Meadllennium 2005 was a great success. We had a record number of entries, from a record number of states, and a record number of meadmakers. Entries came from as far away as Alaska and Canada and Maine. I recognised several names from this forum.

The new BJCP/AHA guidelines were used and we awarded more medals than ever before. We only had to collapse the Braggot and Metheglin categories (because of there were so few entries in those categories). BUT, we were able to award medals for all three of the traditional sub-categories (dry, medium and sweet). AND, because of the large number of entries in the "Other Fruit Melomel" category, we were able to expand the category and award medals in dry, medium and sweet melomels.

The meads that were entered this year were exceptional! 92% scored 30 or better. First place winners received a gold medal and a beautiful etched mug. Second and third place winners received handsome medals. Personalized "Gold Certificates", suitable for framing, were awarded to everyone that scored 40 points or better, and personalized "Silver Certificates" were awarded to all that scored 35 -39 points. For those that could not attend the awards ceremony last evening, award and score sheets will be in the mail within the next two weeks.

Thanks to all that entered. Your meads were excellent and are a testimony to your skills. Thanks, too, to all that helped with judging, stewarding, registering, tabulating and paperwork. Thanks to all that got the awards (medals, mugs and certificates) to us in time.
And, a huge thanks for the use of the Hoover estate for the judging.

AND, THE WINNERS ARE:

24A. Traditional Dry Mead
1. Rockey Measom, Winter Park, FL - "Dry Rock"
2. Randall deBeauclair, Pinckney MI
3. KK Koenig, Dunedin FL – "New Baby Boy"

24B. Traditional Semi-Sweet Mead
1. David McAlister, Orange CA – "Sage Mead"
2. Neil McCormick, Deltona, FL – "Wildflower Sweet"
3. Kevin Martin, Charlotte NC – "Raspberry Whisper"

24C. Traditional Sweet Mead
1. Neil McCormick, Deltona, FL – "Orange Blossom Sweet"
2. Charles Hughes – Melbourne FL – "Charlie’s Palmetto Mead"
3. Charles Hughes – Melbourne FL – "Charlie’s Palmetto Mead"

25A. Melomel – Cyser
1. Steve Schmitt, Anchorage AK - "Cyser"
2. Pete Devaris – Anchorage AK – "Rockey Horror Cyser Show"
3. Steven Pursley – Norman OK

25B. Melomel – Pyment
1. Stephen Pursley, Norman OK – "Liebfrauenmilch Pyment"
2. Jeff Parry, Shapleigh ME – "Grameade"
3. Vern Wolff, New Market AL – "Pyment Caliente"

25C. Other Fruit Melomel (Split into three categories due to number of entries) Dry
1. Ed Balme, San Ramon CA - "Ed"
2. Steven Loignon, Shapleigh ME – "Pomegranate Melomel"
3. Mike/Kelly Eger and Madison, Orlando, FL – "BM Mead"

Semi-Sweet
1. Glenn Exline/Dani Exline, Rockledge FL – "GGM II"
2. Pete Devaris, Anchorage AK – "Purple Nipple Pinching Ponies"
3. Kelly Legge, Vancouver, BC, Canada, - "Quince"

Sweet
1. Glenn Exline/Dani Exline, Rockledge FL – "Passion’s Nectar"
2. Boyd Solange, Calimesa CA – "Solange’s Mead"
3. Julia Herz, Lyons CO – "Julia & Greggs Mead"

26A. Metheglin & 26B. Braggot Combined (Due to number of entries)
1. 26A Charles Hughes, Melbourne FL – "Charlie’s Basil"
2. 26B Howard Curran/Preston Hoover, Oviedo FL - "Bagpipe Braggot"
3. 26A Darryl Hickey, Miami FL – "Lemongrass Mead"

26C. Open Mead Category
1. Steve Schmitt, Anchorage AK – "Morning Wood"
2. Pete Devaris, Anchorage AK – "Should have been a Cowgirl"
3. Howard Curran/Preston Hoover, Oviedo FL – "Hazelnut Mead"

Best of Show
Steve Schmitt, Anchorage AK – "Morning Wood"

1st Runner Up
Glenn & Dani Exline, Rockledge FL - "Passion’s Nectar"

2nd Runner Up
Neil McCormick, Deltona FL – "Orange Blossom Sweet"

Mead Club of the Year
Great Northern Brewers Club - Anchorage, Alaska

2nd Place Mead Club
SAAZ - Melbourne, Florida

3rd Place Mead Club
Southern Maine Home Brewers - Shapleigh, Maine