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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2019 Q3 Style of the Quarter: Extinct Beers and Rarities

For this SOQ we will be doing something a little different.

These beers (mostly) fall outside of BJCP Guidelines. Look up a suitable recipe online and feel free to be very creative and adaptive – almost anything goes with these so long as you consider your brewing parameters: ABV, OG, FG, IBUs. Click here for Jason Davis’ July meeting presentation.

This SOQ will be due to OakBarrel on Friday, Sept. 20th with 2 labeled bottles. Please include YOUR NAME and the STYLE OF BEER with SPECIAL INGREDIENTS indicated.

Try brewing one!

  • Adambier
  • Berliner Braunbier
  • Broyhan
  • Brunswick Mum
  • Burton Ale
  • Cervoise
  • Colne Spring Ale
  • Dampfbier
  • Dolo
  • Gose
  • Gotlandsdricke
  • Gruit
  • Hoppenbier
  • Horner Bier
  • Joppenbier
  • Keptinis Alus
  • Kottbusser
  • Kuyt
  • Kvass
  • Leann Fraoch (Heather Ale)
  • Maize Chicha
  • Mannheimer Braunbier
  • Mersburger Bier
  • Pennsylvania Swankey
  • Pivo Grodziskie
  • Princesse Bier
  • Purl
  • Sahti
  • Schoeps
  • Vossaøl
  • Devon White Ale
  • Farrnbacher Bier
  • Seef Bier
  • Schwedisches Bier
  • Peeterman
  • Black Cork
  • Weinartiges Weißbier

2019 2nd Quarter SOQ – American Amber and Brown Ales

Congrats to the 2nd Style of the Quarter winners for 2019. These entries were for Amber and Brown American Ales, entered as ranked as a subset amongst the other World Cup of Beer entries in this category.
There were a total of 23 entries in the WCoB, 9 of which were from BAM members.

  • 1st Nick Facciola with an American Amber Ale called Wo-Oah, Amber Is The Color Of Your Beer
  • 2nd Christopher Peske & Richard Peske with a Kentucky Common called Commonwealth Quaff 
  • 3rd Place was tied!
    • Steve Studebaker with an American Brown Ale
    • Robert Ayasse with an American Amber Ale


It’s time to make come classic American Ales! This SOQ is comprised of 4 types of beers that put a malty twist on your next homebrew:

  1. American Amber Ale (19A)
  2. California Common (19B)
  3. American Brown Ale (19C)
  4. Kentucky Common (27C)

More information about these styles can be found in Adam Bradley’s March presentation.

This 2nd quarter SOQ is due at OakBarrel as a simultaneous entry in the World Cup of Beer, by Wednesday, June 5th at noon. Be sure to indicate your club’s name on the entry sheet. 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.