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. Entrants must be an active AMMA member at the time of each competition in order for those points to qualify towards 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
- BOS awarded 4 points (only first place)
- Honorable mentions awarded 1 point (does not apply to BOS category)
* Entrants must be an active AMMA member at the time of each competition in order for those points to qualify towards the NMMY award
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 the TOP FIVE most entered competitions in the previous calendar year, with a minimum of 100 or more mead entries and must award a Best of Show.
Here is the list in place for the race in 2019:
- Mazer Cup International
- Domras Cup (200 entries)
- Orpheus Cup (186 entries)
- Valhalla, the Meading of Life (100 entries)
- Michigan Mead Cup (142 entries)
*If you are the organizer of a competition that you feel should be on the list mentioned above, please contact the AMMA.
Get your fermentors ready! Do you have what it takes to win the race?