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Thanks to all who participated in the Hoppy Halloween Challenge.

There were 377 entries judged and 662 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stKevin OlsonSpring Break! Passion Fruit!LSX4: Catharina SourZZHops Homebrewing Club

Best of Show – Mead/Cider

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMatthew MeadMichigan U-Pick: Montmorency Vs. Balaton Vs. DanubeM2D: Stone Fruit MeadMichigan Mead Coalition

Winning Entries

Table 1: Table 1 - Light Lager (27 entries)

1stSimon ClarkEye-Gore4A: Munich HellesKansas City Bier Meisters
2ndDarren Vaughn
Co-Brewer: Tim Bewley
Over The Helles And Far Away5C: German Helles ExportbierFellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM) [OK]
3rdDick WallaceNeon Golfcart1B: American LagerSan Antonio Cerveceros

Table 2: Table 2 - Pilsner (8 entries)

1stTimothy WicklundRiesling PilsLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerKeepers of Craft
2ndBrian StephensCzech3A: Czech Pale LagerKeepers of Craft
3rdMichael MyersLady Of The Lake3B: Czech Premium Pale LagerHorsemen of the Hopocalypse

Table 3: Table 3 - European Amber Lager (17 entries)

1stFritz SchanzStearman's Czech Amber Lager3C: Czech Amber LagerDenton County Homebrewers Guild
2ndMike & Stephanie ButlerFuneral Goose7A: Vienna LagerKansas City Bier Meisters
3rdScott SteenburgVienna #17A: Vienna LagerFoam Blowers of Indiana (FBI)

Table 4: Table 4 - Dark Lager (13 entries)

1stJason HuckSwan Stone8A: Munich DunkelPrairie Homebrewing Companions
2ndSimon ClarkBlücher *hose Whinny*8B: SchwarzbierKansas City Bier Meisters
3rdMike & Stephanie ButlerNormandy Sailor3D: Czech Dark LagerKansas City Bier Meisters

Table 5: Table 5 - Bock (10 entries)

1stJason HuckDoppleganger9A: Doppelbock Prairie Homebrewing Companions
2ndJason HuckEis Eis Baby Too Cold Too Cold9B: EisbockPrairie Homebrewing Companions
3rdDan AchesonWinfield Ate Her Again9A: Doppelbock Urban Knaves of Grain

Table 6: Table 6 - Light Hybrid Beer (10 entries)

1stKevin OlsonGrits By The Pool1C: Cream AleZZHops Homebrewing Club
2ndSimon ClarkWhat Knockers!18A: Blonde AleKansas City Bier Meisters
3rdShaun HugginsThat's No (Blue) Moon1D: American Wheat BeerSan Antonio Cerveceros

Table 7: Table 7 - Amber Hybrid Beer (12 entries)

1stDick WallaceLederhosen Lingerie7B: AltbierSan Antonio Cerveceros
2ndRandy Daniels KC McKinneyCalifornia Love19B: California CommonIowa Brewers Union
3rdGerad MillerThey Say All Native Californians Come From Iowa19B: California CommonDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists

Table 8: Table 8 - English Pale Ale (5 entries)

1stGenaro GarzaAussie - DC12B: Australian Sparkling AleSan Antonio Cerveceros
2ndSam Hoopes1 Bit 2 Bit11A: Ordinary BitterNinja Homebrewers
3rdVincent Rokke
Co-Brewer: Cole Rokke
Lost Weekend In London11B: Best BitterPrairie Homebrewing Companions

Table 9: Table 9 - Scottish and Irish Ale (7 entries)

1stPaul PitreScottish Goodbye17C: Wee HeavyRedstick Brewmasters
2ndMatt HunsworthMaltsquatch14C: Scottish ExportBrewers Anonymous
3rdTravis CherryRed Is Sus15A: Irish Red AleBay Area Mashtronauts

Table 10: Table 10 - American Ale (17 entries)

1stMike & Stephanie ButlerDandy Andy's Brown19C: American Brown AleKansas City Bier Meisters
2ndMatt HunsworthRed Wolf Astronaut19A: American Amber AleBrewers Anonymous
3rdBen SencindiverBeep Boop Pale Ale18B: American Pale AleSan Antonio Cerveceros

Table 11: Table 11 - English Brown and Mild (8 entries)

1stChris DailyMild Mannered By Daily13A: Dark Mild
2ndJason DunnNubby Brown13B: British Brown AleInland Empire Brewers
3rdJeremy RottOnyx13A: Dark MildJohnson County Brew Society

Table 12: Table 12 - Porter (12 entries)

1stJeremiah BaerPorter Baer13C: English PorterEast Side Brewers [IL]
2ndJason Dunn
Co-Brewer: Mandy Porter
Pitfall Porter9C: Baltic PorterInland Empire Brewers
3rdPeter PolczynskiJean Were Invented In Latvia9C: Baltic PorterFellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM)

Table 13: Table 13 - Stout (19 entries)

1stPaul PitreRohan 202320C: Imperial StoutRedstick Brewmasters
2ndDavid FettyImperial Stout20C: Imperial StoutBrixie's Brewers
3rdSam HoopesStout, Stout! Let It All Out!20C: Imperial StoutNinja Homebrewers

Table 14: Table 14 - American and Double IPA (12 entries)

1stMichael LoulaHopocalypse Now22A: Double IPA
2ndDwight WilsonNectaronopolis #mhp21A: American IPAO-Town Hop Heads
3rdDavid KerrStrata Coaster21A: American IPAOcean County Home Brewers

Table 15: Table 15 - Other IPA (16 entries)

1stZach FrittsType O Negative21B2: Black IPA Club Wort
2ndEdward CollinsRival Red21B4: Red IPA
3rdAdam SkjefstadSatan's Saliva 21B2: Black IPA River City Brewers [MN]

Table 16: Table 16 - German Wheat and Rye (9 entries)

1stGerad MillerGermany Has Declared War On The Jones Boys10A: WeissbierDayton Regional Amateur Fermentation Technologists
2ndVincent Rokke
Co-Brewer: Ray Sanders
G.Ray's Hefe Haze10A: WeissbierPrairie Homebrewing Companions
3rdJay HighfillA Welshman And A Weissbier10C: Weizenbock Kansas City BierMeisters

Table 17: Table 17 - Belgian and French Ale (18 entries)

1stJarrett Long
Co-Brewer: John Bates
Single Monk Looking To Mingle26A: Belgian SingleHorsemen of the Hopocalypse
2ndMatthew MeadFrench Saison25B: Saison Michigan Mead Coalition
3rdMatthew JohnsenWitgardium Leviosa24A: WitbierRock Hoppers Brew Club

Table 18: Table 18 - Sour Ale (19 entries)

1stKevin OlsonSpring Break! Passion Fruit!LSX4: Catharina Sour ZZHops Homebrewing Club
2ndEric MartinPlum23F: Fruit Lambic Kansas City Bier Meisters
3rdFritz SchanzStearman's Gose23G: GoseDenton County Homebrewers Guild

Table 19: Table 19 - Belgian Strong Ale (20 entries)

1stChad MedfordBa-Dee-Ya26D: Belgian Dark Strong AleRed Earth Brewers
2ndKevin OlsonEric's Brady Bunch Movie References25C: Belgian Golden Strong AleZZHops Homebrewing Club
3rdEdward CollinsBianca Blond25A: Belgian Blond Ale

Table 20: Table 20 - Strong Ale (10 entries)

1stDavid FettyOl' 6322C: American BarleywineBrixie's Brewers
2ndRobert Baker
Co-Brewer: Karissa Curatolo
It's Strong Daddy, Strong.22B: American Strong AleInland Empire Brewers
3rdJay HighfillKrankenberg17D: English Barley WineKansas City BierMeisters

Table 21: Table 21 - Fruit Beer (9 entries)

1stJarrett Long
Co-Brewer: John Bates
My, My, My, Key Lime Pie29A: Fruit Beer Horsemen of the Hopocalypse
2ndDavid KerrSunny-D Saison29A: Fruit Beer Ocean County Home Brewers
3rdFritz SchanzStearman's Fruited Mixed Fermentation Blonde29A: Fruit Beer Denton County Homebrewers Guild

Table 22: Table 22 - Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (15 entries)

1stAlan RotenJalapeño Kolsch30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Red Earth Brewers
2ndRon BarnesCheer Bear Stare 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Kansas City Bier Meisters
3rdJoel McGormleyHatch Cornbread30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

Table 23: Table 23 - Smoke-Flavored/Wood-Aged Beer (14 entries)

1stRandy Daniels KC McKinneyKaltrauch6B: RauchbierIowa Brewers Union
2ndSean McCanneWould You Like Some Wine With That Wheat?33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Red Earth Brewers
3rdSteve Powell
Co-Brewer: Matt Meyers Marty Lund
BA Bubble And Squeak 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Big Sioux Brewing Society

Table 24: Table 24 - Specialty Beer (17 entries)

1stJake Jones
Co-Brewer: Dean Simpson
The Hypocrite J. Morris Sheppard31B: Alternative Sugar Beer Bay Area Mashtronauts
2ndRon Barnes
Co-Brewer: Ryan Rose
Money Shot31A: Alternative Grain Beer Kansas City Bier Meisters
3rdDeborah And Marc PrichardProfessor Pickles The Destroyer #mhp27A3: LichtenhainerKansas City Bier Meisters

Table 25: Table 25 - Traditional Mead (5 entries)

1stBill BoyerHoly Hand Grenade Of Antioch - Lemon 2023M1C: Sweet MeadNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndMatthew MeadMidwest Clover B3 : DryM1A: Dry MeadMichigan Mead Coalition
3rdDan AchesonAloha LehuaM1A: Dry MeadUrban Knaves of Grain

Table 26: Table 26 - Fruit Mead (5 entries)

1stMatthew MeadMichigan U-Pick: Montmorency Vs. Balaton Vs. DanubeM2D: Stone Fruit Mead Michigan Mead Coalition
2ndMatthew WhitePOG JuiceM2E: Melomel Seven City Brewers
3rdBill BoyerQuest For The Holy Grail 2023M2B: PymentNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys

Table 27: Table 27 - Spice and Specialty Mead (10 entries)

1stShane Kammerer
Co-Brewer: Susan Kammerer
If You Let It Sit Long Enough..M4B: Historical Mead Kansas City Bier Meisters
2ndKyle KielyLuka LucilleM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead
3rdShawn MontgomeryBobbin For CyserM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Iowa Brewers Union

Table 28: Table 28 - Standard Cider & Perry (9 entries)

1stZach FrittsBCC1B: English CiderClub Wort
2ndBill BoyerBeing There - CL23C1A: New World CiderNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys
3rdKevin MeintsmaMari's Perry #142.3C1D: New World PerryMinnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 29: Table 29 - Specialty Cider & Perry (14 entries)

1stBill BoyerCrema Di Chai TeaC2F: Specialty Cider/Perry North Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndKevin MeintsmaDrive By FruitingC2B: Cider with Other Fruit Minnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdKyle KielyGolden Apple Of ErisC2E: Cider with Herbs/Spices

Table 30: Table 30 - Halloween Theme Beer (5 entries)

1stTravis CherryThe Apocalypse Starter Kit50A: Halloween Theme Beer/Mead/Cider Bay Area Mashtronauts
2ndAlex Williams
Co-Brewer: Patrick Williams
ZOMBGON50A: Halloween Theme Beer/Mead/Cider Kansas City Bier Meisters
3rdMyles BurkemperCherried Alive50A: Halloween Theme Beer/Mead/Cider Kansas City Bier Meisters

Table 31: Table 31 - Fresh Killed Hops (5 entries)

1stAlex Williams
Co-Brewer: Patrick Williams
Gutter Grown Grisette51A: Fresh Killed Hops Beer Kansas City Bier Meisters
2ndVincent RokkeViking Wet Hop51A: Fresh Killed Hops Beer Prairie Homebrewing Companions
3rdSteve RistauStau-Haus Extra Special Wet-Hopped Bitter51A: Fresh Killed Hops Beer