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The Hoppy Halloween Challenge held in Fargo, ND 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 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 British 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 


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Prairie Rose Meadery - Wed 5:45
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:45 PM, CDT

Prairie Rose Meadery - Wed 8 PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 8:00 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri, 12:00
Friday, October 25, 2019 12:00 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 2:30
Friday, October 25, 2019 2:30 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 5:45
Friday, October 25, 2019 5:45 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Fri 8:15
Friday, October 25, 2019 8:15 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Sat 9:00 am
Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:00 AM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Sat 12:30
Saturday, October 26, 2019 12:30 PM, CDT

Halloween Theme Beer - 4:00 Sat
Saturday, October 26, 2019 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 26, 2019 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