The AMMA launches the first ever National Mead Maker of the Year competition!
The purpose of this competition is not only to help spur even more participation in mead competitions, but to also motivate higher standards of mead making practices from amateur mead makers around the country.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Only active Individual level members of the AMMA may qualify for the NMMY award. We will also accept active Meadery In Planning members to qualify as long as they are not already a licensed commercial meadery. Commercial meadery owners and employees thereof are not eligible for this award.
WHEN DOES THE RACE BEGIN?
The competition circuit begins at the start of every calendar year with the winners announced at the following year’s annual AMMA Membership meeting in March.
HOW IS THE WINNER DETERMINED?
Throughout the year, we will be keeping a running tally of points from qualifying competitions that all count towards your chance of winning the race for the most prestigious amateur mead making award to date! Prizes will also be awarded to the 1st & 2nd runners up. We will be keeping a “Current Leader Board” updated on the AMMA site here once the first competition results in the circuit are posted.
Points will be awarded as follows:
- Gold medals awarded 6 points
- Silver medals awarded 4 points
- Bronze medals awarded 2 points
- 1st Place BOS awarded 4 points
- 2nd Place BOS awarded 3 points
- 3rd Place BOS awarded 2 points
- Honorable mentions awarded 1 point
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO PARTICIPATE?
Nothing more than simply sending in your entries as normal into any of the qualifying competitions listed below. The AMMA will be doing all of the work of calculating the accumulation of your points after the results from each competition are published.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
Besides ULTIMATE bragging rights for the year, the winner of the NMMY award wins a glorious trophy worthy of displaying and a FULL PASS ticket to the AMMA Conference where the trophy will be awarded. Prizes for the 1st & 2nd runners up will be determined based on further AMMA and other commercial sponsorships.
Qualifying competitions are those which have proved to have 100 or more amateur mead entries in the previous calendar year. The list will continue to grow as more competitions meet the criteria for the minimum entry count.
Here is the list already in place for the race in 2018:
- Mazer Cup International
- Mead Free of Die
- Domras Cup
- Orpheus Cup
- Texas Mead Cup
Get your fermentors ready! Do you have what it takes to win the race?