• Letter from the President – October 2019

    As per the bylaws of the American Mead Makers Association, it is my duty as President to communicate a progress report to our membership at the midpoint between our annual meetings. I treat this, enthusiastically, as an opportunity to exhibit our continued level of dedication and transparency to our membership. MEMBERSHIP I am proud to report that membership counts have

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  • Raising Money for Your Meadery Through Crowdfunding & Marketing in a Digital Age

    Written by Daniel Bauer of Kaw Point Meadery Raising Money for Your Meadery Through Crowdfunding & Marketing in a Digital Age This isn’t a how-to, this isn’t the end-all be-all authority on crowdfunding a meadery, this is just a compilation of tips that I’ve compiled throughout our crowdfunding experience for our meadery. My motive for writing this is simple, the

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  • Becoming a Mead Judge

    Written by: Andrew Luberto In 2006, The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) created a separate certification for mead judges.  The BJCP is a volunteer organization that certifies people’s capability to judge competently at home brew/mead/cider competitions.  It’s a standard that just about every beer competition in America (and growing internationally) adheres to in choosing who judges.  It is also a

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  • How I Design a Recipe

    Written by: Sergio Moutela Your pantry is full of honey, plenty of yeast on hand and would you look at that, an available carboy or bucket! The urge sets in and you already know, nothing else matters right now. It’s mead making time. Then the thought sets in, where do you go from here? I am going to walk you

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  • How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Meaderies

    As you may have heard, Congress recently did something. And, regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, or your greater feelings about economics, this law benefits meaderies and their owners in a number of powerful ways. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included some language based on a bill previously known as the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax

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  • General Liability Insurance Overview

    Greetings, Mead Makers!  This month we will discuss General Liability. But, before we do, it is important to first understand the following:  All liability insurance provides coverage that will pay on your behalf to a third party in the event that you are responsible (liable) for the injury or harm (physical or otherwise) to their person or property. Put more

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  • Introduction to Insurance: The Basics

    Intro to the Intro: Who is This Guy? When we opened a meadery, I did what I imagine lots of new business owners did: I went to a guy I knew who sold himself as an insurance broker. He was fine; he hooked me up with a fat policy manual and told me it was right for me, and that

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  • Which Meads Do Not Require Formula Submissions?

    At the end of 2016, the TTB released Ruling 2016-2, which, despite its catchy name, lessened the formula submission requirements on meaderies. Some meads now do not require formula submissions: Meaderies do not need a formula for standard agricultural wine, including mead and: Carrot wine Dried fruit wine (e.g., raisin wine) Honey wine (Mead) Maple syrup wine Onion wine Pepper wine

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  • Why COLA Exemptions are Awesome

    Getting a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) for your products can be one of the most stressful experiences in owning a meadery. There are a lot of regulations, and even more TTB rules, and, even after the supremely helpful FAQs, there’s still a lot of confusion. But there’s that option, right at the beginning of the process, allowing one to

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  • TTB Advice on Barrel Aging

    Aging mead in barrels is one of the best things about being a meadery. But labeling those products has been one of the most frustrating things about being a meadery. Here’s what the TTB currently says about aging meads in barrels: Pursuant to 4.38, if barrel aging is claimed as part of the brand label (the big part on the

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