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This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

Only meads and ciders will be allowed into the competition.

The entry fee is $10 and includes a discount code for tickets to the Arizona Mead and Cider Festival held on August 3th. The discounted ticket rate will be $25, the standard ticket price is $40 each. For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, click here:

Additional entries are $5 each up to a maximum of 4 total entries per person. You will only be able to purchase 1 discounted ticket to the festival, regardless of how many entries you submit to the competition.

All entries must be received at a drop-off location by the drop-off deadline. All entries must be dropped off in person at one of the drop-off locations. We cannot accept shipped entries.

Each entry will consist of two 12 to 22 ounce, or one 750ml, capped or corked bottle(s) that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

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

The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews 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.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

C1A New World Cider C1B English Cider C1C French Cider
C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry C2A New England Cider
C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2C Applewine C2D Ice Cider
C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2F Specialty Cider/Perry M1A Dry Mead
M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead M2A Cyser
M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead M2D Stone Fruit Mead
M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead M4C Experimental Mead


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Pioneer Museum
Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00 AM, MDT



Winners will be announced at the festival, you need not be present to win.

Prizes will be awarded to the top entrant in each of the following categories: Traditional Mead, Other Mead, and Cider

Prizes will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Score sheets will be scanned and available for download on the competition website. If you are not present to accept your award you will need to make arrangements to pick it up from Drinking Horn Meadery. Results will be posted to the competition website after the ceremony concludes.


Awards Ceremony

Arizona Mead and Cider Festival
Pioneer Museum, 2340 North Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Saturday, August 3, 2019 4:00 PM, MDT