BAM is a non-profit homebrewing club with a membership based in the Northern California East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley area) that was formed in June 1990. Our goal is to promote and foster the art and science of brewing quality beer in the home and to have fun doing it.

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2020 1st Quarter SOQ – American Porters and Stouts

Click here for the presentation from our January 13th club meeting for a talk on these styles by Steve Altimari from Highwater Brewing in Lodi!

For this SOQ we are going to brew the least-entered style in our 2019 World Cup of Beer: American Porters and Stouts. This comprises the following BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines:

  • 20A American Porter
  • 20B American Stout
  • 20C Imperial Stout (Our World Cup judges this alone in a separate category)

The entries for this SOQ will coincide with the 2020 World Cup of Beer so that any entry in these styles by a BAM member will automatically qualify for our friendly SOQ competition. Important entry details:

1. Entries are due at noon on March 11, 2020 (OakBarrel or other official drop-off location).
2. You must register as an entrant on worldcupofbeer.com
3. You must indicate your BAM membership on the entry sheet.
4. Be sure to follow all the other rules and details on worldcupofbeer.com such as the drop-off locations etc.

Once all entries are scored in the World Cup competition, we will rank BAM beers as a subset for our normal prizes, noted in the rules page.

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SOQ 2019 Q4: Limitations Brewing

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who brewed, shared, or tasted and enjoyed! Here are the results:

  • 1st Place: Randy Guerrero with Vienna SMASH
  • 2nd Place: Fernando Gonzalez with Pale Ale
  • 3rd Place tie: Ian Carswell with English Bitter and Nick Facciola with Cream Ale
  • 5th Place tie: Luise & Greg with Cream Ale and Jon Sheehan and his brother Dave with Pale Ale. 


For this SOQ we chose a small selection of ingredients with which to design your recipe. Limitations Brewing is finding creativity within a defined set of criteria. The style or direction you take it is up to you! For Nick’s October presentation, click here.

Use only American base malts (2-row, Pale, pilsner, light DME/LME)
Plus Vienna Malt and/or Munich Malt (no caramel malts)
May add flaked maize/corn
May add corn sugar

Use only Willamette, Northern Brewer, and/or Cascade

Use only clean-fermenting ale or lager yeasts.
WLP001 American Ale Yeast or equivalent (Wyeast 1056, US-05)
WLP800 Pilsner lager yeast or other clean lager yeasts
WLP029 German Ale/ Kölsh yeast, or WLP080 Cream Ale

This SOQ is a PEOPLES CHOICE competition. To enter you must bring a keg to our annual Holiday party in December. This mean each attendee will vote on what they liked best. You can technically participate without a keg, but you might be limited in your votes if you run out!

And, Robert Ayasse kindly donated his previous winnings to pay out a 4th and 5th place at $15 each. That’s right, 5 chances to subsidize your homebrew costs for this one.

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