2022 Mead CRAFTERS Competition

2022 Awards

More than 380 entered, but only one came out on top. Gin Barrel Metheglin from The Brimming Horn Meadery, LLC of Milton, DE, took home Best of Show honors at the 2022 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.

2022 Mead Crafters Competition Winners

Best of Show: Gold

Gin Barrel Metheglin
The Brimming Horn Meadery
Milton, DE

Best of Show: Silver

Elderberry Mead
Wyldewood Cellars
Peck, KS

Best of Show: Bronze

Raspberry
Wyldewood Cellars
St. Joseph, IL

Dessert Mead — Set Adrift, Pye Road Meadworks

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Ironsides Reign, Four Brothers Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Bee 100, 1634 Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Purple Reign, Blue Honey

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Oaked Black Cherry, Wandering Bard Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Rhubarb/Raspberry Blossom, Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Raspberry, Wyldewood Cellars

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Elderberry Mead, Wyldewood Cellars

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

Metheglin Sweet — Bumble, The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Eir’s Song, Atheling Meadworks

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Black Rabbit of Bordeaux, Bluewood Brewing

Pyment Sweet — Somm Series Syrah, Bluewood Brewing

Specialty Dry — Nursery Crimes, House Bear Brewing, LLC

Specialty Dry — Raspberry Chamomile Hydromel, Whistle Hop Brewing Company

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Hibiscus Lime, Wild Blossom Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Granny’s Apple Pie, Etowah Meadery / The Dahlonega Brewery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Grand Admiral, Queen City Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Arrangement of Beliefs, Pye Road Meadworks

Specialty Sweet — Gin Barrel Metheglin, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Grand Noir, Bluewood Brewing

Specialty Sweet — Barrel Aged Stop Pecan Me, Unpossible Mead, Inc.

Traditional Dry — Dry Wildflower Mead, Martin Brothers Winery

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

Varietal Dry — Hawaiian Lehua Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Varietal Dry — Oregon Chicory Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Varietal Semi-Sweet— Mamane, Garagiste Meadery

Varietal Semi-Sweet— Orange Blossom Traditional, Wandering Bard Meadery

Varietal Semi-Sweet— Mesquite Blossom, Feisty Brood Meadery, Inc.

Varietal Sweet— Orange Blossom, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Design — Tempest, Batch Mead

Braggots Tacos @ Noon (Jalapeno Cornbread), Wild West Mead Company

Cyser Apple 3.14, Monks Meadery

Dessert Mead Aelfwynn’s Song, Atheling Meadworks

Dessert Mead — Beary Cherry Cheesecake, Unpossible Mead, Inc.

Dessert Mead — Bit of Cherry Chocolate, Honeybound Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — #notapineapple, Honey & Hops Brew Works

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Bacchus Blushed, Monks Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Blossom, Clear Skies Meadery

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

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Shield Maiden, Atheling Meadworks

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Wild Berry Mead, Five Sons Winery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Linnunratta, Oran Mor Artisan Mead, LLC

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — That’s My Jam, Blue Honey

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Cranberry Limeade, KingView Mead, Wine, and Hard Cider

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Rubee, Queen’s Reward

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Chaucer’s Pomegranate Mead, Chaucer’s Cellars

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

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — RB&B, Etowah Meadery / The Dahlonega Brewery

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

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Got the Blues, Etowah Meadery / The Dahlonega Brewery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — The Overview Effect, Space Time Mead & Cider Works

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Berry’d Gold, Contrivance

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — AMY, Queen City Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — AnnannTe, Keeper’s Cult Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Livid, Fitzgibbon Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Across the Volga, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Fafnir’s Blood, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Valkyrie, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Strawberry Shortcake Mead, Batch Mead

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

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Cherry/Japanese Knotweed, Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Honey of a Plum, White Winter Mead, Cider, Spirits

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Berry Nice, Fitzgibbon Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Easier on the B’s, Treehive Inc.

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Puffs Sweet Heat, Saga Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Friar Lukes, 1634 Meadery

Pyment Dry — Gemütlichkeit, Waldmet Cellars

Pyment Dry — Cherokee Street Connection, Bluewood Brewing

Pyment Dry — Honey Zin, Juniper Tree Meadery

Pyment Dry — Scarlet Noir, Queen’s Reward

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Somm Series Riesling, Bluewood Brewing

Pyment Sweet — Cernunnos, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Specialty Dry — Guava Galaxy, Thorax Meadworks

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Beltane Blossom, Mcgee’s Mead

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Earl Grey’s Kumquats, Mcgee’s Mead

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Barrel Aged Cyser, Dragon Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Mango Chili, Flora de Mel

Specialty Sweet — House Honeybrew, Leaf & Hive Brew Lab

Specialty Sweet — Make It So, Odd Elixer MeadWorks

Specialty Sweet — Hibiscus Honeybrew, Leaf & Hive Brew Lab

Specialty Sweet — Lavender Lemongrass Honeybrew, Leaf & Hive Brew Lab

Specialty Sweet — Pear Lavender, Dragon Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Bellerophon, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Specialty Sweet — Lemon Blueberry Scone, Garagiste Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Knotty Soda, Clear Skies Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Memnto Mori, Odd Elixer MeadWorks

Specialty Sweet — Chocolate Barrel Aged Strawberry Sunrise, Superstition Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Wolves of the Iron Wood, The Brimming Horn Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Smolder, Moonlight Meadery

Traditional Dry — Original Dry, Charm City Meadworks

Traditional Dry — High Oak Orange Blossom Mead, Martin Brothers Winery

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Sparkling Mead, Broken Brix

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

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Semi-Sweet, Bee-Town Mead & Cider, LCC

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Wildflower Mead, Martin Brothers Winery

Traditional Sweet — Sweet Mead, White Winter Mead, Cider, Spirits

Traditional Sweet — The Allfather’s, Valhalla Meadery

Traditional Sweet — Mead, Wyldewood Cellars

Traditional Sweet — Stinger, Winehaven Winery

Varietal Dry — Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Varietal Semi-Sweet — Show Me the Honey Angico, W A Meadworks Inc

Varietal Sweet — Snowberry, Garagiste Meadery

Braggot — Buzzworthy, Smog City Brewing Co. and Moonlight Meadery

Cyser — Honeybound Cyser, Honeybound Meadery

Dessert Mead  — Blackberry Mead, Contrivance

Dessert Mead — Cytherea, The Brimming Horn Meadery

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

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Make My Mead Mango, The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Apricot Mead Off-Dry, Starrlight Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Follow the Sun, Lilly Belle Meads

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Strawberry Mead, Wassail Inc DBA Maine Mead Works

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Dry — Blueberry Mead Off-Dry, Starrlight Mead

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Fable Farms Fig Forbidden, Fable Farms Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Artivem Mead Co.

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Scarlet Flycatcher, Artivem Mead Co.

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Embrace, Moonlight Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Admiral, Queen City Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Coffee Mead, Duck Creek Vineyard and Winery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Semi-Sweet — Blackberry, Keeper’s Cut Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Sunburst Citrus, Saga Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Peach Mead, Wyldewood Cellars

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Jason’s Blunder, 1634 Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Blueberry, Contrivance

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Sigrid, Fitzgibbon Meadery

Fruit / Vegetable Melomel Sweet — Red Totality, Garagiste Meadery

Metheglin Dry — Berserker Hop, Valhalla Meadery

Metheglin Dry — Juniper’s Choice, Juniper Tree Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Aphrodite’s Obsession, Oran Mor artisan Mead, LLC

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Hibiscus Ginger, Clear Skies Meadery

Metheglin Semi-Sweet — Vanilla Cinnamon Mead, Prairie Rose Meadery

Metheglin Sweet — Cinnabunfun, Williamson Mead and Brewing

Metheglin Sweet — Sweet Chai, Valhalla Meadery

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

Pyment Dry — Delta Dry, Queen’s Reward

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Purple and Gold, KingView Mead, Wine, and Hard Cider

Pyment Semi-Sweet — Nectar, Bears Bluff Meadery

Pyment Sweet — Delta Gold, Queen’s Reward

Pyment Sweet — Collaboration Pyment, Space Time Mead & Cider Works

Specialty Dry — Cherry Sour, Wehrloom Honey & Meadery

Specialty Dry — Werebear, House Bear Brewing, LLC

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Persephone, Mcgee’s Mead

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Viking Grog, KingView Mead, Wine, and Hard Cider

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Blackberry Mojito Hydromel, Whistle Hop Brewing Company

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Mead with Fig & Creamsicle, Bee-Town Mead & Cider, LLC

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Winter Berry, Sierra Foothills Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Tranquila, Superstition Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — The Burnt Altar Bochet, Valhalla Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Barrel Aged Bobby, Lilly Belle Meads

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Happy Meadium After Dark, The Mead Werks at Wilderbee Farm

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Strandurlaub “Beach Vacation”, Waldmet Cellars

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Mutiny in Paradise, Superstition Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Captain Magpie, Artivem Mead Co.

Specialty Semi-Sweet — Barrel Aged Bochet, Honeygirl Meadery

Specialty Semi-Sweet — From the Ashes, Batch Mead

Specialty Sweet — PB&J, Wild Blossom Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Cheer, Saga Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Smoked Cherry, Dragon Meadery

Specialty Sweet — Winter Spice, Queen’s Reward

Specialty Sweet — Chai Honeybrew, Leaf & Hive Brew Lab

Specialty Sweet — Blood of the Knights, Pye Road Meadworks

Specialty Sweet — Barrel Aged Mead, Feisty Brood Meadery, Inc.

Specialty Sweet — Polypore “Stout-Sour”, Leaf & Hive Brew Lab

Specialty Sweet — Knot Your Average Plum, Honeybound Meadery

Specialty Sweet — To the Pain, Odd Elixer Meadworks

Specialty Sweet — Creeper, Honey & Hops Brew Works

Traditional Dry — Sierra Gold, Sierra Foothills Meadery

Traditional Semi-Sweet — SuB, KingView Mead, Wine, and Hard Cider

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Honeycomb Mead, Five Sons Winery

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Vintage Mead, Lilly Belle Meads

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Scenic Drive, Honey & Hops Brew Works

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Traditional Mead, Prairie Rose Meadery

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Sol, Oran Mor Artisan Mead, LLC

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Sweet Blossom, Charm City Meadworks

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Orange Blossom Traditional, Slaymaker Cellars

Traditional Semi-Sweet — Mäusespeck “Marshmallow”, Waldmet Cellars

Traditional Sweet — Honeybound Red Bamboo, Honeybound Meadery

Traditional Sweet — Resplendent Quetzal, Artivem Mead Co.

Varietal Dry — California Buckwheat Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Varietal Dry — Oregon Radish Blossom, Heidrun Meadery

Varietal Dry — Mead from Cotton Blossom Honey, Bee-Town Mead & Cider, LLC

Varietal Semi-Sweet — Orange Blossom Semi-Sweet, Feisty Brood Meadery, Inc.

Varietal Semi-Sweet — Orange Blossom, Sierra Foothills Meadery

Varietal Semi-Sweet — Marshmallow Fields, Unpossible Mead, Inc.

Varietal Sweet — Honeybound Traditional, Honeybound Meadery

Varietal Sweet — Sunny Bear Sweet Clover, Treehive Inc.

Varietal Sweet — OB Traditional, Dragon Meadery

Session Meads

Best of Show: Gold

Warhammer
Crafted Artisan Meadery
Mogadore, OH

Best of Show: Silver

Berry Savage
Crafted Artisan Meadery
Mogadore, OH

Best of Show: Bronze

The Fuzz and The Flower
Unpossible Mead, Inc.
Dwight, IL

Gold Medal Winner — The Fuzz and The Flower, Unpossible Mead, Inc.

Silver Medal Winner — Bee Lucky, Lilly Belle Meads

Bronze Medal Winner — Monkacino, Monks Meadery

Gold Medal Winner — Warhammer, Crafted Artisan Meadery

Silver Medal Winner — Key Lime Pie, Crafted Artisan Meadery

Bronze Medal Winner — Beelini, Superstition Meadery

Gold Medal Winner — Berry Savage, Crafted Artisan Meadery

Silver Medal Winner Apple Crumble, Crafted Artisan Meadery

Bronze Medal Winner Rococo, Zen Bee Meadery