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Entries for Hoppy Halloween 2023 are limited to 400. This will include a PER ENTRANT limit of FIVE.

The banquet for Hoppy Halloween will be a ticketed event, including dinner and a speaker. More information will follow with details on this. Results will be posted in near real time on our Facebook page.

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 be 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 2021 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.


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

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

1B American Lager1A American Light Lager1D American Wheat Beer
1C Cream Ale2B International Amber Lager2C International Dark Lager
2A International Pale Lager3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager
3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager4B Festbier
4C Helles Bock4A Munich Helles5C German Helles Exportbier
5A German Leichtbier5D German Pils5B Kölsch
6C Dunkels Bock6A Märzen6B Rauchbier
7B Altbier7A Vienna Lager8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9C Baltic Porter9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock10B Dunkels Weissbier10A Weissbier
10C Weizenbock 11B Best Bitter11A Ordinary Bitter
11C Strong Bitter12B Australian Sparkling Ale12A British Golden Ale
12C English IPA13B British Brown Ale13A Dark Mild
13C English Porter14C Scottish Export14B Scottish Heavy
14A Scottish Light15C Irish Extra Stout15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout16B Oatmeal Stout
16A Sweet Stout16C Tropical Stout17A British Strong Ale
17A1 Burton Ale17D English Barley Wine17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy18B American Pale Ale18A Blonde Ale
19A American Amber Ale19C American Brown Ale19B California Common
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA
21B3 Brown IPA 21B7 Brut IPA 21C Hazy IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B Specialty IPA
21B6 White IPA 22C American Barleywine22B American Strong Ale
22A Double IPA22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23F Fruit Lambic 23G Gose
23E Gueuze23D Lambic23C Oud Bruin
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Bière de Garde 24A Witbier
25A Belgian Blond Ale25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale25B Saison
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale26B Belgian Dubbel26A Belgian Single
26C Belgian Tripel27A Historical Beer 27A1 Kellerbier
27A2 Kentucky Common27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 London Brown Ale
27A5 Piwo Grodziskie27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A8 Roggenbier27A9 Sahti28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer 28D Straight Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29D Grape Ale
29C Specialty Fruit Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer 30D Specialty Spice Beer
30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30C Winter Seasonal Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer 34A Commercial Specialty Beer
34C Experimental Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer LSX4 Catharina Sour
LSX1 Dorada PampeanaLSX2 IPA ArgentaLSX3 Italian Grape Ale
LSX5 New Zealand Pilsner50A Halloween Theme Beer/Mead/Cider (Custom Style) 51A Fresh Killed Hops Beer (Custom Style)
C1B English Cider C1C French Cider C1A New World Cider
C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry C2C Applewine
C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2D Ice Cider
C2A New England Cider C2F Specialty Cider/Perry M1A Dry Mead
M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead M2C Berry Mead
M2A Cyser M2E Melomel M2B Pyment
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M3A Fruit and Spice Mead M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
M4A Braggot M4C Experimental Mead M4B Historical Mead


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Sessions

FLOAT - Date and Time TBD
Sunday, October 15, 2023 6:00 PM, CDT

Wednesday "A" 5:30pm
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 5:30 PM, CDT

Wednesday "A" 8pm
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 8:00 PM, CDT

Sunday 1pm
Sunday, October 22, 2023 1:00 PM, CDT

Sunday 3pm
Sunday, October 22, 2023 3:00 PM, CDT

Wednesday "B" 5:30pm
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 5:30 PM, CDT

Wednesday "B" 8pm
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 8:00 PM, CDT

Friday 2pm
Friday, October 27, 2023 2:00 PM, CDT

Friday 5:30pm
Friday, October 27, 2023 5:30 PM, CDT

Friday 8pm
Friday, October 27, 2023 8:00 PM, CDT

Saturday 9am
Saturday, October 28, 2023 9:00 AM, CDT

Saturday 12pm
Saturday, October 28, 2023 12:00 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Best in Show
Saturday, October 28, 2023 2:00 PM, CDT

Country Inn & Suites - Theme Beer
Saturday, October 28, 2023 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 that 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, Fargo, ND
3316 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103
Saturday, October 28, 2023 5:00 PM, CDT


Circuit Qualification

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



and the High Plains Brewer