Welcome to Frederick’s Original Ale Makers (FOAM) Homepage. We are a bunch (approximately 100) beer drinkers and brewers constantly looking for that next great beer in Frederick Maryland.
We meet monthly at Frederick’s homebrew shop, the Flying Barrel to sample beer, learn about brewing, meet professional brewers, and much more.
We participate in local events throughout the year putting on brewing demonstrations and even serving our own homebrew to the public (Brewfest at Stillpoint Farm, DC Brewer’s Ball).
We brew beer and we’ll teach you too! – (Group brew sessions throughout the year)
We throw parties! (at least 3 of them every year)
We judge beer and run competitions to provide anonymous feedback on your brewing process
We tour professional breweries.
If it has something to do with beer, you can pretty much bet we’re involved.
Our meetings are more social and less formal and are mostly spent sampling each other’s beer. Our meetings are typically held at Flying Barrel homebrew shop, so it’s a good opportunity to get ingredients at a discount for your next brew day. The formal portions of the meetings involve a quick update on club matters and upcoming events. We try to have a guest speaker at most meetings that either professional brewers or something to do with homebrew (judging, brewing techniques, equipment, etc.). Our February meeting is usually held at Flying Dog Brewery where we get a behind the scenes tour, free samples, an update on the brewery, and a chance to ask the brewers questions.
If you’re still not sure you want to join, feel free to come to a meeting to check it out. If you want to sign up now, click on ‘Join Us’ in the menu above.