Hoppy Halloween Challenge Info
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The Hoppy Halloween Challenge is open to any homebrewer from within the United States and Canada. Affiliation of entrants with American Homebrewers Association is NOT a requirement. Contestants will be considered as an individual entrant on the basis of person's name appearing on the registration form. Combinations of brewers should appear in the same order on all entries. Applicable entry fees and entry limitations shall apply.
A homebrewer may not use homebrewing facilities other than their own, unless brewed with the help of the owner of those other homebrewing facilities. Furthermore, in this case, the beer must be entered under the name of all brewers who helped. Beers brewed in commercially licensed facilities, brew on premise, whether for commercial research or production, or for any other purpose, are ineligible.
All entries that are shipped must received at the designated location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.
The competition organizers are not responsible for miss-categorized entries, shipped entries that are not received by the
entry deadline, or entries that arrived broken or damaged.
Each entry should be entered according to the 2015 AHA/BJCP style guidelines. Entries must be referred to by category and subcategory letter.
Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. Each flight will have at least one BJCP qualified judge.
The Best of Show will be determined by a Blue Ribbon Panel based on a second judging of the winners of each eligible category.
Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
If the number of entries approaches 600, the competition coordinator reserves the right to close registration and cap the number of entries to maintain the integrity of the competition.
BJCP 2015 Judging Styles
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 Lager||1B American Lager||1C Cream Ale|
|1D American Wheat Beer||2A International Pale Lager||2B International Amber Lager|
|2C International Dark Lager||3A Czech Pale Lager||3B Czech Premium Pale Lager|
|3C Czech Amber Lager||3D Czech Dark Lager||4A Munich Helles|
|4B Festbier||4C Helles Bock||5A German Leichtbier|
|5B Kolsch||5C German Exportbier||5D German Pils|
|6A Marzen||6B Rauchbier||6C Dunkels Bock|
|7A Vienna Lager||7B Altbier||7C Kellerbier|
|8A Munich Dunkel||8B Schwarzbier||9A Doppelbock|
|9B Eisbock||9C Baltic Porter||10A Weissbier|
|10B Dunkels Weissbier||10C Weizenbock||11A Ordinary Bitter|
|11B Best Bitter||11C Strong Bitter||12A English Golden Ale|
|12B Australian Sparkling Ale||12C English IPA||13A Dark Mild|
|13B English Brown Ale||13C English Porter||14A Scottish Light|
|14B Scottish Heavy||14C Scottish Export||15A Irish Red Ale|
|15B Irish Stout||15C Irish Extra Stout||16A Sweet Stout|
|16B Oatmeal Stout||16C Tropical Stout||16D Foreign Extra Stout|
|17A English Strong Ale||17A1 Burton Ale||17B Old Ale|
|17C Wee Heavy||17D English Barleywine||18A Blonde Ale|
|18B American Pale Ale||19A American Amber Ale||19B California Common|
|19C American Brown Ale||20A American Porter||20B American Stout|
|20C Imperial Stout||21A American IPA||21B 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 IPA||22B American Strong Ale|
|22C American Barleywine||22D Wheatwine||23A Berliner Weisse|
|23B Flanders Red Ale||23C Oud Bruin||23D Lambic|
|23E Gueuze||23F Fruit Lambic||24A Witbier|
|24B Belgian Pale Ale||24C Biere de Garde||25A Belgian Blond Ale|
|25B Saison||25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale||26A Trappist Single|
|26B Belgian Dubbel||26C Belgian Tripel||26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale|
|27A Historical Beer||27A1 Gose||27A2 Piwo Grodziskie|
|27A3 Lichtenhainer||27A4 Roggenbier||27A5 Sahti|
|27A6 Kentucky Common||27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager||27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter|
|27A9 London Brown Ale||28A 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 Pampeana||PRX2 IPA Argenta||PRX3 Italian Grape Ale|
|PRX4 Catharina Sour||PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner|
Judging Session Locations and Dates
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.
The Hoppy Halloween Challenge is a participating competition in the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year
and the High Plains Brewer