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Thanks to all who participated in the Valkyries Horn Amateur Mead competition: 2023.

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 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