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: https://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_BottleID.pdf. 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.

Prizes:

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.

SOQ1 = New England IPAs

The first SOQ of 2021, get into some new brew science on a making juicy, hazy, smooth NEIPA.

See Jason Davis’ slideshow on his guidance for making a beer in this style according to BJCP guidelines and other best practices.

BJCP provisional style 21B lists the “official” observations to be found in this style here: https://dev.bjcp.org/beer-styles/21b-specialty-ipa-new-england-ipa/

Have fun making this style in Q1. If you feel like submitting the beer for our friendly, internal competition, please submit 2 bottles to Ian’s bottle box or OakBarrel by March 31, 2021.

Enjoy!

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Upcoming SOQ

  • 2021 SOQ 2: Trappist Ales
  • 2021 SOQ 4: 2021 Clone Your Favorite Beer Challenge (details coming soon)

Past SOQs