of the Competition
The Hoppy Halloween Challenge is open to any homebrewer from within the
United States and Canada. Affiliation of entrants with American Homebrewers
Association is NOT
a requirement. Contestants will be considered as an individual
entrant on the basis of person's name appearing on the
registration form. Combinations of brewers should appear in the
same order on all entries. Applicable entry fees and entry
limitations shall apply.
A homebrewer may not use homebrewing facilities other than their
own, unless brewed with the help of the owner of those other homebrewing
facilities. Furthermore, in this case, the beer must be entered
under the name of all brewers who helped. Beers brewed in
commercially licensed facilities, brew on premise, whether for
commercial research or production, or for any other purpose, are ineligible.
Beer entries will be judged in classes and subcategories listed
under the Hoppy Halloween Beer
Some categories may be combined for judging purposes due to lack
of entries in those categories. Each entry should be
entered according to the latest AHA/BJCP style guidelines.
Entries must be referred to by category and subcategory letter.
HOW and WHAT to
Entry fees for this competition are $8.50
per entry. You must pay for your entries online using a major
credit card through PayPal after you have entered online.
Please do not send in checks or cash with your entry.
Please register your beers online using the Competition
Software and print out your Registration Form and
Bottle ID Forms from there.
requesting 2 bottles per entry for 2023.
category of Halloween Theme beers will require
only one bottle and and is not eligible for Best of Show beer or mead/cider
Bottles must be
or plastic of ANY style and clean and free of any labels (inked,
paper, or otherwise). Entrants are encouraged to use brown,
long-neck bottles for maximum protection from light and breakage.
Use a rubber band to attach bottle label form to each bottle. The
use of tape or glue to attach forms is not acceptable.
Soft drink or other printed crowned
caps are acceptable; however, they need to be blacked-out with a
black marking pen to assure anonymity in all judging
Cans will be accepted with the same requirements as
bottles; no distinguishing marks, at least 12 oz, and at least two
containers. Please note that we are not able to reseal cans like
we can with bottles - your entry may change perceptibly between
it’s judging flight and any potential mini Best of Show it
Only 1 ENTRY per Sub-Category will be
allowed except in categories
23F, 27, 29, 30A, 32, 33, 34, M2B-E, M3, M4, C2B, C2E, C2F and
special contest category of Halloween Theme Beer only if the entries
are VERY obviously not the same beer or mead.
If the entries are determined that they may be the same,
then both will be disqualified.
When entering a fruited beer where the base
style happens to be sour - please use category 29A and not 28C
By submitting an entry to this competition,
brewers agree to provide a recipe if requested.
All entry fees, names of competitor, address, phone number,
Class and Subcategory entered must accompany entries when
submitted. No entries will be returned whether received late or
otherwise. All entries become property of the Prairie Homebrewing
Companions Competition Committee.
Use official registration forms (or copies) when possible
though other registration forms such as ProMash will be accepted.
Beers will be disqualified for entry requirements infractions.
These entries may still be judged but will be ineligible for
awards or prizes.
WHERE and WHEN
Shipping Entries to Fargo:
Ship your entries early to arrive between
October 1st and October 13th.
Barb & Dick Nilles
101 31st Ave N,
off Entries - Fargo:
Entries accompanied with registration information may be dropped off by 5:00pm
Friday, October 13th, 2023:
Barb & Dick Nilles
101 31st Ave N,
Minneapolis/St. Paul or other remote drop off:
There are no remote drop off
locations this year.
Halloween Theme Beers
Beers for this category must be registered before the October 13th end of
registration but the
bottle can be hand delivered only after the normal cut off and will
be accepted up to Noon, Saturday October 28th. Please
contact the registrar above if you plan to deliver a beer after the
normal end date of October 13th so we know your beer is coming.
For this category only, a single bottle is needed.
may be shipped to the address above using a privately owned
shipping company (UPS, FedEx, etc.) for analytical purposes.
However, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHIP ALCOHOLIC
BEVERAGES VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE.
Private shipping carrier rules and regulations concerning the
shipment of beer or alcoholic beverages vary. We strongly
encourage you to check with your shipping carrier prior to
shipping your entry. Usually you will be
asked the contents of the package; your reply should be:
"Bottles, but they are double-boxed and padded well."
PACK YOUR ENTRIES WELL!
Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box.
Line the inside of your package with a plastic trash bag.
Partition and pack each bottle with
adequate packaging material.
Clearly state "GLASS-FRAGILE.
THIS SIDE UP" on the package.
Your package of NON-PERISHABLE
FOOD should weigh less than 25 pounds.
It is not necessary to
state specific contents of your package of non-perishable food.
Send entries as soon as possible.
Please refrain from using packing “peanuts” if possible. Use
bubble wrap or newspaper instead. We try to recycle packaging
material whenever possible.
Every year we still receive broken bottles, do what you can to make sure
it is not your bottles that arrive broken. If a single
bottle is broken, it will still be judged and is eligible to win
its category but will not be eligible for the Best of Show award
due to the lack of a second bottle.
In the first round, each judge
will score 5 to 10 entries on one category, selecting
the best three. The second round consists of all those beers
selected in the first round to determine the category winner. The winners in each
category will then
be judged with the top beer being named Best of Show. More than one judge will
evaluate every round. Entries will be chilled and
stored properly and appropriately for the style. All decisions of
the judges and competition organizer are final. Winners will be
announced at the Hoppy Halloween Awards Banquet on Saturday
October 28th, 2023. All winners will be notified and score sheets with
the and judges' comments will be returned to all
entrants. Results will also be found on this web site.
There will be medals awarded for first, second, and third place
in each category. BJCP 2021 guidelines will be used to judge
the beer but medals will be awarded in a slightly consolidated
grouping of categories similar to the National Homebrew
Competition. These categories are defined on the Hoppy
Halloween Categories page.
A minimum of 25 points must be obtained to
receive a medal. Prizes will be awarded to beers placing 1st, 2nd,
or 3rd in their category, Best of Show Beer, Best of Show
Best Halloween Theme Beer, and Fresh Killed Hops Beer.
In addition the Great Pumpkin Award
will be given to the homebrewer with the most points in this
competition, accumulated for BJCP categories as 6 points for
1st, 3 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd.
In case of a tie, tie breaks will be determined at the
discretion of the competition coordinator.
Great Pumpkin Award 2009
Hoppy Halloween 2021 medals and awards
Hoppy Halloween 2020
Halloween 2019 medals and awards -
Dia de Muertos
Halloween 2018 medals and awards
Halloween 2017 medals and awards - SCREAM!
Halloween 2015 medals and awards
Halloween 2013 Medals
"The Bats are coming...."
Halloween 2012 Medals and Awards
of the Mummy's Thirst"
Halloween 2011 Medals and Awards
Halloween 2010 Medals and Awards