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Welcome to the website for The Bay Area Mashtronauts (BAM).  This is a homebrew club dedicated to the art and enjoyment of fermented beverages including but not limited to homebrewed beer, wine, cider, and mead.  The club supports the American Homebrewers Association’s goal of brewing better quality beers and enjoying them in a responsible fashion.

Please use navigation tabs at top of this page to learn more about us. 

Mashtronauts Awards!

Congratulations to all the Mashtronauts that won medals in Operation Fermentation.  This is the first competition on the Lone Star Circuit, and points count towards the club of the year.  We have started out the year tied for 3rd overall with 12 points on the circuit.  Below is the list of winners in order of category:

  • Jared Wettenstein & Dimas Gonzalez:  2nd Place for 9A Doppelbock
  • Randy Daily:  2nd Place for 12B Australian Sparkling Ale
  • Randy Daily:  2nd Place for 15A Irish Red Ale
  • John Black:  1st Place for 15B Irish Stout
  • Randy Daily:  3rd Place for 29A Strawberry Kolsch
  • John Black:  2nd Place for 32B Smoked Pecan Porter
  • John Black:  Honorable Mention Best of Show for 15B Irish Stout

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nuts N Bolts Teams and Theme Announcement:  Jump over to the Nuts N Bolts Page to see the theme of this year’s competition and who you are paired up with.  Good luck to everyone participating!

Approved Bylaws Change:  The amendment to the bylaws was approved at the February membership meeting by a majority vote.  Please review the changes here: BAM-Bylaws-2019-Revision-1-Redline

YouTube: Please subscribe to the Mashtronauts YouTube channel.  This will be the broadcast method for the Lunar Rendezbrew Awards Ceremony, as well as other fun Mashtronaut events, so you’ll probably want to subscribe anyway. Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/BayAreaMashtronauts

LUNAR RENDEZBREW

WE HAVE LIFTOFF!  Lunar Rendezbrew 27 is officially underway! Click here for more information on our annual homebrew competition.  Lunar Rendezbrew is open to any homebrewers across the globe, not just club members.  Registration open now through March 28th!  Register NOW!

LUNAR RENDEZBREW SHIRTS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Can’t wait to support the Mashtronauts and Lunar Rendezbrew?  Now’s your chance.  Order your shirt today!  We have a new online Mashtronauts store through Square.  Click the logo below, or here, to order your shirts.  You will find them listed under Featured Items.  Shirts will come in men’s and women’s styles, with sizes S-XL at $22.00, and XXL+ at $27.00 with FREE SHIPPING!

Upcoming Events

General Membership Meeting Join us on Tuesday March 9th at 7:00 PM for our monthly membership meeting. The meeting will be online via Zoom, and the link will be emailed out to all dues paid members as well as posted on our Facebook group page. I’m sure Lunar Rendezbrew will be a major topic.

Keith’s Birthday Brew In Hoppin Grape Homebrew Supply will be hosting a brew in at the store on April 11th. Please let Keith and Mindy know if you plan to brew that day. This is not an official Mashtronauts event. Club and non club members are invited by the Hoppin Grape team. See Keith, Mindy, or Charlie at the store for more details.

BAKFISH Brewing Company’s 5th Anniversary – Friday March 12th, and Saturday March 13th will have events at BAKFISH Brewing Company for their 4th anniversary. Friday will be the release of Mashtronauts Randy Daily and Jonathan Reasoner’s Double Rye IPA as their official 5th Anniversary Beer as a result of winning their homebrew competition. Saturday will feature the release of the second place winner, a Wheatwine brewed by Mashtronauts John Black and Tristin Marcks.

What’s happining around the Mashtronauts?

Want to see what’s going on with your fellow Mashtronauts? Check out the posts under Members Forum on this page. Or you can visit our new page called The Outpost Tavern to find the archives of all the posts. The page will also tell you how to submit your own stories to be posted. Please note we moved this under the Club Info/Events menu item on the website.

Competitive Corner

The Mashtronauts compete regularly in the Lone Star Circuit. That is a series of homebrew competitions in the state of Texas (including our own Lunar Rendezbrew) where points are earned for placing in the competition. Those points go towards individual homebrewer of the year, team of the year, and club of the year. The Mashtronauts won club of the year in 2008, 2009, and again in 2015. Entering any competition on the Lone Star Circuit may help the Mashtronauts get back to the top again! Click here for more details and a list of qualifying competitions.

In addition to Lunar Rendezbrew 27 that is prominently featured above and has its own menu item, there are other competitions out there for you to get great feedback and represent the club in. Make sure that when you enter a competition that you select the Bay Area Mashtronauts as your homebrew club. We are a team and want to showcase our amazing brewers we have in the Mashtronauts. Competitions on the Lone Star Circuit also tally club points and publish club standings throughout the year.

Here are a few upcoming competitions to make note of:

Lunar Rendezbrew – Registration is open 2/22/21 through 3/28/21. This competition is run by our club, the Bay Area Mashtronauts. Judging will take place in April, and the awards ceremony will be a video presentation at 6:00 pm on May 15th. For more information, go to the Lunar Rendezbrew page on this site from the main menu, or click here for more information.

Belgian Brew Brawl – The Belgian Brew Brawl is hosted by the South Austin Area Zymurgists (SAAZ). This is a new competition that is in consideration to join the Lone Star Circuit in 2022. Seeing as we are brewing Belgian beers for Nuts N Bolts, this would be a fun way to get feedback on those beers. Entries are only $8.00. There is a 200 beer overall limit. Registration is open now through June18th. That is also the drop off deadline. Check with your CAPCOM if you decide to enter. We may coordinate a group shipping to save cost (or delivery if anyone wants to take a weekend trip to Austin). You can register or find more information at https://belgianbrewbrawl.brecompetition.com.

KGB Big Batch Brew Bash – The Kuykendahl Gran Brewers are hosting their annual Big Batch Brew Bash this summer. The entry deadline is June 18th. This is a single style event, and each brewer can only submit 2 beers. This year’s theme is GABF Section 10 Coffee Beer (No porters or stouts). The awards ceremony will take place June 27th. For more information, go to https://www.thekgb.org.

Bluebonnet Brew Off – Registration is closed. This is the biggest competition on the Lone Star Circuit. The awards ceremony will be March 20th. You can go to http://bbbrewoff.com/bluebonnetbrewoff for more information about this competition’s and when results will be posted.

Boot Brew Fest – Registration is now closed. This is a competition in Eunice, La and is a part of the Bayou State Circuit. A homebrew festival and awards ceremony is planned for April 10th. You can go to BootBrewFest.com for more information about this competition.

Clash of the Carboys – This competition is part of the Bayou State Circuit in Baton Rouge, La and hosted by the Redstick Brewmasters. The entry deadline is July 23rd. More details to come as this event gets closer. If you decide to enter this competition, check in with Stumpy to see if he is submitting entries that can be combined and delivered. Go to https://bayoustatecircuit.com/competitions2021.html for more information.

To find additional competitions to enter, please visit the AHA competitions or BJCP competitions websites for a full list of their sanctioned events.

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Our friends Keith and Mindy Brooks at Hoppin Grape Homebrew Supply are not only members of the Bay Area Mashtronauts, but they continue to go out of their way to support the club through member discounts, event hosting, drop off location, and much much more. Thank you Keith and Mindy!

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