Account Registration

You will be able to create your account beginning Sunday, September 30, 2018 12:00 AM, CDT through Monday, October 22, 2018 12:00 AM, CDT.

Judges and stewards may register beginning Sunday, September 30, 2018 12:00 AM, CDT through Saturday, November 3, 2018 11:00 AM, CDT.

Entry Registration

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Sunday, September 30, 2018 7:00 AM, CDT through Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:59 PM, CDT.


Entry Fees

$7.50 (USD) per entry.


BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

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 Weizenbock 11A 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 Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer 35A Halloween Theme Beer/Mead/Cider (Custom Style) 36A Fresh Killed Hops Beer (Custom Style)
C1A New World Cider C1B English Cider C1C French Cider
C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry C2A New England Cider
C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2C Applewine C2D Ice Cider
C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2F Specialty Cider/Perry M1A Dry Mead
M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead M2A Cyser
M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead M2D Stone Fruit Mead
M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead M4C Experimental Mead
PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA ArgentaPRX3 Italian Grape Ale
PRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner 


Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal


Entry Acceptance Rules

For the competition, homebrewing competitors must enter two bottles for each beer entered.
Halloween Theme beers will require only one bottle.

Bottles must be glass or plastic of ANY style and clean and free of any labels (inked, paper, or otherwise). Entrants are encouraged to use brown, long-neck bottles for maximum protection from light and breakage.

HHtrimedtable.jpgUse a rubber band to attach bottle label form to each bottle. The use of tape or glue to attach forms is not acceptable. Soft drink or other printed crowned caps are acceptable; however, they need to be blacked-out with a black marking pen to assure anonymity in all judging situations.

Only 1 ENTRY per Sub-Category will be allowed except in categories 23F, 27, 29, 30A, 32, 33, 34, M2B-E, M3, M4, C2B, C2E, C2F only if the entries are VERY obviously not the same beer or mead. If the entries are determined that they may be the same, then both will be disqualified.

By submitting an entry to this competition, brewers agree to provide a recipe if requested.

All entry fees, names of competitor, address, phone number, Class and Subcategory entered must accompany entries when submitted. No entries will be returned whether received late or otherwise. All entries become property of the Prairie Homebrewing Companions Competition Committee.

Beers will be disqualified for entry requirements infractions. These entries may still be judged but will be ineligible for awards or prizes.

Completed entry forms must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.


Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:00 AM, CDT through Friday, October 26, 2018 5:00 PM, CDT.

Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

Midwest Homebrewing Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd.; Minneapolis, MN 55416
(952) 925-9854
*Drop off your entries between October 13th and Noon on October 20th

Northern Brewer - Minneapolis
6021 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
*Drop off your entries between October 13th and Noon on October 20th

Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Avenue; St Paul, MN 55105
*Drop off your entries between October 13th and Noon on October 20th

Papa Murphy"s Take "N" Bake Pizza
1617 32nd Ave S Suite Z; Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 232-7200
*Drop off your entries between October 13th and 5:00pm on Friday, October 26th - Please put your entries in a plain bag or box as minors work in this business

The Hop Shop
3403 W Division St, St. Cloud, MN, 56301
*Drop off your entries between October 13th and Noon on October 20th

Thirsty Pagen Brewing
1623 Broadway St, Superior, WI
(715) 394-2500
*Drop off your entries between October 13th and 3:00pm on October 20th


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Saturday, October 13, 2018 11:00 AM, CDT through Friday, October 26, 2018 5:00 PM, CDT.

Ship entries to:

Papa Murphy's - Attn: Hoppy Halloween
1617 32nd Ave S Suite Z; Fargo, ND 58103

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.


Judging Session Locations and Dates

Prairie Rose Meadery - Tuesday 5:45
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 5:45 PM, CDT

Prairie Rose Meadery - Tuesday 8:00
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:00 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri, 12:00
Friday, November 2, 2018 12:00 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 2:30
Friday, November 2, 2018 2:30 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 5:45
Friday, November 2, 2018 5:45 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 8:15
Friday, November 2, 2018 8:15 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Sat 9:00 am
Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:00 AM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Sat 12:30
Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:30 PM, CDT

Halloween Theme Beer - 4:00 Sat
Saturday, November 3, 2018 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, November 3, 2018 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