• This is a competition for home crafted mead. Commercial Meaderies, Commercial meadmakers and former commercial meadmakers are not eligible to enter. Mead produced on commercial equipment, commercial pilot brew systems or systems pending commercial licensing is not permitted, and any such entries will be disqualified. If you have questions please email us at
  • An entrant is one or more people submitting an entry. Entrant(s) of a mead must have actively contributed to mixing, fermenting, and bottling an entry. Every entrant must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Entrants are limited to ten (10) entries in the 2017 MCI Home Competition.
  • All entries become the property of the Mazer Cup International and will not be returned. Any questions or disputes will be settled by the competition organizers, and all decisions are final.
  • The Mazer Cup International Home Competition is BOTTLE RESTRICTION FREE.
  • Please send three bottles. . If you send bottles smaller than 10 oz (300 ml) each, please send four.
  • We prefer 12 oz beer bottles as they are easier to stack, store and handle, however we will accept whatever bottles you send
  • Sending only two bottles will not provide enough mead for category and the BoS judging rounds. If one of the bottles breaks during shipping there is no guarantee there will be enough for subsequent medal rounds. Three bottles ensures enough mead for medal and BoS if your mead progresses that far.
  • The official style guidelines for this competition are the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines for Mead, Revision 2015. The BJCP Style guidelines can be found at, and here.
  • Every entry must be assigned a particular category and sub-category according to these guidelines.
  • Competition staff is not permitted to categorize entries that arrive unlabeled, illegible or otherwise indiscernible as to the entry category.
  • Competition staff is not permitted to re-classify or categorize incorrectly entered mead.
  • Entrants, either as a primary or as a co-entrant, may submit multiple entries per category (only 3 meads per sub-category).
  • Please use a rubber band to attach the identification label to each bottle. Entry forms and all three bottle labels for a single entry must have the same information on them.
  • Entries in category M1 (Traditional Mead), M2 (Fruit Mead), M3 (Spiced Mead), and M4 (Specialty Mead), must specify carbonation level.
  • Entries in sub-category M2 (Other Fruit Melomel), must specify the varieties of fruit used.
  • Entries in sub-category M3 (Spiced Mead), must specify the types of spices used.
  • Entries in sub-category M4B (Specialty Mead – Historical) and M4C (Specialty Mead – Experimental), must describe the special nature of the mead, whether it is a combination of existing styles, an experimental mead, a historical mead, or some other creation.
  • Online registration eliminates the need to submit a paper entry form and will automatically generate bottle identification labels. Paper entries will not be accepted. All entries must be entered via the online entry system.
  • The Home Competition Entry fee is $12.00 per entry. Payment by PayPal is available when entering online. Deadline for entries is February 24, 2017.


  • Judging will be onsite at the Mazer Cup International. Only the top mead from each category will be sent to the Best of Show round. Winners are announced at the Mazer Cup International on Saturday, March 11, and score sheets are sent out immediately thereafter.
  • Judging will be done blind and the judges will not be exposed to any identifiable information about the mead other than the category and the type of mead it is.
  • A panel of at least two judges will judge each entry according to the sub-category in which it was entered.
  • Final round judges will be BJCP Certified, Commercial Mead Makers and Mead Industry Professionals.
  • Competition staff, judges and stewards are permitted to enter, but are not permitted to judge or steward a category for which they are entrants.
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded in each category; however the competition organizers reserve the right to combine categories for the purposes of awards if fewer than five entries are received in a given category.
  • Any entry that gushes excessively will be disqualified.