The Spooky Brewing Competition

As the leaves fall each October, the Prairie Homebrewing Companions of Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN gather together the best homebrew from the best homebrewers to determine who is the 'Great Pumpkin' of brewers.

The Hoppy Halloween Challenge held each year 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 2 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?  





25th Annual

Hoppy Halloween Challenge 2022


Best of Show - Beer:
"Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Rye?" an Alternative Grain Beer made by Mike & Stephanie Butler from Olathe, KS with the Kansas City Bier Meisters


Best of Show - Mead/Cider:

"Covfefe Blossom #99" a Dry Mead made by Kevin Meintsma, Wayzata, MN with the Minnesota Home Brewers Association


Great Pumpkin winner:

Nicholas Benoit, St. Paul, MN - 13 Points


Fresh Killed Hops Beer:

"Zachrich Hop Farm DIPA" made by Nik Volkert from Newark, OH with Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists (SODZ)


Halloween Theme Beer:

 "Smashing Pumpkin Heads" made by Robert Guthner & Mary Jo Guthner, Toms River, NJ with the Ocean County Home Brewers




Hoppy Halloween 2022 Results



Hoppy Halloween 2022 medals and awards 











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 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




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