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Rules

NOTE: The Arizona Mead and Cider Festival has been cancelled for 2022, but the homebrew competition will take place as originally scheduled.

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. Additional entries are $5 each up to a maximum of 4 total entries per person.

All entries must be received at a drop-off location by the drop-off deadline. 

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.

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BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select 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

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Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Sessions and Dates

Moonshot at NACET
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:30 PM, MST

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Awards

Winners will be announced on this website after judging concludes, as the Mead and Cider Festival has been cancelled.

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

Results will be posted to the competition website as soon as possible after judging. Score sheets will be scanned and available for download on the competition website.

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