The Arizona Mead Cup 2015 Results
2015 has started off with another successful Arizona Mead Cup. Thank you to all who entered the homebrew competition! This competition would not be valuable without the continued support of our sponsors and of course your entries. The competition brought in 52 registered meads this year including our first international entry.
I would like to take a moment to also thank all of our numerous volunteers that helped organize and Administer the competition, our Stewards and of course our Judges. We had a high caliber pool of judges for this year’s event. Of the twelve judges who participated, all were experienced judges or mead makers. Most of the judges were BJCP with 3 of them being Certified Mead Judges. We were also fortunate to have a Grand Master fly down to sunny Arizona and help us judge the competition (Thank You Ted).
The awarding of category winners are based on the top 3 scores in each sub category and to score a medal each award must meet a minimum score out of 50 possible points as follows:
Gold = minimum of 40 points
Silver = minimum of 35 points
Bronze = minimum of 30 points
Please remember this is a minimum score guideline. A sub-category could have had 3 entries that all scored in the 40’s but only the top 3 scores are ranked as Gold, Silver, Bronze.
For the Best of Show (BOS) round, 6 meads qualified (all Gold Medal winners) and we had 5 highly qualified judges determine the winner. Congratulations to Robert Eltringham out of California for his BOS winning mead called “Long House” that he submitted in the 26C category.
The Administrator and I will work hard over the next week or so to get the score sheets returned to those that entered as soon administratively possible in addition to any medals or prizes you may have won. The BOS winner has won a bottle of Utopian Mead Batch #8 (valued at $100) autographed by Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery in New Hampshire!
A special thanks to our sponsors as well. John Coll was a fabulous host allowing us to use Grand Avenue Brewery to hold the event. Michael Fairbrother at Moonlight Meadery continues to be a strong supporter of all things mead and has once again stepped up as our premier sponsor for the event. And of course, what is a Mead competition without the possibility of honey as a prize? Another great thanks to Dennis Arp with Mountaintop Honey for once again supporting the competition. Brewmeisters Anonymous and the Arizona Mead Cup thank you very much!
BJCP Mead Judge