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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SOQ 2022 1st Quarter: Brown British Beer

This style of the quarter will coincide with the 27th annual World Cup of Beer. To participate, brew any of the following styles and formally enter it into the World Cup of Beer by the deadline of Wednesday, March 9th. All entries of these styles with BAM indicated as the Homebrew Club on the entry label will automatically qualify for this SOQ. We will simply rank the subset of BAM entrants to generate our SOQ winners.

13A. Dark Mild
A dark, low-gravity, malt-focused British session ale readily suited to drinking in quantity. Refreshing, yet flavorful, with a wide range of dark malt or dark sugar expression.

13B. British Brown Ale
A malty, brown caramel-centric British ale without the roasted flavors of a Porter.

13C. English Porter
A moderate-strength brown beer with a restrained roasty character and bitterness. May have a range of roasted flavors, generally without burnt qualities, and often has a chocolate-caramel-malty profile.

Download the presentation for inspiration and recipes, and please plan ahead to meet the March 9 deadline!

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2021 Clone Your Favorite Beer Challenge (SOQ4)

Below are the winners of the Clone Challenge SOQ.

  • 1st Julian Borrill with Faction Penske File
  • 2nd Adam with Bell’s Two Hearted
  • 3rd Robert Ayasse with North Coast Pranqster
  • 4th Paul Keefer with Chimay Blue Label
  • 5th Nick Facciola with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

All 5 winners have agreed to send their collective winnings of $130 to Uncommon Law, who fights to provide access to healing, legal representation, and viable pathways home from prison for people serving life sentences in California.


The basic idea is to clone a beer, compare against the original, adjust and brew again. This will culminate in a Q4 style of the quarter but the clone you submit should be at least your 2nd iteration of this beer.


  • Select a beer you love to drink, and that you are able to purchase commercially in your area.
  • Develop a recipe or find one online.
  • Make the beer. 
  • Buy a 6 pack of the original and compare side-by-side! Take notes on any differences you can identify between appearance, aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. Take side-by-side photos. Ask your friends to comment.
  • Then, adjust your recipe or process accordingly.
  • Brew the beer a 2nd time.
  • Submit as an entry into Q4 Holiday Party SOQ (Sunday, December 12, 2021)
  • Bring your keg (or several bottles / couple growlers) and some the original beer to share.

You can submit this beer as an entry to the Q4 holiday party SOQ. Of course, you’ll have to be able to purchase another commercial example for comparison. Even as People’s Choice these beers will be judged as clones: how well they compare against the commercial example. BJCP Style 34A.

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