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This competition is open to all commercial mead makers. If you are an amateur meadmaker, you must enter the home competition (

Commercial is defined as any operating meadery or meadery in planning along with anyone that has applied for commercial licensing or rented space for a planned meadery. Anyone selling or trading "amateur" mead on public or clandestine websites is defined as a commercial maker.

Entrant(s) of a mead must have actively contributed to mixing, fermenting, and bottling of an entry. If multiple meaderies contributed to the making of a mead (i.e. collaborations) only ONE of those meaderies may enter that mead. Coordinate your entries so you are not disqualified!

Volume requirement: Two bottles of at least 375ml or three bottles if using smaller bottles.

Note: One 750ml bottle is an option, but it may be open for 24 hours before BOS judging. You may also send two 750’s to ensure the best presentation of your mead.

There is a limit of 5 entries an entrant may submit.

Entrants, either as primary or as a co-entrant, may submit multiple entries per category, no limit as long as each entry is distinctly different - note co-entrant restrictions above.

To elaborate further:

You may NOT enter the same Riesling Pyment as a dry, and as a semi-sweet mead in the Pyment sub-category (both in the same sub-category).
You MAY enter the same Fireweed Traditional as a dry, and as a semi-sweet mead (different sub-categories).

Categories will not be combined (i.e. Braggot and Historical will not be smashed together).

Very large categories may be split by declared sweetness (i.e. Berry or Melomel or Fruit and Spice).


All entries become the property of the Valkyries Horn Mead Competition and will not be returned. Any questions or disputes will be settled by the competition organizers, and all decisions are final.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time. Package your entries well. Don't be the person that causes a shipper to reject all packages going to the shipping location.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.

The official style guidelines for this competition are the 2021 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines for Mead, Revision 2021. 

Every entry must be assigned a particular category and sub-category by the entrant, and according to these guidelines.

Competition staff are not permitted to categorize entries that arrive unlabeled, illegible or otherwise indiscernible as to the entry category.

Competition staff (including judges) are not permitted to re-classify or re-categorize incorrectly entered mead.

Please print the label with a laser printer (NOT inkjet). Enclose the label in a ziplock bag, and use a rubber band to attach the label to the barrel of the bottle. You may use clear packing tape or rubber bands to secure the lable to the barrel of the bottle (NOT the neck). The printed label instructions will tell you to tape them to the barrel. Either method is acceptable.

Entries in category M1 (Traditional Mead), M2 (Fruit Mead), M3 (Spiced Mead), and M4 (Specialty Mead), must specify carbonation level.

Entries in sub-category M2 (Other Fruit Melomel), must specify the varieties of fruit used.

Entries in sub-category M3 (Spiced Mead), must specify the types of spices used.

Entries in the special category M4 - Open will include M4A (Specialty Mead - Braggot) M4B (Specialty Mead – Historical) and M4C (Specialty Mead – Experimental). These entries must describe the special nature of the mead, whether it is a combination of existing styles, an experimental mead, a historical mead, etc.

Entries in the special category S1 - Session Mead must specify vital statistics and fall within the category definition for a session mead. Ingredients and honey may be specified but are not required.

Entries in the special category B1 - Barrel Aged Mead must specify Strength, Sweetness and Carbonation. Barrel character must be apparent. Ingredients and honey may be specified but are not required.


Online registration eliminates the need to submit a paper entry form and will automatically generate bottle identification labels. Paper entries will not be accepted. All entries must be entered via the online entry system, and entries are not guaranteed until they are paid for.

Entry Fee: For the inaugural commercial competition we are offering a one time entry fee of $50.00 per entry. Payment by PayPal is REQUIRED when entering online.


Your entries are not guaranteed until payment is made.

Any entries not paid when the entry cap is reached will be disqualified.

NOTE: We strongly recommend the use of placeholder entries followed immediately by payment to secure your spot in the competition. If the paid entry cap (100) is reached before your payment is completed, your entries will not be in the competition. You can make changes to the entry information, categories, etc. until the entry deadline is reached.

If you have questions please email us at [email protected].

Winners will be announced at 7pm on Saturday, September 10th live and in-person at the awards ceremony.

Competition results and scoresheets will probably be available by 9am on Sunday September 11th through the internet (although this is not guaranteed). They MIGHT be available shortly after the awards ceremony. Scoresheets will ONLY be available through the competition via download.


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

35A M4 Open Mead (Custom Style) 36A S1 Session Mead (Custom Style) 37A B1 Barrel Aged Mead (Custom Style)
M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead
M2A Cyser M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Sessions and Dates

Prejudging in-person 09/06 (if needed)
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 6:00 PM, CDT

Prejudging in-person 09/07 (if needed)
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 6:00 PM, CDT

Prejudging in-person 09/08 (if needed)
Thursday, September 8, 2022 6:00 PM, CDT

Commercial mead judging 9/9 10:00am
Friday, September 9, 2022 10:00 AM, CDT

Commercial mead judging 9/9 1:00pm
Friday, September 9, 2022 1:00 PM, CDT

Commercial mead judging 9/9 3:00pm
Friday, September 9, 2022 3:00 PM, CDT

Friday, September 9, 2022 6:00 PM, CDT


Best of Show

An engraved drinking horn and stand for the Best Of Show winner with the competition name and logo, meadery name, and year will be provided.




The awards ceremony will take place at 7:00pm.

CDC and local government guidelines will apply to in-person attendance at the time of the awards ceremony.


1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table will be awarded with medallions and short (bottle) ribbons provided to the winners.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show mead selected.

We will also record video of a tasting for the top 3 meads on the BOS table. Each of the videos will be available in perpetuity on Youtube, and will be splashed on social media channels during the months following the competition. We will purchase your mead for the tasting, and encourage viewers to purchase mead before they watch the video. It is our hope that this provides long lasting value in return for your entry fee.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed to participants. Results will be posted to the competition and publicity web sites after the ceremony concludes.

All winners of an award will be entitled to use the Valkyries Horn logo, competition name, year, website URL and placement in their marketing and advertising. Details will be provided on the publicity website after completion of the competition (


Awards Ceremony

Northern Brewer Warehouse
2221 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113
Saturday, September 10, 2022 7:00 PM, CDT