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 2019 4th Quarter SOQ – Limitations Brewing

For this SOQ we have chosen a small selection of ingredients with which to design your recipe. Limitations Brewing is finding creativity within a defined set of criteria. The style or direction you take it is up to you! For Nick’s October presentation, click here.

Use only American base malts (2-row, Pale, pilsner, light DME/LME)
Plus Vienna Malt and/or Munich Malt (no caramel malts)
May add flaked maize/corn
May add corn sugar

Use only Willamette, Northern Brewer, and/or Cascade

Use only clean-fermenting ale or lager yeasts.
WLP001 American Ale Yeast or equivalent (Wyeast 1056, US-05)
WLP800 Pilsner lager yeast or other clean lager yeasts
WLP029 German Ale/ Kölsh yeast, or WLP080 Cream Ale

This 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 best. You can technically participate without a keg, but you might be limited in your votes if you run out!

And, Robert Ayasse kindly donated his previous winnings to pay out a 4th and 5th place at $15 each. That’s right, 5 chances to subsidize your homebrew costs for this one.

Upcoming SOQ

2020 SOQ1: American Porters and Stouts 

Past SOQs