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This competition is BJCP and AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur mead maker age 21 or older.
All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time. DO NOT attempt to ship your entries through the United States Postal Service.
All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.
All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).
The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.
The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles and/or substyles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.
Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.
Mead makers are not limited to one entry in each category (Traditional, Fruit, Spiced or Specialty) but may only enter a unique mead in each subcategory once. Michigan Only entries may ALSO be entered in another category, however. Additional fee and bottles are required for Michigan Only entries. See the description of Michigan Only for further information.
The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style or substyle categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style and substyle in which they were originally entered.
The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners. Michigan Only entries will advance to the Best of Show round unless there is a duplicate entry advancing to BOS in another category.
Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.
|35A MICHIGAN ONLY (Custom Style)||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|
Best of Show will receive two very special awards sponsored by The Glass Academy and Dutch Gold Honey. Please visit our sponsors!
The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.
Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. The categories are: Traditional, Fruit, Spiced, Specialty, and Michigan Only.
The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show mead selected. In the event the 1st place entry in the Michigan Only category is also advancing to BOS in another category, only ONE advancement will be permitted.
Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.
Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes. Score sheets for entries not awarded a medal will be scanned and emailed to entrants. Please assure that your email address is correct when registering!
Awards at the Michigan Mead Cup will qualify for the Meadmaker of the Year Competition through the American Mead Makers Association. https://mead-makers.org/national-mead-maker-of-the-year/
Plus, you can brag to your all of your family and friends on how awesome you are.