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Hoppy Halloween Challenge
Homebrewing Competition 2023


Best of Show - Beer:
"Spring Break! Passion Fruit!" a Catharina Sour made by Kevin Olson from ZZHops Homebrewing Club


Best of Show - Mead/Cider:

"Michigan U-Pick: Montmorency Vs. Balaton Vs. Danube" a Stone Fruit Mead made by Matthew Mead from the Michigan Mead Coalition


Great Pumpkin winner:

Bill Boyer - North Georgia Malt Monkeys


Fresh Killed Hops Beer:

"Gutter Grown Grisette" made by Alex Williams and Patrick Williams with the Kansas City Bier Meisters


Halloween Theme Beer:

 "The Apocalypse Starter Kit" made by Travis Cherry with the Bay Area Mashtronauts


 Full List of Hoppy Halloween 2023 Results


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Eric Sanders is the 4th to earn Grand Master Brewer status in the Award of Brewing

Submitting his final beers just before the Award of Brewing program converts to 2015 BJCP guidelines, Eric Sanders became the 4th brewer to earn the status of Grand Master Brewer in the Award of Brewing program in February 2016.  Eric brewed acceptable examples of every single style category and subcategory of beer, cider and mead in the 2008 BJCP Guidelines - 98 beers.  With the 2015 guidelines, the number of beers needed  to qualify for Grand Master increases to 128.



Dick Nilles earns Grand Master Brewer status in the Award of Brewing Program

On October 8th 2014, Dick Nilles became only the 3rd brewer to earn the status of Grand Master Brewer in the Award of Brewing program and the first to get this status in 11 years.  Dick brewed acceptable examples of every single style category and subcategory of beer, cider and mead in the current BJCP Guidelines - 98 beers in all. 



Susan & Bob Ruud's Traditional Mead Wins Gold at the 2013 National Homebrew Competition

PHC members, Susan & Bob Ruud won a Gold Medal at the 2013 AHA National Homebrew Competition in Category 24 Traditional Mead.  Susan also won the gold medal in this same category back in 2006.



Tom Roan & Nancy Bowser Win President of Beers 

Fargo homebrewers Tom Roan and Nancy Bowser were invited to send in a homebrew to Willamette Weekly’s ‘President of Beer’ competition.  

This competition was created by this Portland Oregon website as a battle between the 50 flagship commercial beers from each state.  Well North Dakota does not have a full brewery operating within the state at the time of the competition so they asked some homebrewers.

Well Tom and Nancy sent in some bottles of Beaverbear Barleywine and Willamette Weekly got a panel of judges together and did a blind tasting scoring all 50 beers and the one on top, was Tom and Nancy’s barleywine, beating out some very well known commercial beers from the other states.  Minnesota’s representative was Summit EPA and it got 39th place.  Page1 Page2



PHC Member David Batcheller published in Zymurgy

The article Wood's Wild Side appearing on page 18 of the September/October 2012 issue of 'Zymurgy' magazine was written by PHC member David Batcheller and other members of the club helped out with the process and the tasting of the resulting test beers.



Vince Rokke's Munich Helles Wins Gold at the 2011 National Homebrew Competition

PHC member Vince Rokke, won a Gold Medal with his Munich Helles at the 2011 AHA National Homebrew Competition in Category 1 - Light Lagers.  He was also 1st Runner Up for Homebrewer for the year.  Only a single beer beat him out in this competition of 6996 entries.



PHC Back on BrewingTV for Hoppy Halloween and Jamil Zainascheff

Chip from BrewingTV was in Fargo for Hoppy Halloween 2010 and had a full weekend.  He covered 2 club brews, interviewed Susan Ruud about the club's yeast bank, talked to featured speaker Jamil Zainascheff, and covered Hoppy Halloween judging and awards including Halloween Theme Beer Judging.

Chip had a great time and you can see all the fun he had in Episode 23 of BrewingTV now online.



PHC on Brewing TV at NHC

At the 2010 National Homebrewers Conference, Brewing TV did some filming at Club Night.  Dave Trautmann of the PHC is featured in the static picture for the episode (right) and you can see the PHC table for Club Night and the 'Wheel of Beer' at around the 20:15 point in the episode and President Tony Huseby a bit later pouring his own beer and tasting.  They got to pull their own Ordinary Bitter off the beer engine and they liked it so much that they asked for Nancy and Tom's recipe to be include on their site.



Basic Brewing Radio Club Spotlight: PHC

Basic Brewing

At the 2010 AHA National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis, James and Steve recorded Basic Brewing Radio live and interviewed PHC members on several topics along with tasting some of our beers and a mead.

Susan Ruud - NHC organization and her blackberry mead.

Ray Taylor and Karl Gunderson - PHC History and the Award of Brewing Program

Dave Batcheller - His Imperial Belgian Pale Ale

Tom Roan - Brewing in the northern climate

Vince Rokke - His Amarillo American Pale Ale

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Prairie Homebrewers On the Evening News

On Saturday April 17th 2010, several members of the Prairie Homebrewing Companions spent the day together brewing a bunch of beer to go into a Jack Daniels barrel.  That evening, WDAY news featured that group in their news.  



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