The Mazer Cup International is the premier mead-only competition. The competition is split into the commercial meadery and home meadmaker competitions.
Registration for the 2015 Mazer cup is now open, and submissions are due March 6.
If you think you have what it takes to win, here is what you need to do to enter the home meadmaker competition:
Step 1 – Brew An Outstanding Mead
With the number of entries growing year-on-year, the competition continues to be more and more fierce. The panel of talented judges are sure to pick only the truly worthy meads, so make sure yours is worthy. Refine your recipes and age your mead properly to get the best possible result.
Step 2 – Bottle your mead in 12 oz bottles
For each mead you submit, you will need to send four 12oz bottles. When I make any of my mead, I make sure to set at least four 12oz bottles aside. That way, if it turns out to be a great mead, I’ll have those four bottles that I can submit. It’s tough departing with good mead like that – but you can always make more!
Step 3 – Register on MazerCup.com
Register for a mazer cup account. You only need to do this once. If you registered in past years you can use the user name and password you created. Once you are registered, you need to fill out an entry form. Entries are judged by category, so make sure you pick the correct category for yours. You can find detailed descriptions of all the styles on the Mazer Cup website. Each Home Entry costs $10 to help support the contest. You can pay this by check or paypal.
Step 4 – Carefully Package Your Mead
You will need to attach your registration information with rubber bands. Wrap your precious bottles in bubble wrap, tissue paper, cardboard sleeves, etc to keep them from breaking. Wrap them up good because this could happen.
Step 5 – Ship It Off & Wait For a Cup!
Now send your bottles off for their judgement. While commercial contest winners receive medals, home competition winners get a cup. Make sure you saved a bottle of your winning mead because when that cup arrives, you’ve got to pour it in and take a drink…tastes like victory.