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Thanks to all who participated in the Valkyries Horn Home Mead competition.

There were 268 entries judged and 126 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Mead

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBill BoyerTropikalny Miód MiodowyM4B: Historical MeadNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys

Winning Entries

Table 1: Pyment (13 entries)

1stAdam BystromRiesling The Kraken!M2B: PymentMinnesota Home Brewers Association
2ndAdam BystromHoodwinked (Blend)M2B: PymentMinnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdGarrett FreemanCab Sav PymentM2B: Pyment

Table 2: Stonefruit (14 entries)

1stBill BoyerMango Mango MangoM2D: Stone Fruit Mead North Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndMatthew MeadMichigan U-Pick: Montmorency Vs. Balaton Round 2M2D: Stone Fruit Mead Michigan Mead Coalition
3rdEric CockrellCherry DangerousM2D: Stone Fruit Mead Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM)

Table 3: Cyser (16 entries)

1stBill BoyerShrubberyM2A: CyserNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndBrian StephensBo KnowsM2A: CyserKeepers of Craft
3rdJosh MahoneyPommes M2A: CyserMinnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 4: Berry - Not So Sweet (10 entries)

1stCalum BennettScottish Raspberry MeadM2C: Berry Mead
2ndEric CockrellOklahoma SunsetM2C: Berry Mead Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM)
3rdNicholas LaurTwo RavensM2C: Berry Mead

Table 5: Braggot (16 entries)

1stChristy HelpsNot Again...M4A: BraggotMinnesota Home Brewers Association
2ndJosh MahoneyDas GüdM4A: BraggotMinnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdJosh MahoneyNobody Likes Braggots M4A: BraggotMinnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 6: Dry Trad (13 entries)

1stAdam BystromQuince CharmingM1A: Dry MeadMinnesota Home Brewers Association
2ndNate Meister
Co-Brewer: Joanna Meister
300 Days Of SunshineM1A: Dry MeadOld Town Mash Paddlers
3rdShawn BradyBuckwheat Mead 2017M1A: Dry MeadMadison Homebrewers & Tasters

Table 7: Sweet Trad (12 entries)

1stTraci KuhfussMcNuttM1C: Sweet MeadCane Island Alers (CIA)
2ndMarek ŁęczyckiTrojniak Coriander M1C: Sweet MeadPolski Miód Pitny
3rdNelson CrowleMesquite de MexicoM1C: Sweet MeadIndian Peaks Alers

Table 8: Historical (11 entries)

1stBill BoyerTropikalny Miód MiodowyM4B: Historical Mead North Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndNathan SteigmanPiękna CiemnośćM4B: Historical Mead Minnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdMarek ŁęczyckiDwojniak Walnut 2019M4B: Historical Mead Polski Miód Pitny

Table 9: SemiSweet Trad (17 entries)

1stGarrett FreemanMacAdamia Nut Blossom TraditionalM1B: Semi-Sweet Mead
2ndMatthew MeadMidwest Clover B2 : Semi-SweetM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadMichigan Mead Coalition
3rdJames WernerHairy Vetcha, You BetchaM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadBeer Barons of Milwaukee

Table 10: Foraged Special Category (19 entries)

1stJerzy KasperskiTrojniak Rokitniczak35A: Foraged Ingredients Polski Miod Pitny
2ndDan McNevinRespect Your Elders35A: Foraged Ingredients South Shore Brew Club
3rdAl BoyceElderberry Melomel35A: Foraged Ingredients Minnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 11: S / H / V - Dryish (13 entries)

1stAdam BystromCin & NillaM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Minnesota Home Brewers Association
2ndBill BoyerDarjeeling M3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead North Georgia Malt Monkeys
3rdChelsea KlineGingerM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead

Table 12: Melomel - Sorta Sweet (12 entries)

1stDan McNevinRazzle DazzleM2E: Melomel South Shore Brew Club
2ndAdam BystromHeartbreakerM2E: Melomel Minnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdNathan Zangmeister
Co-Brewer: Karysa Kent
Pugh PearM2E: Melomel

Table 13: Fruit and Spice - Dryish (13 entries)

1stNathan Zangmeister
Co-Brewer: Karysa Kent
Peach PerfectM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead
2ndLouis MillerFor the FairestM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead
3rdMike JonesOnly Slightly BentM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead

Table 14: Experimental - Fairly Sweet (16 entries)

1stMatthew MeadIt's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!M4C: Experimental Mead Michigan Mead Coalition
2ndDan McNevinNot Tonight HoneyM4C: Experimental Mead South Shore Brew Club
3rdMatthew AllenCafé TropicalM4C: Experimental Mead

Table 15: Fruit and Spice: Sweet (20 entries)

1stNick FerndinoCherry Pi39A: Fruit and Spice Mead
2ndBrian StephensChoco-Bout It39A: Fruit and Spice Mead Keepers of Craft
3rdRichard HelpsRaspberry Habenero39a: Fruit and Spice Mead Minnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 16: S / H / V - Sweet (12 entries)

1stNick FerndinoEarly Morning Tea Time40A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
2ndEric CarlucciHighgarden's Bounty40A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
3rdKyle DucharmeAs Told By40A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Green Mountain Mashers

Table 17: Berry: Sweet (12 entries)

1stErik HelgestadHawkmoon 37A: Berry Mead
2ndNicholas LaurThe Red37A: Berry Mead
3rdRichard HelpsRaspberry Bomb37A: Berry Mead Minnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 18: Melomel: Sweet (12 entries)

1stDan McNevinPear38A: Melomel South Shore Brew Club
2ndJason RohloffCherberry38A: Melomel Beer Barons of Milwaukee
3rdBig RedBlackberry Jamboree38A: Melomel

Table 19: Experimental: Definitely Sweet (17 entries)

1stPeter RuvalcabaUblaz Mad Eyes41A: Experimental Mead
2ndAmy OlsenBa Rum Raisin Mead41A: Experimental Mead Michigan Mead Coalition
3rdWill Otte
Co-Brewer: Jacob Thill
Cranapple41A: Experimental Mead