The AMMA is in year 5 of the 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.


Only active Individual level members of the AMMA may qualify for the NMMY award. Entrants must be an active AMMA member at the time of each competition in order for those points to qualify towards the NMMY award. Commercial meadery owners, meaderies in planning and employees thereof are not eligible for this award.


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.


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! Competition categories must be open to all legitimate AMMA members without any added restrictions. Prizes will also be awarded to the 1st & 2nd runners up. We will be keeping a Current Leader Board updated on the AMMA site 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
  • BOS awarded 4 points (only first place)

In the event of a tie, we will use the total amount of 1st place medals.

*Entrants must be an active AMMA member at the time of each competition in order for those points to qualify towards the NMMY award.


Send in your entries as normal into any of the qualifying competitions listed below. The AMMA will be doing all the work of calculating points after the results from each competition are published. Entrants must be an active AMMA member at the time of each competition for those points to qualify.


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, and 3rd place will be determined over the next few months.


Qualifying competitions are rotated each year, to ensure a broad judging pool.

Here is the list in place for the race in 2022:

  1. Midwinter
  2. Valkyries Horn
  3. Mazer Cup International
  4. Valhalla
  5. Michigan Mead Cup
  6. Minnesota Mashout

*Any questions on the competitions chosen, please contact

** Please see the bottom of this page for information about the upcoming 2023 competition circuit

Standings for the 2022 Competition
Entrants get 6 points for 1st, 4 for 2nd, 2 for 3rd, and 4 for a BOS in each participating competition.

Adam Bystrom 140
Josh Holbrook 60
Bill Boyer 58
Matthew Mead 52
Nick Ferndino 44
Nathan Steigman 40
Josh Mahoney 32
Steve Fletty 32
Brian Stephens 24
Allen Martin 20

Get your fermentors ready! Do you have what it takes to win the race?


**    2023 AMMA Mead Maker Of the Year Circuit

The mead maker of the year program is now entering it’s 6th year of operation. Each year has been accompanied by changes, and the 2023 circuit is no exception. The Home Governing Committee decided to renew the original focus on mead only competitions with an emphasis on quality of judging and organization, with size as a secondary consideration. Decisions will be evaluated annually by the team to determine if there are beneficial changes needed for the program.

The program will be operated as follows:

  • All included competitions will be expected to meet the standards and requirements listed below.

  • The three largest domestic mead only competitions will be offered a spot on the circuit.

  • Two “wild card” competitions will be offered spots on a rotating basis each year to promote regional diversity.

Standards and requirements:

  • To be included for consideration, the competition must be established for a minimum of one year before the start of the new circuit calendar year.

  • Must offer a Best Of Show for mead.

  • Each flight should include at least one BJCP endorsed mead judge.

  • The BOS panel must include at least one BJCP endorsed mead judge.

  • Participation in the competition must be open to all AMMA amateur members without any additional requirements.

  • Competitions must follow BJCP guidelines and be sanctioned by the BJCP organization.

  • Results must be provided to the AMMA team by the competition organizer in spreadsheet format within 2 weeks of the competition awards ceremony (format provided to eligible competitions).

Differentiating factors:

  • Quality of judging.

  • Quality of organization (timeliness, communication, awards, etc.).

  • Location (regional diversity, size of the qualified judge pool).

  • Size (total entries, number of categories, ability to retain all defined categories without combining).

If for some reason, an eligible competition does not wish to be part of the circuit, the team will offer the open slot to another competition that is able to meet the standards and requirements defined above. This may include a competition that combines mead with other beverages.

The competition list is currently being determined, and will be posted soon.