2020 Mead CRAFTERS Competition

2020 Awards

More than 300 entered, but only one came out on top. Mara Ume from Zen Bee Meadery of Columbus, OH, took home Best of Show honors at the 2020 Mead Crafters Competition, hosted by the National Honey Board. This year’s competition welcomed commercial meads which were submitted from craft meaderies throughout North America.

The Mead Crafters Competition is a BJCP certified program and judged by mead certified judges, mead makers and sommeliers. The submitted meads were judged on their aroma, appearance, flavor and overall impression.

2020 Mead Crafters Competition Winners

Best of Show: Gold

Mara Ume
Zen Bee Meadery
Columbus, OH

Best of Show: Silver

Hawaiian Lehua Blossom
Heidrun Meadery
Point Reyes Station, CA

Best of Show: Bronze

Existence Is Pain
Second City Meadery
Chicago, IL

Braggot

Gold

10 Penny Lane
GoodRoad CiderWorks
Charlotte, NC

Cyser

Gold

Honey de los Muertos
McGee’s Mead LLC
St. Helena, CA

Silver

Blossom
Moonlight Meadery LLC
Londonderry, NH

Bronze

Fallen
The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm
Port Townsend, WA

Dessert

Gold

Blueberry NBCC
Melovino
Vauxhall, NJ

Silver

Holiday Harbor
White Winter Meadery
Iron River, WI

Bronze

Mead with Chocolate & Raspberry
Bee-Town Mead & Cider
Bluffton, SC

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry

Gold

Crosswalk
GoodRoad CiderWorks
Charlotte, NC

Silver

Shield Maiden
Atheling Meadworks
Roanoke, VA

Bronze

New Groove
Maryland Meadworks
Hyattsville, MD

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet

Gold

Desire
Moonlight Meadery LLC
Londonderry, NH

Silver

CHAUCER’S Raspberry Mead
Bargetto Santa Cruz Winery
Soquel, CA

Bronze

Oaked Black Cherry
Wandering Bard Meadery
Greenville, SC

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet

Gold

Peach Mead
Wyldewood Cellars Illinois
St Joseph, IL

Silver

Pucker Up
Queen’s Reward Meadery
Tupelo, MS

Bronze

Elderberry/Blackberry Mead
Wyldewood Cellars

Metheglin Dry

Gold

Stigmata
Monks Meadery
Athens, GA

Silver

Bitter Bee
Maryland Meadworks
Hyattsville, MD

Silver

Chaos Curse
KVLT MEAD
Tacoma, WA

Metheglin Semi-Sweet

Gold

Mead with Coffee Beans
Bee-Town Mead & Cider
Bluffton, SC

Silver

Ginger Mead
Honeygirl Meadery
Durham, NC

Bronze

Hibiscus
Hive and Barrel Meadery
Crestwood, KY

Metheglin Sweet

Gold

Madagascar
Moonlight Meadery LLC
Londonderry, NH

Silver

Sweet Earl Grey
Valhalla Meadery
Bozeman, MT

Bronze

Chasing Alice
Lost Cause Meadery
San Diego, CA

Pyment

Gold

Honey River Pyment
Healthberry Farm
Dryfork, WV

Silver

Eir’s Song
Atheling Meadworks
Roanoke, VA

Bronze

Seneca Nectar
Fossenvue Winery
Lodi, NY

Session Dry

Gold

Weekend Water
Haymaker Meadery
Perkasie, PA

Silver

Butter Buzz
Monks Meadery
Athens, GA

Bronze

Gewürzkuchen
Waldmet Cellars
Jasper, GA

Session Semi-Sweet

Gold

Mara Ume
Zen Bee Meadery
Columbus, OH

Silver

Dreki Skald
Wandering Bard Meadery
Greenville, SC

Bronze

Mead-Ahh-rita
Etowah Meadery
Dahlonega, GA

Session Sweet

Gold

Honey Kwench
White Winter Meadery
Iron River, WI

Silver

Pear of Peaches
Zen Bee Meadery
Columbus, OH

Bronze

Pink Zilla
Zen Bee Meadery
Columbus, OH

Specialty Dry

Gold

Rockin Rye
Haymaker Meadery
Perkasie, PA

Silver

Abstinence in the Abbey
Monks Meadery
Athens, GA

Bronze

Odin’s Tears
Valhalla Meadery
Bozeman, MT

Specialty Semi-Sweet

Gold

Seven In Dog Years
Black Labs Craft Meadery
Olathe, KS

Silver

Sakura
Zen Bee Meadery
Columbus, OH

Bronze

Hot For Teacher
Melovino
Vauxhall, NJ

Specialty Sweet

Gold

Existence Is Pain
Second City Meadery
Chicago, IL

Silver

Art Of The Peel
Lost Cause Meadery
San Diego, CA

Bronze

Monkey Bread
Moonlight Meadery LLC
Londonderry, NH

Traditional Dry

Gold

Sol
Oran Mor Artisan Mead, LLC
Roseburg, OR

Silver

Farmhouse Wildflower Mead
Honeygirl Meadery
Durham, NC

Bronze

Dry Wildflower
Martin Brothers Winery
Hermann, MO

Traditional Semi-Sweet

Gold

CHAUCER’S Mead
Bargetto Santa Cruz Winery
Soquel, CA

Silver

Lucky Monk
Texas Mead Works
Seguin, TX

Bronze

Minstrel’s Mead
Texas Mead Works
Seguin, TX

Traditional Sweet

Gold

Traditional Mead
Prairie Rose Meadery
Fargo, ND

Silver

Allfather Sweet Mead
Valhalla Meadery
Bozeman, MT

Bronze

Sweet Mead
White Winter Meadery
Iron River, WI

Varietal Dry

Gold

Hawaiian Lehua Blossom
Heidrun Meadery
Point Reyes Station, CA

Silver

Friending Fenrir
Clear Skies Meadery
Gaithersburg, MD

Bronze

California Buckwheat Blossom
Heidrun Meadery
Point Reyes Station, CA

Varietal Semi-Sweet

Gold

Lucerne Blossom
Martin Brothers Winery
Hermann, MO

Silver

Nowhere to Hide Vol 4
Mechalore MeadWorks

Bronze

Kiss the Demon
KVLT MEAD
Tacoma, WA

Varietal Sweet

Gold

Red Bamboo
Honeybound Meadery
Tyngsboro, MA

Silver

Clover Mead Badd
W A Meadwerks
Lindenhurst, NY

Bronze

Orange Blossom Mead
Misty Mountain Meadworks
Winchester, VA

Design

Gold

Sweet Blossom
Charm City Meadworks
Baltimore, MD

Silver

Autumnal
The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm
Port Townsend, WA

Bronze

Rock Me Aristaeus
Melovino
Vauxhall, NJ