2021 Mead CRAFTERS Competition

2021 Awards

More than 380 entered, but only one came out on top. Mead with Sour Cherry from Bee-Town Mead & Cider, LLC of Bluffton, SC, took home Best of Show honors at the 2021 Mead Crafters Competition, hosted by the National Honey Board. This year’s competition welcomed commercial meads which were submitted from craft meaderies across the United States.

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.

2021 Mead Crafters Competition Winners

Best of Show: Gold

Mead with Sour Cherry
Bee-Town Mead & Cider, LLC
Bluffton, SC

Best of Show: Silver

Game of Thorns
Wildflyer Mead Co.
Navasota, TX

Best of Show: Bronze

From the Ashes
Batch Mead
Temecula, CA

Bracket / Braggot — 10 Penny Lane, GoodRoad CiderWorks

Bracket / Braggot — Buzzworthy, Smog City Brewing Co

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Midsummer Night’s Mead, Oran Mor Artisan Mead, LLC

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Blue Bee, Cigar City Cider and Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Triple Beere, KingView Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Blueberry Hex, Superstition Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Love Apple, Unpossible Mead, Inc.

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Crandemic, Honey & Hops Brew Works

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Marion the Barbarian, Manic Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Blueberry, Treehive

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Elderberry Blackberry Mead, Wyldewood Cellars

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Honey Chai Mead, Honeygirl Meadery

Metheglin Sweet — Sky River Lavender Mead, Sky River Mead

Metheglin Sweet — Lofnablom, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Metheglin Sweet — Royal Metheglin, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Stop-Your-Wining, Liquid Alchemy

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Simplicity, Queen City Meadery

Specialty Dry — Apero, Upper Reach Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Scarlett Ibis, Artivem Mead Co.

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Twilight Reserve, Ethereal Meads

Specialty Sweet — Cerberus, Garagiste Meadery / Mortalis Brewing Company

Specialty Sweet — Bourbon Barrel Aged Mead, Valley Vineyards

Traditional Dry — Angelic, Second City Meadery

Traditional Sweet — Mead, Wyldewood Cellars

Varietal Dry — Hawaiian Lehua Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Design — Buzzworthy, Smog City Brewing Co

Dessert Mead Sweet Choco-Cherry-Bon-Bon, Liquid Alchemy

Dessert Mead Sweet Double Chocolate Elliot, Manic Meadery

Dessert Mead Sweet Pucker Up, Queen’s Reward Meadery

Dessert Mead Sweet — Meadow of Mangoes, Rebel Hive Meadery

Dessert Mead Sweet — 2020 Voyage Dans La Lune, Space Time Mead & Cider Works

Dessert Mead Sweet — Nectarious, The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Shield Maiden, Atheling Meadworks

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Hopped, Clear Skies Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Currantly Buzzed, Honeypot Farms Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Paradise Unpaved, House Bear Brewing, LLC

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Dragon And Phoenix, Oran Mor Artisan Mead, LLC

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Magdalena, Queen Bee Brews

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Honey Badger, SoLu Estate Winery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Northern goshawk, Artivem Mead Co.

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Mead with Strawberry, Bee-Town Mead & Cider, LLC

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Kiwi Bee, Cigar City Cider and Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Pom Pom, Cigar City Cider and Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Waiving Distance, Cigar City Cider and Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Stone Pile Peach, Etowah Meadery, Corp

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Blood Orange Libation, Feisty Brood Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Atomic Breath, KVLT Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Black Velvet, Silver Hand Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — All Blues, Silver Hand Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Blueberry Mead, Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Strawberry Mead, Wassail Inc DBA Maine Mead Works

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Violet Beauregarde, WildFlyer Mead Co.

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Viking Lunchbox, Bluewood Brewing

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Blackberry Honey Wine, Dancing Bee Winery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Honey River Perry, Healthberry Farm

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Elliot, Manic Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Mega Meme, Unpossible Mead, Inc.

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Peach Mead, Wyldewood Cellars

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Elderberry Mead, Wyldewood Cellars

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Elderberry Blackberry Mead, Wyldewood Illinois

Metheglin Dry — Minuteman, 1634 Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Viking Victory, 1634 Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Honey Lavender, Blue Honey

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Spiced Sensation, Feisty Brood Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Vanilla Cinnamon, Prairie Rose Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Cinnamead, Winehaven

Metheglin Sweet — Honey Habanero, Queen’s Reward Meadery

Metheglin Sweet — Spiced Mead, Wassail Inc DBA Maine Mead Works

Pyment Dry — Odin’s Potion, Helderberg Meadworks

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Seneca Nectar, Fossenvue Wines

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Raud Pyment, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Pyment Sweet — Tripartite, Garagiste Meadery

Specialty Dry — Whiskey Barrel-Aged Wild Blueberry, Bee-Town Mead & Cider, LLC

Specialty Dry — Meant To Bee, Honeypot Farms Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — The Mike Browne, Chubby Cheeks Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Dahlonega Sunset, Etowah Meadery, Corp

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Viking Grog, KingView Mead

Specialty Sweet — Creeper, Honey & Hops Brew Works

Specialty Sweet — Apple Runner, Manic Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Rebel Lunch, Rebel Hive Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Winter Cheer, Saga Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Vanilla Tranquility, Second City Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Easy On The B’s, Treehive

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Amendment XIX, Fossenvue Wines

Traditional Semi-Sweet — It’s Not You, It’s Mead, Rebel Hive Meadery

Traditional Sweet — The Dark Wanderer, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Traditional Sweet — Stinger, Winehaven

Varietal Dry — California Sage Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Varietal Semi-Sweet — Meadowfoam, Garagiste Meadery

Varietal Semi-Sweet — Berry Blossom, Sierra Foothills Meadery

Varietal Sweet — Sweet Tupelo Blossom, Manic Meadery

Varietal Sweet — Eucalyptus Blossom, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Varietal Sweet — Lagertha’s Mead, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Cyser Semi-Sweet — Apple Honey Wine, Dancing Bee Winery

Cyser Sweet — Blossom, Moonlight Meadery

Cyser Sweet — Idunn’s Mead, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Design — Dune Bloom, Superstition Meadery

Bracket / Braggot — Mango Is Our Middle Name, RT66 OLD SCHOOL BREWING

Cyser Dry — Cyser, Rushford Meadery and Winery

Dessert Mead Sweet — Striped Owl, Artivem Mead Co.

Dessert Mead Sweet — Caress, Moonlight Meadery

Dessert Mead Sweet — Nectarious After Dark – Rye, The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm

Dessert Mead Sweet — Black Harbor, White Winter Mead, Cider, Spirits

Dessert Mead Sweet — Holiday Harbor, White Winter Mead, Cider, Spirits

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Devil’s Footprint, 1634 Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Dance, Frolic, and Cheer, GoodRoad CiderWorks

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Sriki Tiki, Monks Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Eir’s Song, Atheling Meadworks

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Blueberry Buckle, Blue Honey

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — CHAUCER’S Raspberry Mead, Chaucer’s Cellars

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Blossom, Clear Skies Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Raven’s Cassis, Clear Skies Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Got the Blues, Etowah Meadery, Corp

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — The Road Less Traveled, GoodRoad CiderWorks

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Back Trails, Honey & Hops Brew Works

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Hazardous, Maryland Meadworks

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Ida, Queen Bee Brews

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Blackberry Bay, SoLu Estate Winery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Pfirsichkuchen “Peach Pie”, Waldmet Cellars

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Origin, Wandering Bard Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Sanchez, B.Nektar

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — A Street Called Wanda, B.Nektar

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Fleur de Bees, B.Nektar

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Peach Pie, Batch Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Very Berry Jerry (VBJ), Bluewood Brewing

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Raspberry Mead, Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Lemon Mead, Prairie Rose Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Aretha, Queen Bee Brews

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Strawberry Swing, Silver Hand Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Mango, Treehive

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Freya’s Meaf, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Raspberry Mead, Wyldewood Illinois

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Blackberry Peach Mead, Wyldewood Illinois

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Elderberry Mead, Wyldewood Illinois

Metheglin Dry — Port Madera, Chubby Cheeks Meadery

Metheglin Dry — Peachin to the Choir, Monks Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Sucka Punch Reserve, Chubby Cheeks Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Orange Mead, Duck Creek Vineyard and Winery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Coffee Adoration, Feisty Brood Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Pillars of mercy, KVLT Mead

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Pucker-Up-Baby, Liquid Alchemy

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Jazzy Java, Rebel Hive Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Simply Ginger, SoLu Estate Winery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Tahitian Honeymoon, Superstition Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Lavender Mead, Wassail Inc DBA Maine Mead Works

Metheglin Sweet — Jack O’Hive, Misty Mountain Meadworks, Inc.

Metheglin Sweet — Sky River Chamomile Mead, Sky River Mead

Metheglin Sweet — Sky River Ginger Honey wine, Sky River Mead

Metheglin Sweet — Collaboration Lavender Mead, Space Time Mead & Cider Works / Honey Hole Winery

Metheglin Sweet — A Force of Time, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Metheglin Sweet — Autumnal, The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm

Metheglin Sweet — Gelos Mead, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Pyment Dry — Golden, KingView Mead

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Grape Mead, Duck Creek Vineyard and Winery

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Blooming Roots, Fossenvue Wines

Pyment Semi-Sweet — …Another Man’s Treasure, Unpossible Mead, Inc.

Pyment Sweet — Delta Gold, Queen’s Reward Meadery

Pyment Sweet — Snow Melt, Superstition Meadery

Specialty Dry — IPM, Honeypot Farms Meadery

Specialty Dry — Abstinence in the Abbey, Monks Meadery

Specialty Dry — Anbruch “Beginning”, Waldmet Cellars

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Sharp Shinned Hawk, Artivem Mead Co.

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Enlightened One, Cigar City Cider and Mead

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Honey Mojito, Prairie Rose Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Orange Spice, Prairie Rose Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Mantle of Whispers, Scale & Feather Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Cinnamon Tree, Silver Hand Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Höhepunkt “Culmination”, Waldmet Cellars

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Pretty Heart, WildFlyer Mead Co.

Specialty Sweet — Clarice, Bluewood Brewing

Specialty Sweet — Heart for the butcher, KVLT Mead

Specialty Sweet — Tempt, Moonlight Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Bourbon Barrel Aged Crisp Apple, Saga Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Puffs Sweet Heat, Saga Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Cherry Dearest, Zen Bee Meadery

Traditional Dry — Friending Fenrir, Clear Skies Meadery

Traditional Dry — Valkyrie’s Tears, Clear Skies Meadery

Traditional Dry — Dry Mead, Wassail Inc DBA Maine Mead Works

Traditional Semi-Sweet — CHAUCER’S Sparkling Mead, Chaucer’s Cellars

Traditional Semi-Sweet — CHAUCER’S Mead, Chaucer’s Cellars

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Wildflower Mead, Martin Brothers Winery

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Virginia Tonight, Silver Hand Meadery

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Tupelo Traditional, Wandering Bard Meadery

Traditional Sweet — Midnight Dale, Atheling Meadworks

Traditional Sweet — Süb, KingView Mead

Traditional Sweet — Sky River Solas, Sky River Mead

Traditional Sweet — Honey Mead, Valley Vineyards

Varietal Dry — Dry Mead, Dancing Bee Winery

Varietal Dry — California Orange Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Varietal Dry — California Buckwheat Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Varietal Dry — Show Bear Orange, House Bear Brewing, LLC

Varietal Semi-Sweet — Desert Rain’s Kiss, Bluewood Brewing

Varietal Semi-Sweet — Orange Blossom Mead, Martin Brothers Winery

Varietal Sweet — Fall of Seraphs, KVLT Mead

Varietal Sweet — Orange Blossom Mead, Misty Mountain Meadworks, Inc.

Varietal Sweet — Tastes Like Toffee, Unpossible Mead, Inc.

Design — Autumnal, The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm

Session Meads

Best of Show: Gold

Honey Kwench
White Winter Mead, Cider, Spirits

Best of Show: Silver

Tempest
Batch Mead

Best of Show: Bronze

Weekend Water Dry Hopped
Upper Reach Meadery

Gold Medal Winner — Weekend Water Dry Hopped, Upper Reach Meadery

Silver Medal Winner — Sunrise Bay, B.Nektar

Bronze Medal Winner — Weekend Water Guava + Hibiscus, Upper Reach Meadery

Gold Medal Winner — Honey Kwench, White Winter Mead, Cider, Spirits

Silver Medal Winner — Peacemaker, Queen City Meadery

Bronze Medal Winner — Dune Bloom, Superstition Meadery

Gold Medal Winner Tempest, Batch Mead

Silver Medal Winner White Rabbit, Zen Bee Meadery

Bronze Medal Winner Everyberry, Zen Bee Meadery