Style of the Quarter

The Style of the Quarter (SOQ) is a friendly, internal homebrew competition run for and by members of BAM, four times a year. The style is announced usually in the quarter before they are scheduled to be judged to give everyone a chance to craft something to enter.

The entries are judged by a mixture of BAM officers, members, and BJCP certified judges. Beers are judged based on the BJCP styleguide and score sheets.

Rules & Entry:

Entries should consist of two clean appropriately labeled 12oz capped bottles. The official label that you can print can be downloaded here: Use rubber bands to attach the labels to the bottles so they can be removed before judging. Having the bottles (including caps) indistinguishable from other members submissions helps for impartial unbiased blind judging.

The drop-off for entries is usually at Oak Barrel Wine Craft in Berkeley unless otherwise stated. Also, please don’t submit any swing top bottles as most likely you won’t get the bottles back from the judging.


1st place is awarded a $50 gift card to OakBarrel. 2nd place gets a $30 gift card, and 3rd place gets a $20 gift card.

Have a suggestion for an upcoming style? Notify the officers since the chosen styles are based on the member’s interests.

Current SOQ – Lawnmower Beers

Due 6/29/24.

Upcoming SOQ

  • 2024 SOQ 3 – Mystery ingredients (Black Pepper, Homegrown Hops, Strawberries)
  • 2024 SOQ 4 – Holiday Beer
  • 2025 SOQ 1 – California Common
  • 2025 SOQ 2- Dark Lawnmower Beers
  • 2025 SOQ 3 – TBA
  • 2025 SOQ 4 – Barley Wines & Wheat Wines

Past SOQs