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Thanks to all who participated in the Valkyries Horn Amateur Mead competition: 2024.

There were 223 entries judged and 117 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Mead

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSteve FlettyChateau FlettyM2b2: SEMI-SWEET PymentSaint Paul Homebrewers Club
2ndRenea ClarkStrawberry PunchM2c2: SEMI-SWEET BerryNorthern Washington Homebrewers Guild

Winning Entries

Table 1: Dry Trads (7 entries)

1stSteven PhillipsRich City DryM1A: Dry MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndJosh MahoneySkeet Skeet Skeet SkeetM1A: Dry MeadMinnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdSteve FlettyChateau Fletty Clover Blossom SelectM1A: Dry MeadSaint Paul Homebrewers Club

Table 2: Semi-Sweet Trads (13 entries)

1stSteven PhillipsMeadowfoamM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndJosh MahoneyMahaloM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadMinnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdAmy OlsenSweet CloverM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadMichigan Mead Coalition

Table 3: Sweet Trads (14 entries)

1stMichael HarperHigh Plains DrifterM1C: Sweet Mead
2ndPaweł Knap#102 TrojniakM1C: Sweet MeadPolski Miód Pitny
3rdAmy OlsenLemon Tree M1C: Sweet MeadMichigan Mead Coalition

Table 4: Cyser (11 entries)

1stMatthew Mead MHPHusted's Orchards Semi-Sweet English CyserM2a2: SEMI-SWEET CYSER PrimeTime Brewers
2ndSteve FlettyApple SaucedM2a2: SEMI-SWEET CYSER Saint Paul Homebrewers Club
3rdJosh MahoneyLet's Take A 5 Minute Break Before I Announce ThisM2a2: SEMI-SWEET CYSER Minnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 5: Pyment (12 entries)

1stSteve FlettyChateau FlettyM2b2: SEMI-SWEET Pyment Saint Paul Homebrewers Club
2ndStephen WilsonPymentM2b3: SWEET Pyment
3rdNathan SteigmanDominus SeditM2b3: SWEET Pyment Minnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 6: Dry Berry (4 entries)

1stGarrett Freeman MHPNo More Sugar BerryM2c1: DRY Berry Red Earth Brewers
2ndJohn JacobDry Blueberry M2c1: DRY Berry Hellgate Homebrewers
3rdJeremy OlsenRaspberry Beret M2c1: DRY Berry Saint Paul Homebrewers Club

Table 7: Berry: Semi-Sweet (12 entries)

1stRenea ClarkStrawberry PunchM2c2: SEMI-SWEET Berry Northern Washington Homebrewers Guild
2ndJohn JacobSemi Sweet Sparkling BlueberryM2c2: SEMI-SWEET Berry Hellgate Homebrewers
3rdDerek ColemanSprinklesM2c2: SEMI-SWEET Berry Doin' The Most Discord

Table 8: Berry: Sweet (9 entries)

1stKevin HudsonKing Crimson RequiemM2c3: SWEET Berry Keystone Hops
2ndMichael HarperThrill? Found!M2c3: SWEET Berry
3rdJacob ThillBlackcurrant BFMM2c3: SWEET Berry

Table 9: Stone Fruit (11 entries)

1stSteve FlettyCherry TupeloM2d2: SEMI-SWEET Stone Fruit Saint Paul Homebrewers Club
2ndMatthew Mead MHPMichigan U-Pick: Montmorency Vs. Balaton Vs. DanubeM2d3: SWEET Stone Fruit PrimeTime Brewers
3rdJordan WillefordPeachy Keen M2d3: SWEET Stone Fruit Burnt Barrel Homebrew Club

Table 10: Melomel: Dry and Semi-Sweet (12 entries)

1stSteve FlettyMo Passion Mo ProblemsM2e2: SEMI-SWEET Melomel Saint Paul Homebrewers Club
2ndSteven PhillipsPeach PymentM2e2: SEMI-SWEET Melomel Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdMark Simpson
Co-Brewer: Colette Simpson
Multi Fruit MelomelM2e1: DRY Melomel Ames Brewers League

Table 11: Melomel: Sweet (11 entries)

1stKevin HudsonKiwi BlueberryM2e3: SWEET Melomel Keystone Hops
2ndPaul JohnsonZeeeee Lingonberry OBM2e3: SWEET Melomel River City Brewers [MN]

Table 12: Fruit & Spice: Dry and Semi-Sweet (19 entries)

1stJohn JacobCinnamon Blueberry M3a2: SEMI-SWEET Fruit and Spice Hellgate Homebrewers
2ndMatt LagueuxI'll B-BACM3a2: SEMI-SWEET Fruit and Spice Big Fruit Mafia
3rdMelissa Greenfield MHPChocolate Raspberry BochetM3a2: SEMI-SWEET Fruit and Spice QUAFF

Table 13: Fruit & Spice: Sweet (8 entries)

1stMichael HarperWyoming WassailM3a3: SWEET Fruit and Spice
2ndJosh MahoneySloppy TinctureM3a3: SWEET Fruit and Spice Minnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 14: SHV: Dry (4 entries)

1stMelissa Greenfield MHPCoffeemelM3b1: DRY Spice/Herb/Vegetable QUAFF
2ndMatt LagueuxPrickle SurpriseM3b1: DRY Spice/Herb/Vegetable Big Fruit Mafia
3rdAndre LexYmbYrM3b1: DRY Spice/Herb/Vegetable Fredericks Original Ale Makers (FOAM)

Table 15: SHV: Semi-Sweet (12 entries)

1stMark Simpson
Co-Brewer: Colette Simpson
Sweet And WarmM3b2: SEMI-SWEET Spice/Herb/Vegetable Ames Brewers League
2ndMichael HarperBleu BasilM3b2: SEMI-SWEET Spice/Herb/Vegetable
3rdAmy OlsenMack The KnifeM3b2: SEMI-SWEET Spice/Herb/Vegetable Michigan Mead Coalition

Table 16: SHV: Sweet (7 entries)

1stSteven KellerGarden Pepper M3b3: SWEET Spice/Herb/Vegetable Madison Homebrewers & Tasters
2ndMark Simpson
Co-Brewer: Colette Simpson
Chocolate Mint MeadM3b3: SWEET Spice/Herb/Vegetable Ames Brewers League
3rdDaniel Kukuk MHPLa Flama De ChocolateM3b3: SWEET Spice/Herb/Vegetable Motor City Mashers

Table 17: Braggot (13 entries)

1stBill BoyerFortuna Imperatrix Mundi M4A: BraggotNorth Georgia Malt Monkeys
2ndJosh MahoneyArrow To The KneeM4A: BraggotMinnesota Home Brewers Association
3rdJosh Mahoney2 LegitM4A: BraggotMinnesota Home Brewers Association

Table 18: Historical (9 entries)

1stNathan SteigmanObsesyjno-KompulsyjneM4B: Historical Mead Minnesota Home Brewers Association
2ndKyle DucharmeAronia Cerise M4B: Historical Mead Green Mountain Mashers
3rdKyle Sarles
Co-Brewer: Carlos Herrera
Let's Try AgainM4B: Historical Mead

Table 19: Experimental: Dry (5 entries)

1stDylan FeltzMead-A-RitaM4c1: DRY Experimental
2ndKyle DucharmeMead-Fashion M4c1: DRY Experimental Green Mountain Mashers
3rdKyle DucharmePear-Burana M4c1: DRY Experimental Green Mountain Mashers

Table 20: Experimental: Semi-Sweet (14 entries)

1stMichael HarperSmoking JacketM4c2: SEMI-SWEET Experimental
2ndGarrett Freeman MHPPeach Pie MeadM4c2: SEMI-SWEET Experimental Red Earth Brewers
3rdKyle Sarles
Co-Brewer: Carlos Herrera
Darkness Everybody DarknessM4c2: SEMI-SWEET Experimental

Table 21: Experimental: Sweet (7 entries)

1stRenea ClarkSpiced Brownie BochetM4c3: SWEET Experimental Northern Washington Homebrewers Guild
2ndCharlotte SkeltonYou Said I Could...M4c3: SWEET Experimental
3rdAmy OlsenBlame It On The RumM4c3: SWEET Experimental Michigan Mead Coalition

Table 22: Hoppy Meads (9 entries)

1stDaniel Kukuk MHPHive HoppinMHOA: HOPPY Motor City Mashers
2ndKyle DucharmeTropic ThiolsMHOA: HOPPY Green Mountain Mashers
3rdRenea ClarkCitrus Hopped Hydromel MHOA: HOPPY Northern Washington Homebrewers Guild