The Mad Zymurgists is a homebrew club founded in April of 2007, and holds monthly meetings in the Tri-Valley (outer East Bay) area of California. This club is intended for the advancement of homebrewed beers, ciders, and meads. We encourage the study and appreciation of fermentation science (Zymurgy).
Our members are primarily intermediate to advanced home brewers, but we welcome brewers of all levels of experience. Club members are typically quite generous in sharing their knowledge of various brewing techniques and their enthusiasm for the craft. A typical meeting consists of a social hour, club business and announcements, and often discussion of specific brewing techniques. Guests are always welcome and we encourage potential new members to get on our email list and Yahoo Group Some meetings feature a guest speaker, and / or a club member presenting on a topic of interest. Also, in months where an AHA club-only competition is coming up, we perform internal judging to select our club's entry. We often discuss area homebrew competitions and events, and encourage participation in many of the great homebrew related events around our area, and around the country.
Additional goals and purposes of the club:
- Sharing ideas and enthusiasm for all things brewing related - from basic brewing to advanced brewing techniques. We are always interested in sharing knowledge about brewing related tips & tricks, holding brewing experiments, and exploring equipment.
- Participating in local and national homebrew competitions, and organizing competitions, including the Oaktoberfest homebrew competition. Serving as the organizing club for our area's site for National Homebrew Competition regional judging.
- Educating members about the BJCP, beer styles, and judging. See www.bjcp.org.
- To participate in AHA sponsored events and Club-Only competitions. See www.homebrewersassociation.com for info on the AHA.
- Regular attendees with a booth at the Northern California Homebrewers' Festival, see www.nchfinfo.org.
- Exploring recipe formulation, cloning specific beers, and sharing recipes.
- We encourage members to brew with each other, and occasionally schedule brewing sessions to teach All-Grain brewing to extract-only brewers who want to advance their brewing.
- To organize fun activities, with occasional parties (holiday party in December), classes, brewery visits, club bus trips, presentations, tastings, etc.
- Our club encourages a healthy and responsible appreciation of homebrewed beverages!
Look for the article from early in the Mad Zymurgists' existence, in the Pleasanton Weekly.