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.

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 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?  





21st Annual

Hoppy Halloween Challenge 2018

The Devil made me brew it! 


Registration Window
September 30th - October 21st


Entries Accepted
October 13th thru October 26th

(Entries left at Twin Cities and St Cloud Drop Off locations

must be there by Noon on October 20th)

$7.50 per entry of 2 bottles

Judging October 30th thru November 3rd


Awards Banquet and Winners anounced on November 3rd


BJCP 2015 Guidelines will be used

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


  • Every flight will have at least 1 BJCP judge.

  • Categories will be consolidated for awarding medals and prizes similar to how it was done for NHC.

  • 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.





Drop Off Sites!

Twin Cities/St Cloud

Save shipping fees! If you are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul/St. Cloud areas, 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 at these locations from 

October 13th until Noon on Saturday October 20th

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

Midwest Supplies: 5825 Excelsior Blvd. Minneapolis, MN

The Hop Shop: 3403 W Division St, St. Cloud, MN


The drop off window for these drop off locations closes earlier than the general competition closing date


 There is no Duluth drop off and pick up this year.






Hoppy Halloween 2017 Results



Hoppy Halloween 2017 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 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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