Annual Mead Contest

Mead, sometimes referred to as "honey-wine" is a traditional alcoholic beverage made from fermenting a combination of honey, water, and various other ingredients. It can be dry or sweet, fruity or spicy. Many of the members of various Alliance kindreds have tried their hand and brewing this delicious (and occasionally fickle) delight. Some have become masters of the art. However, even masters have off batches - and a newcomer may have a run of incredible good fortune.

Types of Mead

Although it is common to think of mead as a 'one trick pony' of beverages - there are many different varieties of mead:

Judging Mead

The Asatru Alliance's mead contest is judged blindly - so there is no judging of the bottling or labeling of the product, as you would see in many other competitions. The entries are judged on a scale of 1-10 on the following points:

To participate as a judge, the individual must have an entry in the competition. Most judges actually do not recognize their own entries, due to the blind judging system used. Individuals who do not wish to judge, or cannot for some reason judge, may present a proxy to sit in their place.

The 'Mead Hogs"

As an adjunct to our 'official' mead judges, there is a traditional group of rowdy mead afficionados known as the "Mead Hogs". These individuals definately keep things lively and entertaining durring what might otherwise be a pretty dry competition. They are lovers of mead, and make their opinions clearly known!

AlThing 38 Mead Brewer's Competition:

An outstanding 21 entries were submitted for judging by various Alliance meadmakers. We were honored to count among these, a mead made by our old friend Skarp before his passing, and remain entirely grateful to Eagle Kindred of Idaho for sharing such a precious treasure with the judges and hogs. In fact, there was SO MUCH MEAD we had to restrict the Hogs from following the rule that ‘all mead must be drunk’ as there were fears that the mead hogs would be harmed.
The mead hog’s favorite piggie and certificate was awarded to El Presidente’ (Katherine from EKI) for a lovely traditional mead. The sacred bee went to Sven for an amazing 3-year-old Vanilla mead (made with bourbon vanilla beans). We salute all our brewers, and look forward to another great batch of mead next year!