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Thank you for your interest in the Valkyries Horn organized by Valkyries Horn Mead Competition, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Entry Registration is Open

258 entries have been added to the system as of 8:30 AM, CDT, Monday 26 July, 2021.

245 paid entries are in the system as of 8:30 AM, CDT, Monday 26 July, 2021. There is a limit of 500 paid entries for this competition.

To add your entries into the system, please proceed through the registration process or log in if you already have an account.

Judge and Steward Registration is Open

If you have not registered and are willing to be a volunteer, please register.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu.


Anyone may enter as long as the entrant makes their mead outside of a commercial setting. 

An entrant is one or more people submitting an entry. Entrant(s) of a mead must have actively contributed to mixing, fermenting, and bottling of an entry.

Every entrant must be at least 21 years of age.

THREE bottles are required. Please see Entry page for further details.

There is a limit of 10 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.

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).
You MAY enter the Fruit and Spice mead category with a Stinging Nettle and Orange mead and a Stinging Nettle and Pear mead. You probably shouldn't make a mead like that, but nothing's stopping you.


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.

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 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines for Mead, Revision 2015. 

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

Competition staff is 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 completely cover the label with clear packing tape, and tape it to the barrel of the bottle (NOT the neck!).

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 sub-category M4B (Specialty Mead – Historical) and M4C (Specialty Mead – Experimental), must describe the special nature of the mead, whether it is a combination of existing styles, an experimental mead, a historical mead, etc.


Mead is the hottest new health beverage…right?! Our special category for 2021 will be “Healthy Hydromels”!

Entries in this category will have an abv of less than 7.5% and have at least one ingredient with purported health benefits. We encourage you to be creative here, we are not looking for dozens of lemon zest meads “because lemons are good for you, man!!!” Think outside the box and mix up some “Healthy Hydromels” that can help add some years (or maybe just seconds) to our judges’ lives. Any illegal or dangerous ingredients will result in an entry’s disqualification. You MUST provide a description of the purported health benefits offered by your hydromel.

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.

The Competition Entry fee is $10.00 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. If the entry cap (500) 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.

Mead produced on commercial equipment is not permitted, and any such entries will be disqualified. If you have questions please email us at [email protected]

If you are entering as a home mead maker, you must produce the mead you enter on home mead making equipment in your home, and you may not derive any income from the mead you are making at home.


Winners will be announced at 7pm on Saturday, September 19th through the internet (more to come on this topic in the near future). Please see the info page for additional information.

Competition Official

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Kevin Meintsma — Competition Organizer


Valkyries Horn Mead Competition is proud to have the following sponsors for the Valkyries Horn.

Spike Brewing
Spike Brewing
Northern Brewer
Northern Brewer
Scott Laboratories
Scott Laboratories
Wao Kele Farm & Supply
Wao Kele Farm & Supply