Hoppy Halloween Promo Posters














The Spooky Brewing Competition

As the leaves fall each October, the Prairie Homebrewing Companions gather together the best homebrew from the best homebrewers to determine who is the 'Great Pumpkin' of brewers.  Hoppy Halloween 2010 was featured on BrewingTV.

The Hoppy Halloween Challenge is known for its Medals hung from unique hand-crafted Halloween themed lanyards.

All BJCP categories including mead and cider can be entered, but the Hoppy Halloween Challenge has TWO categories unique to this competition:

Halloween Theme Beer:

"Any beer with characteristics that would identify it as being made for, and in the spirit of, Halloween."  

Fresh Killed Hops Beer:

"A wet hop beer made with fresh undried hops that displays the character of those hops in the flavor and aroma."


How spooky can you brew?  
Full rules for the special categories are available HERE.

Questions or comments on the Hoppy Halloween Challenge?  




Coming soon...





16th Annual

Hoppy Halloween Challenge 2013

Beware, the bats are coming...



Competition Results  

584 Entries

From 26 States


Best of Show - Beer:

Michael Crane - "Thanksgiving Saison" a Fruit Beer from Leawood, KS with the Kansas City Bier Meisters


Best of Show - Mead/Cider:

Susan & Bob Ruud - "Your Father Smelt Of Elderberry" an Other Fruit Melomel from Harwood, ND with the Prairie Homebrewing Companions


Great Pumpkin winner:

Tim Thomssen from Lincoln, NE with the Lincoln Lagers


Fresh Killed Hops Beer:

Tom Roan & Nancy Bowser - "Grasslands" from Fargo, ND with the Prairie Homebrewing Companions


Halloween Theme Beer:

Al Boyce - "Tripel Header" from St. Louis Park, MN with the Minnesota Home Brewers Association


Full list of 2013 Results








Best of Show Beer Prize

Keg Kit in a Can 
from Keg Connection

Keg Connection is donating this is a portable kit of everything you need for your keg and it all fits in a 50cal Ammo can for easy transport.  It includes a new 20oz CO2 cylinder (empty) Single gauge CO2 Regulator CO2 Hose set up with a shutoff check valve, beer hoses setup, fully assembled with connector, faucet, and your choice of coupler.

Plus from Arbor Autopsy, a Jatoba Stubby tap handle.




Best of Show Mead/Cider Prize

Zombie Killer work shirt from B. Nektar 


B. Nektar donating the prizes for 1st place in each mead category plus a Zombie Killer cherry cyser logo'ed work shirt for the Best of Show Mead/Cider.

Plus from Arbor Autopsy, a Padauk custom bottle stopper.  





Hoppy Halloween Sponsors

They have supported the PHC and Homebrewers with lots of great prizes that will be given out as part of this competition so give them your support and let them know that their involvement with the Hoppy Halloween Challenge is appreciated. 


Hoppy Halloween Sponsors






Hoppy Halloween on BrewingTV

Chip from BrewingTV was in Fargo for Hoppy Halloween 2010 and had a full weekend.  He covered 2 club brews, interviewed Susan Ruud about the club's yeast bank, talked to featured speaker Jamil Zainasheff, and covered Hoppy Halloween judging and awards including Halloween Theme Beer Judging.

Chip had a great time and you can see all the fun he had in Episode 23 of BrewingTV.




Hoppy Halloween 2012 Medals and Awards








Hoppy Halloween is a participating competition in:

Midwest Home Brewer of the Year

Midwest Homebrewer

of the Year

  High Plains Brewer 2006

High Plains Brewer




Questions or comments on Hoppy Halloween?  



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