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 off of the members interests.

SOQ 2022 1st Quarter: Brown British Beer

This style of the quarter will coincide with the 27th annual World Cup of Beer. To participate, brew any of the following styles and formally enter it into the World Cup of Beer by the deadline of Wednesday, March 9th. All entries of these styles with BAM indicated as the Homebrew Club on the entry label will automatically qualify for this SOQ. We will simply rank the subset of BAM entrants to generate our SOQ winners.

13A. Dark Mild
A dark, low-gravity, malt-focused British session ale readily suited to drinking in quantity. Refreshing, yet flavorful, with a wide range of dark malt or dark sugar expression.

13B. British Brown Ale
A malty, brown caramel-centric British ale without the roasted flavors of a Porter.

13C. English Porter
A moderate-strength brown beer with a restrained roasty character and bitterness. May have a range of roasted flavors, generally without burnt qualities, and often has a chocolate-caramel-malty profile.

Download the presentation for inspiration and recipes, and please plan ahead to meet the March 9 deadline!

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