2023 Mead Crafters Competition

Rules & Registration

2023 Mead Crafters Competition

The Mead Crafters Competition is open to all active meaderies and breweries operating within the United States that commercially produce meads in the following categories: bracket/braggot, cyser, dessert mead, other fruit/vegetable melomel, metheglin, pyment, session mead, specialty (open category), traditional, varietal. Multiple entries per category will be accepted, but each mead may only be submitted once. Meaderies will be limited to 5 entries.

Registration for the competition is free! However, all registrations must be submitted by the entry deadline of [COMING SOON]. The competition will be limited to 350 entries. Each meadery and brewery may submit multiple entries per category into the competition as long as the styles are within our guidelines. All applicants must complete the required entry form below to be considered registered for the competition.

All entries will receive judges’ notes.

All entries will be judged for the mead and for the packaging.

All winners will receive a physical medal and a digital seal for use on packaging and promotional materials.

Updated November 17, 2022

Shipping dates will be determined in 2023.

Shipping address will be determined in 2023.

All entrants must submit at least two 750ml bottles.

Each entrant is responsible for shipping costs.

Please note that your shipment must arrive before the final shipping date for the competition organizers to ensure they are judged. Late entries are subject to not being judged.

Bracket or Braggot

Honeywine made with malt, must be fermented from at least 20% honey.


Honeywine made with apple cider, apple juice or apples.

Dessert Mead

Honeywine win an ABV of 14% alcohol or over. This category may also include any ingredients from other categories.

  • Dessert Mead – Semi-Sweet
  • Dessert Mead – Sweet
Other Fruit/Vegetable Melomel

This is an open category for all other melomels. (Meads made with grapes or grape juices should be entered in Category: Pyment)

  • Other Fruit/Vegetable Melomel – Dry
  • Other Fruit/Vegetable Melomel – Semi-Sweet
  • Other Fruit/Vegetable Melomel – Sweet

Honeywine made with any herbs or spices. T’ej should be entered in this category.

  • Metheglin – Dry
  • Metheglin – Semi-Sweet
  • Metheglin – Sweet

Honeywine made with grapes/grape juice/grape concentrate.

Session Mead

Honeywine produced with an ABV of 7.5% alcohol or below. This category may include any ingredients from other categories.

  • Session Mead – Dry
  • Session Mead – Semi-Sweet
  • Session Mead – Sweet
Specialty (Open Category)

This open category is for Honeywine that does not fit into any other category. This is also the proper category for fruit/vegetable with spice/herb mead entries (Methomel, Melometh).

  • Special (Open Category) – Dry
  • Special (Open Category) – Semi-Sweet
  • Special (Open Category) – Sweet

Honeywine from a mixed variety of honeys, no fruits, herbs or spices added.

  • Traditional – Dry
  • Traditional – Semi-Sweet
  • Traditional – Sweet

Honeywine made from single-bloom or variety of honey; no fruits, herbs, spices or other major flavor ingredients.

  • Varietal – Dry
  • Varietal – Semi-Sweet
  • Varietal – Sweet
*The National Honey Board reserves the right to add additional categories if sufficient numbers of meads in a particular style cause the organizers to deem it necessary.
*Categories may be combined if there are not enough entries to judge in that category. In the event of combined categories, judges will be advised of the original category and instructed to judge the entry according to the original category.
  • Fill out the registration form on the following page by [COMING SOON]
  • Submit at least two 750ml bottles, or the equivalent of, to: shipping address to be announced at a later date
  • Meaderies/breweries may submit multiple entries per category, but each mead may only be entered in one category
  • Meaderies/breweries may submit up to 5 entries
  • Meaderies/breweries must be operational, which means that it must be actively making mead in a licensed/permitted location
  • Meads must be commercially available
  • Meads must be available in the United States
  • Entrants will be responsible for shipping costs
  • Shipments must include a note or label inside the box that includes the meadery/brewery’s name, name of mead and category which you wish to compete

The National Honey Board’s Mead Crafters Competition will take place in St. Louis, Missouri in 2023. The judging will be closed to the public.

Awards for the Mead Crafters Competition will be awarded on a merit basis by a majority vote. Judges are asked to evaluate the meads 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 adherence to the guidelines as set by the Beer Judge Certification Program.

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

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