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BJCP 2015 Judging Categories

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1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental Beer35A Halloween Theme Beer/Mead/Cider (Custom Style)
36A Fresh Killed Hops Beer (Custom Style)C1A New World CiderC1B English Cider
C1C French CiderC1D New World PerryC1E Traditional Perry
C2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other FruitC2C Applewine
C2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/SpicesC2F Specialty Cider/Perry
M1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet MeadM1C Sweet Mead
M2A CyserM2B PymentM2C Berry Mead
M2D Stone Fruit MeadM2E MelomelM3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadM4A BraggotM4B Historical Mead
M4C Experimental Mead  

Judging Locations and Dates

Prairie Rose Meadery - Wed 5:45
3101 39th St SE, Fargo, ND
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5:45 PM, CDT

Prairie Rose Meadery - Wed 8:00
3101 39th St SE, Fargo, ND
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM, CDT

El Zagal - Thurs 7:00 PM
1429 3rd St N, Fargo, ND 58102
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri, 12:00
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 2:30
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:30 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 5:45
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5:45 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 8:15
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:15 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Sat 9:00 am
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Sat 12:30
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:30 PM, CDT

Halloween Theme Beer - 4:00 Sat
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM, CDT


The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Results will be announced LIVE on the Hoppy Halloween Challenge Facebook page during the Awards Banquet and then posted on the website afterwards.

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.

Random non-winning entries will receive 'door prizes'.

Prizes will be shipped to all the winners

Best of Show Beer and Best of Show Mead/Cider receive themed trophies and prizes.

The Halloween Theme Beer and Fresh Killed Hops Beer winners will receive special awards.

The Great Pumpkin Award will be given to the homebrewer with the most points in this competition from BJCP categories, accumulated as 6 points for a 1st, 3 points for a 2nd, and 1 point for a 3rd. In case of a tie, tie breakers will be determined at the discretion of the competition coordinator.

Awards Ceremony

Country Inn & Suites
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo (701) 234-0565
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30 PM, CDT

Circuit Qualification

The Hoppy Halloween Challenge is a participating competition in the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year


and the High Plains Brewer