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! 


Best of Show - Beer:

Tom Roan & Nancy Bowser with "Homebrew Is My Safe Word", a Czech Dark Lager from Fargo, ND with the Prairie Homebrewing Companions



Best of Show - Mead/Cider:

Jeremy Olsen with "Purply Stuff" a Berry Mead from Minneapolis, MN and the St Paul Homebrewers Club



Great Pumpkin winner:

Eric Martin, Lee's Summit, MO with the Kansas City Bier Meisters 


Fresh Killed Hops Beer:

Adrian Eastwick  - "Wet Hop 2018" from Cottage Grove, MN with the St Paul Homebrewers Club


Halloween Theme Beer:

Tom Roan & Nancy Bowser - "A Devils Tail" from Fargo, ND with the Prairie Homebrewing Companions




Hoppy Halloween 2018 Results



Hoppy Halloween 2018 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




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