Style of the Quarter

The Style of the Quarter (SOQ) is an 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.

Have a suggestion for an upcoming style? Notify the officers since the chosen styles are based off of the members interests.

Current 2018 Fourth Quarter SOQ – Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beers (SHV)

In this category, you take a classic style— say an IPA—and add a complimentary ingredient, maybe lemongrass. You choose some great flavor hops like Citra and Amarillo to pair well with the added citrus of the lemongrass. The beer still tastes like an IPA, but it also showcases the unique flavor that lemongrass imparts. There are two things to keep in mind when brewing a beer for this category in competition: 1) the base beer style needs to be obvious, and 2) any special ingredients you list need to be obvious. If you brew a beer with five herbs, but only two are really noticeable, it’s better to just list those two rather than lose points because the other three aren’t discernible. (click for more tips)

This 4th quarter SOQ is a PEOPLES CHOICE competition. To enter you must bring a keg to our annual Holiday party in December. This mean each attendee will vote on what they liked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best. You can technically participate without a keg, but you might have limits on getting enough votes if you run out!

Click for more information on 30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beers (SHV)

Upcoming SOQ

2019 SOQ1 will be lagers so we’re letting you know early!

Dark European Lagers (Munich Dunkel and Schwarzbier) and Strong European Beer (Doppelbock, Eisbock, Baltic Porter).

These entries will coincide with our club’s very own World Cup of Beer!

Past SOQs