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?  






18th Annual

Hoppy Halloween Challenge 2015

Witch's Brew


Entries accepted October 1st thru October 23rd

$7.00 per entry of 2 bottles

Judging October 28th thru October 31st


BJCP 2008 Guidelines will be used

All BJCP categories of beer, mead and cider will be accepted plus special Halloween Theme and Fresh Killed Hops categories


  • All judging for Hoppy Halloween is done using glass tasters, not plastic cups.

  • Every flight will have at least 1 BJCP judge.

  • Categories will not be combined!  All 28 BJCP 2008 categories plus special categories will stand on their own and get their own medals and prizes.

  • All beers placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd will win a Hoppy Halloween Challenge Medal hung from a special hand-crafted Halloween themed lanyard plus will get a prize from one or more of our sponsors.

  • Prizes will be shipped to the winners.

  • Best of Show Beer and Best of Show Mead/Cider receive themed trophies.

  • Special awards for Halloween Theme Beer and Great Pumpkin will also be given.




Register and Pay Online

Please register and pay for your entries online.  No more sending checks or cash in the mail.  Payment for your entries can now be done online via PayPal, and you don't need a PayPal account either, all major credit cards are accepted.





Twin Cities Drop Off Sites!

 Save shipping fees! If you are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, we have drop off points for you to leave your entries and the Prairie Homebrewing Companions will have them picked up and carefully transported to Fargo. No more broken bottles! No more sediment haunting your award winning entry!  

Drop off your entries between October 1st and October 16th at:

Northern Brewer  either location: 1150 Grand Avenue in St. Paul or 6021 Lyndale Ave S in Minneapolis 

Midwest Supplies: 5825 Excelsior Blvd. Minneapolis, MN

If you are not in the one of those areas but are in Minnesota or the Dakotas, contact us and we may be able to work out some way to pick up your beer if a PHC member is traveling  your way. 





 Awards Banquet

October 31st 2015  6:00PM

Featuring Speaker

Michael Tonsmeire


The Mad Fermentationist

Banquet & Speaker Details

Costumes are encouraged - Prizes will be awarded

Competition results will be announced live on Facebook

Country Inn & Suites
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo   (701) 234-0565
Ask for the "Hoppy Halloween" block to get a discounted price 
if you reserve the room by October 5th.




Hoppy Halloween Judging

If you are interested in judging or helping out with the judging as a steward, please sign up so we know you will be there.
Judging is currently scheduled for the following times:

  - Wednesday October 28th - 5:45 and 8:00pm at the El Zagal Shrine in North Fargo
  - Friday October 30th - 12:00, 2:30, 5:45 and 8:15pm
at the Country Inn & Suites
  - Saturday October 31st - 9:00am and 12:30pm
at the Country Inn & Suites
Complimentary dinner served on Friday for all volunteers
Complimentary cold breakfast items available for volunteers on Saturday morning.






Hoppy Halloween 2014 Results










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 2013 Medals








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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