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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 3rd Quarter – Pale Commonwealth Ales

The style of the quarter Q3 will be Pale Commonwealth Ales. We will attempt to judge these safely using at least one designated dropoff location.

Pale Commonwealth includes the following BJCP styles:

The drop-off for entries is at Ian Carswell’s home in Berkeley using his safe bottle swap system (place bottles in the right-hand bin within the wooden box on his porch). Please contact Ian for his address. Another safe dropoff point will be considered over the coming months.

The entries are due at the end of the quarter on September 30. Note: if you are dropping off 2 bottles for entry plus more for sharing with the bottle swap system, please clearly label the two entries for judging as separate from those up for grabs by the club!

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2020 1st Quarter SOQ – American Porters and Stouts

Due to COVID19, this SOQ has not yet been judged… stay tuned as we are trying to judge this now (in July 2020).

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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