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Account Registration

You can create your account today through Friday 26 August, 2022 3:00 PM, CDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Friday 26 August, 2022 3:00 PM, CDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Friday 26 August, 2022 5:00 PM, CDT.

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Entry Fees

$10.00 (USD) per entry.

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BJCP 2021 Styles Accepted

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 Foraged Ingredients (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 M4A Braggot
M4B Historical Mead M4C Experimental Mead  

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Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 10 entries.

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Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

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Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

NEW INFORMATION REGARDING SERVING TEMPERATURES:

THE DEFAULT WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:

SPARKLING = CHILLED
PETILLANT = CELLAR TEMP
STILL = ROOM TEMP

IF FOR SOME REASON THIS DOES NOT MATCH YOUR REQUIREMENTS YOU MAY SEND A REQUEST TO US VIA EMAIL AND WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO HONOR YOUR PREFERENCE. EMAIL HERE:  INFO  @  VALKYRIESHORN . COM

Each entry will consist of capped or corked bottles of any style and size. NOTE: We PREFER 12 oz. (375 ml) long neck beer bottles.

THREE BOTTLES ARE RECOMMENDED. Each bottle should be a minimum of 6 ounces (187 ml) but we will accept whatever bottles you send.

There will be 3 rounds of judging including Best Of Show. To help your decision making, you should know that we don't hold partial bottles for subsequent rounds of judging. A fresh bottle IS REQUIRED for each round. If you send fewer than 3 bottles, or inadequate volume you might not win an award.

We recommend inclusion of one 12oz. (or two 6oz.) bottles for use in the Best Of Show judging. The BOS judging panel will be a MINIMUM of 3 judges and is likely to be 5 judges. If a re-pour is needed and you didn't send enough mead, your entry will not be eligible to win. This is YOUR decision. Choose wisely.

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Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants under any circumstances.

All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry and can be printed directly from this website. Entry paperwork should be attached to bottles by the method specified on the bottle label.

Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

Entries may be disqualified if they contain illicit or unsafe ingredients.

Organizers will review descriptive information. Information that is not relevant to the mead WILL BE REMOVED. Information that could reveal the mead maker to a friendly judge for special treatment or that violates the blind judging standard we adhere to WILL BE REMOVED.

Ingredient information is acceptable if it is not specific to an entrant (i.e. East Elk River backyard honey is not acceptable, Minnesota wildflower honey is acceptable).

If you have questions you may contact us at: info   @ valkyrieshorn   Dot COM
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NOTE: IF YOU ARE SHIPPING YOUR ENTRIES, THEY *** MUST *** ARRIVE BY 3:00PM ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE SHIPPING WINDOW.

The link provided here may provide some guidance with packaging and shipping. Please know that it is ILLEGAL to ship alcoholic beverages using the US Postal Service. Shipping companies all have different rules - do not declare alcohol unless they specifically permit it to be shipped to a business.

https://youtu.be/aWvs-9f3iV0

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Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Friday 5 August, 2022 12:00 PM, CDT through Friday 26 August, 2022 3:00 PM, CDT.

Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

Midwest Supplies
5825 Excelsior Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55416
952-260-4404
*Entries MUST be present by 3:00pm on 08/26/2022

Northern Brewer - Retail
1150 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
651 223 6114
*Entries MUST be present by 3:00pm on 08/26/2022

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Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Friday 5 August, 2022 12:00 PM, CDT through Friday 26 August, 2022 3:00 PM, CDT.

Ship entries to:

NB Warehouse
2221 Highway 36 West, Saint Paul, MN 55113, United States

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

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Judging Sessions and Dates

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

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

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

COMMERCIAL MEAD - WE NEED YOU TO SIGN UP ON THE COMMERCIAL SITE PLEASE!
Friday 9 September, 2022 12:00 AM, CDT

Home mead judging 9/9 6:00pm
Friday 9 September, 2022 6:00 PM, CDT

Home mead judging 9/10 9:30am
Saturday 10 September, 2022 9:30 AM, CDT

Home mead judging 9/10 12:30pm
Saturday 10 September, 2022 12:30 PM, CDT

Home mead judging 9/10 2:30pm
Saturday 10 September, 2022 2:30 PM, CDT

Home mead judging 9/10 4:30pm
Saturday 10 September, 2022 4:30 PM, CDT

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Best of Show

Best of Show will receive the Valkyries Horn!

This is a drinking horn with the competition logo, Best Of Show, and year engraved into the surface, along with a horn stand for display.

The Best Of Show winner will be decided by a panel of very experienced judges.

Good Luck!

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Awards

INFORMATION FOR AWARDS ATTENDEES AND VOLUNTEERS:

We will be at the Northern Brewer Headquarters in Roseville on Saturday September 10th:

7pm awards

Volunteers and Entrants are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony.

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

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Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table, metal medallions and ribbons will be awarded to all placements.

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.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Score sheets should be available for download after the Best of Show and awards announcements by 9 am on Sunday morning but this is NOT guaranteed. They MIGHT be available earlier. Awards will be mailed to winning participants. Scoresheets will ONLY be available on-line through the competition download feature.


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Awards Ceremony

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

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Circuit Qualification

This competition is part of the American Mead Makers Association - Mead Maker Of The Year.

It is your responsibility to read and agree to the rules for the MMOTY circuit if you choose to enter. Information can be found here:

https://mead-makers.org/national-mead-maker-of-the-year/

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