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.
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.
It’s time for something a little different. The 3rd Style of the Quarter for 2022 is brewing beer with wine grape additions. Take any base beer style and add some amount of grape must (crushed grapes with skins and stems), pressed grape must (skins off), or just the skins.
See Keefer’s presentation on Italian Grape Ale for some context and inspiration about how these beer-wine hybrids can be constructed. He says most of the commercial examples have a similar base as several Belgian styles like Blond Ale or a Saison but the original Italian Grape Ale was a stout. Both the base and grape character need to be apparent and harmonious.
Typical grape content is around 15-20% by volume but can be more than 40%.
But wait, how do I buy grapes and press them anyway??
Oak Barrel in Berkeley sells wine grapes. They are a seasonal harvest that should be ordered by the 1st week of August. They have a 100-pound minimum order (6-gallon equivalent). I propose a couple group buys, arranged by yourselves, to allow for folks to get 1 or 2 gallons of juice or pressed skins. Feel free to do your own thing too! These grapes cost a couple dollars per pound so you’re looking at $25 – $35 per pound of juice depending on the variety.
· arrive end of August
· come pressed
· do not come with the must (skins)
· cost less
· arrive in the first two weeks of September
· cost extra to get them crushed and de-stemmed
· but never come pressed – must do this yourself
· rent a press for $35/day
Visit or call Oak Barrel for any questions about ordering, the ingredients or process recommendations and tips. Oak Barrel will notify once the order is in and you can bring a bucket, keg or carboy to pick it up (end of August for whites, early Sept. for reds).
· Use any base style of beer
· Add wine grape additions, any proportion, any method
· Take the time you need to make a good beer. These will be due Friday, December 2, 2022.
· Submit 2 clean, unmarked bottles to Oak Barrel
- 2022 SOQ 3 – Brewing beer with wine grape additions
- 2022 SOQ 4 – TBD
- 2022 SOQ 2 – Brewing with Girl Scout Cookies
- 2022 SOQ 1 – Brown British Ales
- 2021 SOQ 4 – 2021 Clone Your Favorite Beer Challenge
- 2021 SOQ 3 – Oktoberfest
- 2021 SOQ 2 – Trappist Ales
- 2021 SOQ 1 – New England IPA
- 2020 SOQ 4 – Black is Beautiful
- 2020 SOQ 3 – Pale Commonwealth Ales
- 2020 SOQ 2 – American Pale Ales (not judged)
- 2020 SOQ 1 – American Porters and Stouts
- 2019 SOQ 4 – Limitations Brewing
- 2019 SOQ 3 – Extinct Beers and Rarities
- 2019 SOQ 2 – Amber and Brown American Ales
- 2019 SOQ 1 – Dark European Lagers and Strong European Beers
- 2018 SOQ 4 – Spice, Herb & Vegetable Beers
- 2018 SOQ 3 – Farmhouse Ales
- 2018 SOQ 2 – European Wheat and Rye Beers (must collaborate with another BAM member)
- 2018 SOQ 1 – Amber Hybrid Beers
- 2017 SOQ 4 – Specialty IPA
- 2017 SOQ 3 – Collaboration Challenge (5SRM or less, use Golden Naked Oats)
- 2017 SOQ 2 – Hazy IPAs with Sea Salt
- 2017 SOQ 1 – Select Scottish Ales and Irish Red
- 2016 SOQ 4 – Old / Stock Ale
- 2016 SOQ 3 – Fruit Beers
- 2016 SOQ 2 – Wheat Beers
- 2016 SOQ 1 – Stouts
- 2015 SOQ 4 – “Jason’s IPA” (winners)
- 2015 SOQ 3 – Smoked Beer
- 2015 SOQ 2 – Rye Beer
- 2015 SOQ 1 – English Pale Ale
- 2014 SOQ 4 – Belgians
- 2014 SOQ 3 – Bocks
- 2014 SOQ 2 – Black and White IPA
- 2013 SOQ 3 – Session Ales
- 2013 SOQ 2 – Extract
- 2013 SOQ 1 – Irish red ale
- 2012 SOQ 3 – IPA
- 2012 SOQ 1 – CA Common
- 2011 SOQ 3 – Cost Challenge
- 2011 SOQ 2 – American Brown
- 2011 SOQ 1 – Dry Stout
- 2010 SOQ 3 – Belgian Strong
- 2010 SOQ 2 – IPA
- 2009 SOQ 4 – Mild
- 2009 SOQ 3 – Altbier
- 2009 SOQ 2 – West Coast Pale
- 2009 SOQ 1 – MaiBock
- 2008 SOQ 3 – Kolsch