homebrewed beer is our passion accessibility is our mission
Queers Makin' Beers is a homebrew club currently located in Oakland, California and Stuart, Florida. Our mission is to address the need for greater diversity of culture and perspective within the brewing industry by promoting queer presence and excellence. QMB cultivates experiential, educational spaces free of racism, misogyny, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and judgement. Making good beer is an empowering and radical act; we are radical people. QMB is for the genderbenders, the dykes, the fags, the weirdos, and the normal but not heteronormative. We host two open brews each month where our experienced brewers are excited to share knowledge and get everyone involved in the art of homebrew. Members can access communal equipment and gain expertise, free of charge. In addition to brewing, we serve beer for charity, tour breweries, throw parties, and collaborate on side projects. Our events are an opportunity for queer folks to meet and share their passion for beer and anything else. It's simple and it's fun. Make friends and make beers. Members may host brews, attend brews, attend social events, become an organizer, create QMB artwork, or do something new.
Kate and Rebecca, two queers from Florida, first met in an Oakland bar while waiting to join a new Meetup group. Over some tasty craftbrews they realized that they shared a common vision.; both just wanted to make beer with other queer people and saw the need for queer representation in the brewing industry. No one else showed up and the group they initially wanted to join never came to be. Kate and Rebecca were not discouraged, they made a beer together and became fast friends. After one successful brew the two didn't hesitate to take their pairing to the next level, the grouping, and QMB was created.
The original Queers Makin’ Beers Meetup started on July 2, 2015 in Oakland, California and has grown to be one of the largest homebrew groups in the United States, serving more than 1000 members. Our Florida chapter opened in 2017, funded by generous donations received during our first fundraising campaign. The newest chapter in Bend, Oregon started in 2019 when Kate moved north. Our success is evident in the quality of our beer. QMB has been featured on VICELAND, by KQED, the SF Chronicle, The United States Bartender's Guild, South Florida Gay News, and Meetup. We have donated beer and servers to more than 10 charities and won "People's Choice" for best beers at the Northern California Homebrewers Festival. We have made collaboration brews with a local brewery for PRIDE and won local brew contests. Queers are pouring forth to join the homebrew revolution, and it is radical.
LIVE YOUR DREAMS, QUEERS!
Local sponsors support Queers Makin' Beers by providing great deals to members or by making a donation to financially support the club! Have a business and want to find out more? Contact us, we would love to hear from you!
GOLD LEVEL DONORS are those who have financially supported us with a gift of $3,000.
Thank you, Lisa Lim, 2017 Gold Donor.
MAJOR DONORS have supported us with a gift of $1,000.
Thank You, Boichik Bagels, 2017 Major Donor