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Thank you for your interest in the Valhalla: The Mead-ing Of Life organized by Brian Pylant.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the Valhalla: The Mead-ing Of Life!

There are 200 registered entries and 81 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 5:50 AM, EDT, there are 171 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).

Rules

This competition is an AHA and BJCP sanctioned event and open to any amateur meadmaker age 21 or older.

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 after the drop-off deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist meadmakers (i.e. no use of commercial facilities or Brew-On-Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The competition organizers are not responsible for miscategorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry against the 2015 BJCP Mead Style Guidelines. The consensus of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.  That being said, historically speaking, almost all of judges are BJCP-certified and half have their mead certification.  

There is an entry limit of TEN entries per person.  Entrants are NOT limited to one entry in each category (Traditional, Fruit, Spiced or Specialty) or subcategory (for example: Dry Traditional, Semi-sweet Traditional, Sweet Traditional) as long as the meads entered in the same subcategory are clearly unique.

  • For example, a meadmaker may enter two Sweet Traditional meads, one with clear Orange Blossom character and one with clear Star Thistle character. Entering the same mead with different carbonation or sweetness levels in the same substyle is not allowed and does not qualify as "clearly unique". 

The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style or sub-categories based on number of entries for judging organization purposes. Every effort will be made to combine similar styles. All meads in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

 

New for 2021: Safety of our judges and stewards continues to be our primary concern. If possible and safe, some judging may occur in-person.

If this can't happen in whole or in part, entries will be distributed to judges who will judge them at the same time over their preferred videoconference software of choice. Every effort will be made to ensure our normal high standards of judging quality.

 

Scoresheets will be available on this website only; no paper copies will be mailed.

Medals will be awarded to first, second, and third-place winners in each category, as well as Best Of Show and two runners-up.

Due to the difficulty of obtaining and distributing prizes during COVID, prizes may not be awarded along with medals. This is still under consideration, and this page will be updated accordingly.

Judging Sessions and Dates

Virtual Judging | Entry Pickup @ Artisan Homebrew Sat. 9/18 10a-2p
Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 AM, EDT through Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:00 PM, EDT

Virtual Judging | Entry Pickup @ Keystone Homebrew Sat. 9/18 10a-2p
Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 AM, EDT through Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:00 PM, EDT

In-Person Judging (Vaccination Required) @ The Rec Room by Conshohocken Brewing, Phoenixville PA
Saturday, October 2, 2021 10:00 AM, EDT

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Mike Bury — Judge Wrangler
  • Brian Pylant — Organizer