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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 18th live and in-person at the awards ceremony for any volunteers and entrants that wish to attend IF they are fully vaccinated. Competition results and scoresheets will be available by 9am on Sunday September 19th through the internet. 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.

36A M3a/M3b Fruit/Spice/Herb/Veg Awards Group 1 (Custom Style) 37A M1b Semi-Sweet Trad Awards Group 1 (Custom Style) 38A M1b Semi-Sweet Trad Awards Group 2 (Custom Style)
39A M2c Berry Awards Group 1 (Custom Style) 40A M2c Berry Awards Group 2 (Custom Style) 41A M3a/M3b Fruit/Spice/Herb/Veg Awards Group 2 (Custom Style)
42A M3a/M3b Fruit/Spice/Herb/Veg Awards Group 3 (Custom Style) 43A Healthy Hydromels (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


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Sessions and Dates

Competition judging dates are yet to be determined. Please check back later.

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 single Celebrity judge.

Good Luck!




We will be at the Northern Brewer Headquarters in Roseville on Saturday September 18th:

All volunteers and entrants who are fully vaccinated are encouraged to attend.

5pm Doors will open
5:30 Traditional mead tasting: we will have a selection of traditional meads and the matching honey for you to taste as a fun and educational event. DON'T MISS THIS!

7pm awards


The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

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 will be available for download after the Best of Show and awards announcements by 9 am on Sunday morning. They MIGHT be available earlier. Awards will be mailed to winning participants. Scoresheets will ONLY be available on-line through the competition download feature.


Circuit Qualification

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

The MMOTY competition will take the top 5 medals based on their point system as part of their ranking.