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OCurrans
08-21-2006, 07:52 PM
Got Mead? Prepare to enter the Second Annual Valhalla - The Meading of Life. This is a MEAD-ONLY competition, October 14, 2007, at the Iron Hill Restaurant and Brewery in West Chester, PA.
All mead styles from the BJCP 2004 Style Guidelines will be judged.
Entries are due by October 7th.
Mail entries(2 - 12oz bottles or 1 - 750ml bottle, or the equivalent) can be sent to Home Sweet Homebrew(www.homesweethomebrew.com).
Drop off locations locally at Home Sweet Homebrew, Keystone Homebrew Supply, Iron Hill West Chester, Brew Your Own Beer-Winemaking Too!, and Wine, Barley & Hops Homebrew Supply.
Additional information can be found at www.valhalla-mead.com
Contact Suzanne McMurphy(mcmurphy@mail.med.upenn.edu) or Tim Ackerson (Theimann@verizon.net) for answers to questions about this competition.

Judges are also sought and should contact David Houseman
(david.houseman@verizon.net) to judge this event.
Judges should be at Iron Hill West Chester by 9:30 am. Directions can be found at www.ironhillbrewery.com.

Beertracker
09-29-2006, 01:25 PM
Did anyone enter this competition this year or last? I sent-off a couple of traditional (Show) meads and a smoked Braggot yesterday. I figured with David Houseman heading-up the judging and with only the one bottle entry requirement that it's a win for any meadmaker looking for some quality feedback.
:cheers:

kace069
09-30-2006, 02:06 AM
I wanted to and I sent them and email about when the start accepting entries but got no reply. Since I haven't bottled the one batch I havt to send I don't think I will get my entry there in time. The cut of date is Oct 7th right?

Recluse
09-30-2006, 02:48 PM
I won't have anything ready, much less Entry-worthy, but I did email them to see if Spectators could come and taste anything. No reply yet either. Westchester PA is about a 2 hour drive, but it seems to be the closest Mead related activity I have seen!

Recluse

kace069
09-30-2006, 10:36 PM
The mead I want to bottle and enter is to young but I need to start getting some input on my meads and with David Housman as a judge this seems like the place to be. So I guess if I ship it on monday it should make it there by saturday.

amesius
10-06-2006, 01:06 AM
According to their website, they only need 1 12oz bottle or 2 6oz bottles per entry. More for me! :cheers:

amesius
10-06-2006, 01:09 AM
Did anyone enter this competition this year or last? I sent-off a couple of traditional (Show) meads and a smoked Braggot yesterday. I figured with David Houseman heading-up the judging and with only the one bottle entry requirement that it's a win for any meadmaker looking for some quality feedback.
:cheers:

I agree. I sent them a bottle of the first mead I ever made and it was hard to part with even that much :sad2:, but when I have multiple brewers, both amateur and comercial tell me it NEEDS to be entered, I decided to send it.

Beertracker
10-10-2006, 10:50 AM
Good luck this weekend to all you Meadheads that entered this one! I only wish that I could make it for the judging.

:cheers:

kace069
10-21-2006, 05:40 PM
So they sent out score sheets Monday, anyone get a score sheet back yet? I figured mine would have been here by now.

Beertracker
10-22-2006, 12:34 PM
I haven't seen anything yet, but I'm looking forward to getting my feedback. I'm guessing that they liked at least 2 out of the 3 meads that I sent?

:cheers:

Recluse
10-22-2006, 02:29 PM
Results are published in the lastes Mead Lovers Digest:



Subject: Valhalla Mead-only Competition Results
From: "David Houseman" <david.houseman@verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 21:46:26 -0400

Thanks to all of you who entered your precious meads and made the 2nd
annual Valhalla-The Meading of Life a delicious success this year! A total
of 66 entries were received from 37 mead makers with entries in each
category of mead style.

First, second and third place were also awarded in specific mead categories.

Dry/semi-sweet traditional
1st place Chad Gould, St. Petersburg. FL Anniversary Mead
2nd place Luke Kostu, Hopelawn, NJ D-47 Mead
3rd place Richard Weiss, New Bern, NC

Sweet traditional
1st place Jeffrey Swearengin, Tulsa OK, Sol de Blanc
2nd place Glenn and Dani Exline, Rockledge, FL, TKO
3rd place Curt and Kathy Stock, St. Paul, MN Tupelo Taming

Cyser
1st place Mary Rieland, McFarland, WI
2nd place Lyle Brown, Fredericksburg, VA
3rd place Patrick Payne, Melbourne, FL, Super Sizer

Pyment
1st place Steve Fletty, Falcon Heights, MN Chateau Fletty
2nd place Michael Fairbrother, Londonderry, NH, Wild NH pyment
3rd place Deborah Lee, Thornton, CO, Zinfully Wild

Other Fruit Melamels
1st place Curt and Kathy Stock, St. Paul, MN Plum Crazy
2nd place Ed Walkowski, Dalton, PA Raspberry melamel
3rd place Howard Curran, Oviedo, FL Guavalicious

Metheglin
1st place Christopher Clair, West Chester, PA Jenn & Barry's Matrimonial
Mint Mead
2nd place Luke Kostu, Hopelawn, NJ Chili Mead
3rd place Ed Walkowski, Dalton, PA Apple Butter Cyser

Braggot
1st place Patrick Payne, Melbourne, FL Braggot Rights
2nd place Patrick Payne, Melbourne, FL There's Creek in me Honey
3rd place Glenn and Dani Exline, Rockledge, FL, St. Bernardus

Open Category Mead
1st place Patrick Payne, Rockledge, FL Paynes Pomegranate Braggot
2nd place Jeffrey Swearengin, Tulsa, OK Cornucopias
3rd place, Lyle Brown, Fredericksburg, VA, Meloglin

And the Best of Show winners are:
1st place BOS goes to Mary Reiland, McFarland WI for her heirloom apple
cyser.
2nd place BOS goes to Jeffery Swearengin, Tulsa OK for his Sol de Blanc, a
traditional sweet mead
3rd place BOS goes to Steve Fletty, Falcon Heights MN for his Chateu Fletty,
a pyment

Congratulations!

Score sheets will be mailed out on Monday, October 16. Ribbons and awards
will be sent to the BOS winners and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in
each category approximately the last week of October. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact us!

Thanks again for sharing your meads and we look forward to your entries in
the Valhalla competition next year!

Suzanne McMurphy
Competition Organizer