2023 Mead Crafters Competition


2023 Mead Crafters Competition


The Mead Crafters Competition is hosted by the National Honey Board to recognize the best meads in the country and will take place in St. Louis, Missouri over two days in 2023. The judging will be closed to the public.

The National Honey Board believes in having qualified judges of all entries for our competitions. Each flight will have at least one judge trained in mead judging. Awards for the Mead Competition will be awarded on a merit basis by a majority vote. Judges are asked to evaluate the mead in silence until everyone on the panel has finished their evaluation. A moderator records the judges’ votes.

Meads are presented to judges in a blind tasting format. Judging is absolutely anonymous; no mead bottles or cans are visible to the judges at any time until the competition is over. No judge may evaluate a product in which he/she has a stake or ownership. Judging is not based on personal preference, but by product quality.

For the 2023 competition, we will be enacting two different types of judging protocols.

  • Session / Draft Meads: This category will be judged based on established BJCP guidelines. One gold, silver and bronze medal will be given out per category.
  • All Other Meads: These categories will be judged like a traditional wine competition with a panel of sommeliers and mead judges analyzing a flight of up to 10 meads at a time and blindly judging the meads based solely on their quality, and not in comparison to other meads in the category. Under this process, multiple gold, silver and bronze medals may be awarded.

The judges’ decision is final and awards will not be changed after the judging is finished.