Welcome to the website for The Bay Area Mashtronauts (BAM).  This is a homebrew club in Southeast Houston 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.  We always welcome in new members whether you are looking to get into the hobby, or you are an experienced brewer.

Please use navigation tabs at top of this page to learn more about us and how to join.  If you are ready to become a Mashtronaut, just click here

Mashtronauts Awards!

The Limbo Challenge winners were announced this weekend.  We had three medal winners from the Mashtronauts! Way to go BAM!  Congratulations to all those who won medals!

Club Totals (Medal Count) from Limbo

  1. North Texas Homebrewers Association – 29
  2. Ninja Homebrewers – 5
  3. Horsemen of the Hopocalypse – 4
  4. Bay Area Mashtronauts – 3
  5. Foam Rangers – 3
  6. Red Earth Brewers – 3
  7. North Side Alers – 2
  8. Cane Island Alers – 1

Individual Winners from Limbo

  • Jonathan Reasoner – Bronze – 25B Saison
  • Mindy & Keith Brooks – Bronze – 24A Witbier
  • Mindy & Keith Brooks – Bronze – 29A Fruit Beer (Prickly Pear)


First Friday Education Class:  The first Friday of every month will be the Mashtronauts First Friday Education Class at Hoppin Grape Homebrew Supply.  Dues paid members can participate starting at 6:30 pm on the first Friday of every month.  Visit the event post for more information by clicking here.

Upcoming F.A.R.T.’s:  Sept 10th – Backyard Brewing, Sept 17th – Vallensons, Sept 24th – Boondoggles, Oct 1 – Bayview Duck

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

BAKFISH Homebrew Meetup:  The next Bakfish Brewing homebrew meet up will be Monday September 20th.  This will be the month to bring your “Grab Bag Beers”.  So if you participated in that event, please bring your beers this night to sample.


Upcoming Events

General Membership Meeting Join us on Tuesday September 21th at 7:00 PM for our monthly membership meeting. Please be aware of the change in meeting location and date for this month. The date was changed due to Tropical Storm Nicholas. The meeting will be live in person only at Saloon Door Brewing in Webster, Tx. The business portion of the meeting will be recorded and posted on the Mashtronauts YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/BayAreaMashtronauts. Our club meetings are for dues paid members, potential members, and invited guests. You can find a short video recap of the August meeting below.

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 the competition we host each spring with it’s own menu item above for information. 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:

Alamo City Cerveza Fest – This competition is part of the Lone Star Circuit and hosted by the Bexar Brewers in San Antonio. Registration is closed, and judging is taking place now. Winners will be announced “on or after Saturday September 18th at 3:00 pm”. Go to https://accf.bexarbrewers.org for more information.

Dixie Cup XXXVIII – This competition is part of the Lone Star Circuit and hosted by the Foam Rangers. Registration is now closed, and judging is taking place. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday evening October 16th at the Hampton Inn & Suites Houston Heights I-10. Please visit their website for more information on buying tickets to attend their event. You can check out their site for more information at http://dixiecup.foamrangers.com/.

Hoppy Halloween Challenge – This is a Halloween themed competition in Fargo, ND. The medals and trophies are all Halloween Themed. The awards make it worth entering. We can share the cost of shipping if anyone wants to enter. Registration is from 9/10/21 through 10/8/21, which is when shipped entries are due. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday October 30th and will be posted online. This includes all beer, cider, and mead style categories plus a special Halloween themed beer category. You can check out their site for more information at https://hoppyhalloween.com/comp/.

Operation Fermentation – This competition is the first event for the Lone Star Circuit in 2022. It is hosted by the Cane Island Alers here in Houston, Tx. Registration opens on 11/13/21 and closes on January 7th 2022. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday February 26th at 6:00 pm. This includes all beer and mead style categories, but no cider. You can check out their site for more information at https://opferm.cialers.org/.

Bluebonnet Brew Off – This competition is the second event for the Lone Star Circuit in 2022. Registration opens on 1/3/22 and closes on January 24th 2022. All styles of beer, mead, and cider are accepted, but please be aware of the category combinations as they lump styles together differently than most competitions. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday March 19th in Dallas. You can check out their site for more information at https://bbbrewoff.com/bluebonnetbrewoff/.

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


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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