast from Gigayeast. The two top scoring beers from BAM from this SOQ will then go on to Barebottle, where they will decide the overall winner from BAM, at which time that beer will be brewed at Barebottle and then put on tap at select East Bay accounts! Mad Z’s and SFHG are also participating in this manner, and all three winning beers will go on tap at Barebottle. Patrons can then vote on these beers at Barebottle, and the Grand Prize winner will see their beer go into full production!
Hey BAMers! This week we’re having our March members’ meeting at the usual Faction Brewing in Alameda this Thursday from 7-9pm. This month we’re continuing our “Share Your Brew” series, and Robert Ayasse has volunteered to share some of his beer and talk about his recipes/process. As always, please bring a glass and some beer to share.
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: