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?  





24th Annual

Hoppy Halloween Challenge 2021



Best of Show - Beer:
"May the Schwartz Be With You" a Schwarzbier made by Brian Phillips from Nora Springs, IA with the Iowa Minnesota Society Of Brewers (IAMNSOB)


Best of Show - Mead/Cider:

 "That's Like ... Your Opinion Man ... #84.2" a Fruit and Spice Mead made by Kevin Meintsma, Wayzata, MN with the Minnesota Home Brewers Association


Great Pumpkin winner:

Caleb Meinke, Cambridge, WI - 15 Points


Fresh Killed Hops Beer:

"Mayflower" made by Todd Rieck from La Crosse, WI with the La Crosse Area Grain Enthusiasts and Related Specialties


Halloween Theme Beer:

 "Spook Brew (No Typos In This Entry.....)" made by Al Boyce, St. Louis Park, MN with the Minnesota Home Brewers Association





Hoppy Halloween 2021 Results



Hoppy Halloween 2021 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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