October 25-29, 2021

Stay tuned for more announcements about the 2021 Mazer Cup International Mead entry dates and times

Updated July 31, 202

Hi everyone,

Well, the 2020 MCI competition is in the bag, We judged all entries and you may view the results by clicking either the commercial or home results big blue buttons above. We want to thank all of you who took the time to join us to help judge, steward, volunteer and help out in any way you could. We could not have done this without you. It was an amazing experience for us to have judged close to 1100 entries in three days, with less than a third of the staff and judges we normally muster. We really set the mark for pretty much all competitions that followed us in 2020.

We will be following the same format (as MCI 2020) for room setup, judges, stewards, and all volunteers, with some tuning to help run more efficiently and smoothly. You’ll see some changes in the way we select judges, stewards and volunteers, and the competition format and schedule,

We are also making changes to our Home and Commercial Shipping and receiving process for Domestic entries, and International entries will continue to ship to our wonderful International receiver, Brian Green at Centeur Imports who has done a wonderful job, and is a great advocate for international mead, and meadmakers! We will be making announcements shortly as to the new “Ship To” addresses.

Stay tuned as we move forward, and once again, thank you for your patience, support and assistance in making the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition 2021 even bigger and better!


Pete Bakulić
The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition 2021

Mazer Cup International

This competition is produced and operated by mead-lovers and enthusiasts from across the USA who want to see mead restored to its rightful place as a mainstream beverage everyone can enjoy.

Mazer Cup International Quick Facts:

  • MCI board members, directors, or competition managers, are not permitted to enter the competition
  • MCI is an independent, and Bonafide 501c3 competition
  • MCI is not operated by or affiliated with any Homebrew club
  • MCI is not operated by or affiliated with any Commercial Meadery
  • MCI is the the largest Mead-Only competition in the world
  • MCI was one of the original AMMA MMOTY circuit based on quality of competition and feedback
  • MCI judging pool is by invitation
  • MCI BOS is judged by 5 of the top Mead judges in the world


We are not affiliated with any meaderies, and we operate independently of any commercial mead organizations or associations. Most of us have been actively working as volunteers since the 2006 Home and Commercial Mead Competitions at the International Mead Festival in Boulder, CO. We travel to Broomfield, CO every year to help put on this competition and associated events. We pay our own transportation, lodging, meals and associated costs out of our own pockets. We are reimbursed for direct MCI related expenses only.

The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition is operated and hosted by the Mazer Cup International Incorporated., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. No funds are disbursed to board or planning committee members except to reimburse out of pocket expenses which are verified by receipts/invoices. The Mazer Cup International is an IRS approved and registered non-profit as well as a State of Colorado registered non-profit. All proceeds from entry fees and associated events are used to fund the competitions and to give financial support to the Community Food Share.

The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition and associated events are funded by competition entry fees, donations, and sponsorships. This revenue also enables us to donate to the Community Food Share serving the Boulder and Broomfield communities. Since 2015, proceeds from the Mead Mixer have funded over 27,000 meals to the food insecure in Boulder and Broomfield counties.

Federal Tax ID #: 46-2154298


All volunteers, and MCI staff, please the big red button below to reserve your rooms for MCI 2021!


Reserve your rooms now!



Zanamiel Meadery MCI 2020 Best of Show Award – $250 Cash Prize From Jim Davis

Zanamiel Meadery

Last year I was presented with the 2019 MCI BOS. That was really a surprise and very humbling experience. It took a lot of batches, time, nonstop learning and coaching from many great mead makers we all know. Mike Faul’s Rabbit’s Foot Meadery Best of Show award was a real blessing and it came at the right time for me. I want to take $250 of that investment and pay it forward to the next MCI BOS winner hoping that they might further expand their obsession. My first commercial batch is in the fermenter. Maybe that path is yours too someday. Either way, I hope it is sweeter and gives you some recognition that you deserve!


Jim Davis
Zanamiel Meadery
Mead – Fruit Wines – Cider

Yirsa Farms MCI 2020 Best of Show Award – Five Gallons of 2019 Apimondia Gold Medal Winning Hairy Vetch Honey

Yirsa Farms

Yirsa Farms Honey

Moving from the big city life in Chicago to rural Montana during the homestead days, Anton Yirsa (Jirsa), his wife Anezka (Agnes) with their two boys, Anton Jr. (Tony) and Edward (Teddy) were in search of the American dream.  Although, Anton and Anezka decided to move back to the city in 1928, Edward and his new wife Libbie pursued the farm life and had two boys, Edward Jr. and Robert.

When Edward Jr. and Robert were old enough, they both followed in their father’s footsteps and expanded the farm together, breaking up acres and acres of land on their little John Deere D tractor (just like the one in our logo today).  Edward married Shirley Frieling and Robert married Rita Paul, each beginning families of their own.

Today, over 100 years later, the farm is still in the family, and the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations are continuing to strive for excellence in our field and bring customers top quality products.

Community Food ShareCommunity Food Share provides direct support to families, seniors, and other individuals who struggle with hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. 32% of Community Food Share’s food is distributed through these programs (the remaining 68% is distributed through our Partner Agencies).

Feeding Families

Feeding Families is Community Food Share’s onsite pantry that serves families with children participating in the free and reduced lunch program, Head Start, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Families come once a week, and our “choice pantry” model allows them to choose the fresh produce, milk, grains, and other healthy staples they need. Learn more.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Community Food Share provides emergency food and nutrition assistance through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), a Federal program through the USDA. Participants receive groceries twice a month: TEFAP provides commodity foods including pantry and frozen items, and Community Food Share supplies fresh produce, bread, and dairy items. Eligibility for this program is determined by income guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Learn more.

Elder Share

The Elder Share program is a lifeline for many low-income seniors in our community. Community Food Share delivers food twice a month to neighborhood sites throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties, and seniors who are homebound receive home delivery. Food choices include fresh produce, canned food, cereal, bread, and commodity foods from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a program that is administered at the federal level by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. Learn more.

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