Michigan Mead Cup Info
You can create your account today through Thursday, October 12, 2023 11:59 PM, EDT.
Judges and stewards may register now through Thursday, October 12, 2023 11:59 PM, EDT.
Entry registration is closed.
BJCP 2015 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.
Entry Acceptance Rules
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3
Each entry will consist of TWO 375ml (12 ounce) OR THREE 187 ml (6.3 oz) capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. Cans cannot be accepted. Entry limit per person is 5 entries; multiple entries in a subcategory will be allowed as long as the entries are distinctly unique.
12 oz or 375 ml glass bottles are preferred; any color glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles. There should be no bottle capsule (a protective sleeve over the cork or cap) attached to the bottle.
Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.
All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry and can be printed directly from this website. A recipe is not required. Entry paperwork should be attached to bottles by the method specified on the bottle label.
Be meticulous about noting any varietal honey, special ingredients, strength, sweetness, or carbonation level that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients and specifics may impact the judges' scoring of your entry. In the event of multiple entries in the same subcategory, failure to identify these distinctly unique characteristics will result in the disqualification of one of the entries in the subcategory. Entering the same mead multiple times in the same substyle with the only variations being carbonation and/or sweetness level does not qualify as distinctly different and is not allowed. A recipe form is not required but specifics for judge consideration may be noted in the appropriate field as desired. Any identfying information in this field will be deleted to assure the anonymity of the mead maker. Disqualified meads will not be returned to the entrant.
Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Monday, September 18, 2023 12:00 PM, EDT through Friday, October 6, 2023 5:00 PM, EDT.
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.
Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Monday, September 18, 2023 11:00 AM, EDT through Friday, October 6, 2023 5:00 PM, EDT.
Ship entries to:
The Supply House at Cadillac Straights, c/o Motor City Mashers
27645 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
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.
Judging Sessions and Dates
Best of Show
Best of Show will receive special awards from one or more of our sponsors; more info to come. Please visit our sponsors!
The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.
Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. The medal categories are: Michigan Only, Traditional - Dry, Traditional - Semi-Sweet, Traditional - Sweet, Cyser, Pyment, Berry, Stone Fruit, Other Melomel, Fruit and Spice, Spice/Herb/Vegetable, Historical, Braggot, and Experimental. However, specific categories for medals will be determined based upon the number of entries in each category and may be collapsed or combined as appropriate. As an example, Braggot may be moved to another category with every attempt to place those entries in the most appropriate category.
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. In the event the 1st place entry in the Michigan Only category is also advancing to BOS in another category, only ONE advancement will be permitted. In that case, the BOS round will have one less mead judged.
Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.
Both score sheets and awards will be available for pickup directly following the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Score sheets not picked up will be available for download by the participants; awards will be sent to the winner within two weeks. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes. Score sheets for entries not awarded a medal will be scanned and downloaded to the registration account held by the entrant. Please assure that your email address is correct when registering!
Brewery Becker Warehouse
397 Washington St., Brighton, MI 48116
Saturday, October 14, 2023 5:00 PM, EDT
Awards at the Michigan Mead Cup will qualify for the National Meadmaker of the Year Competition through the American Mead Makers Association. https://mead-makers.org/national-mead-maker-of-the-year
Plus, you can brag to your all of your family and friends about the awesomeness of your meadmaking skills!