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: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_BottleID.pdf
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 2016 First Quarter SOQ – Select Scottish Ales and Irish Red
first Style of the Quarter for 2017 is for Select Scottish Ales and Irish Red Ales (BJCP 14a-c, 15a, 17c http://bjcp.org/). Presentation slides are available on the BAM website meeting minutes for January 2017 – Bay Area Mashers Homebrew Club
These entries will be judged in the World Cup of Beer competition that our club hosts. Entries should follow the regular WCoB entry guidelines found at https://www.worldcupofbeer.com/
To be eligible, you must have a current BAM membership and you must register your entries as related to club BAM. Winners will be determined by overall score, possibly, but not necessarily in a head-to-head tasting by the same judges (it can get complicated).
- 2016 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