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.


Entries should consist of two, 12oz capped bottles. Make sure they are clean (this is a point category on the BJCP scoring sheet) and labeled appropriately. Here is the official label that you can print and attach to your bottles: 

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 off of the members interests.

Current 2020 1st Quarter SOQ – American Porters and Stouts

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 BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines of category 20:

  • 20A American Porter
  • 20B American Stout
  • 20C Imperial Stout

The entries for this SOQ will coincide with the 2020 World Cup of Beer (details to be announced) so that any entry in these styles by a BAM member will automatically qualify for our friendly SOQ competition. The entries are due at noon on March 11 and be sure to register and note the entry and drop-off details at You must sign up and register as an entrant to World Cup of Beer, and you must write your BAM affiliation on the entry notes where it asks your homebrew club!

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!

Upcoming SOQ

2020 SOQ2: TBD 

Past SOQs