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?  






17th Annual

Hoppy Halloween Challenge 2014

Toxic Doom


Entries accepted October 1st thru October 24th

$7.00 per entry of 2 bottles

Judging October 29th thru November 1st


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 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.




 Best of Show Beer Prize

A BeerBox™ kit from



Please support the 

Hoppy Halloween 2014 Sponsors





 Awards Banquet

November 1st 2014

Costumes are encouraged - Prizes will be awarded

Competition results will be announced live on Facebook

Featuring Speaker

Russ Karasch

 Black Swan Cooperage

in Park Rapids, MN

Events will be held at the Howard Johnson Inn
301 3rd Avenue North, Fargo   701-232-8850




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 29th - 5:45 and 8:00pm at the El Zagal Shrine in North Fargo
  - Friday October 31st - 12:00, 2:30, 5:45 and 8:15pm
at the Howard Johnson Inn
  - Saturday November 1st - 9:00am and 12:30pm
at the Howard Johnson Inn
Complimentary dinner served on Friday for all volunteers
Complimentary cold breakfast items available for volunteers on Saturday morning.






Hoppy Halloween 2013 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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