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5th Annual Muse Cup Mead-Only Competition

Hosted by The Liquid Poets

September 16th, 2012

Northern Colorado's Liquid Poets homebrew club invites you to enter our annual AHA/BJCP sanctioned mead-only competition.

The Basic Details...



ProAm Style Competition:

Helping Out:

Drop Off/Shipping Locations

Entries can be shipped to:

Muse Cup
C/O Hops and Berries

125 Remington Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 493-2484
The following locations have been kind enough to organize entries to be picked up:

Hops and Berries
125 Remington Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 493-2484
Hop To It
2900 Valmont Rd #D2
Boulder, CO
(303) 444-8888
Brew Hut
15108 E Hampden Avenue
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 680-8898
Stomp Them Grapes
4731 Lipan St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-6552
Bald Brewer Home Brewing Supply
651 8th Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 682-4314
Beer At Home
1325 W. 121st Ave
Westminster, CO 80234
(720) 872-9463 and
4393 S. Broadway
Englewood, CO
(303) 789-3676

Additional Details


Each entry will be judged according to the current BJCP guidelines. Entries of similar styles may be grouped together to allow for manageable judging sessions and reasonable competition. The top mead in each category will be judged in a final round to determine the Best of Show Mead. All meads and ciders will be judged chilled.


An entry shall consist of one or two 10-22 oz bottles, either corked or capped. Bottles must be clean of all paper, printed or enameled labels, label adhesive, misc. debris, or any other distinguishing features. Clear glass, and oversized (22 oz. or champagne) bottles are acceptable. Printed crown caps are acceptable but must be blacked out completely with black marker to assure anonymity. Bottles will not be returned to entrants. Every effort will be made to re-cap the bottle with a tasting cork after the first round judging. If an entrant is concerned about the sparkling or other delicate nature of a mead being lost, please send two bottles.

ProAm Style Competition

One of the meads at the Best of Show table will be chosen for a ProAm brew with Hunters Moon Meadery. The mead will be selected for the quality of mead as well as the suitability to brew at a commercial scale. The Meadery will coordinate with the brewer of the selected mead to determine recipe modifications (if necessary) to brew the selected mead given available ingredients and equipment. This competition is not associated with GABF.


Each entry must have a single BJCP entry form completed containing brewer and recipe information. Online entry is also available on this site. Please be sure to print your online entry form and attach it to your bottles. Each bottle shall have a bottle identification form attached with a rubber band to facilitate collection of forms; glue and/or tape are unacceptable. Enter your beer according to the current BJCP classifications - please see the BJCP website for a copy of these classifications. Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.


This competition is open to amateur home-brewers age 21 or older. Mead-makers are not limited to amount of entries per BJCP subcategory.

More Rules

Entrants agree to allow the Liquid Poets the right to publish recipes without compensation. All entries become property of the Liquid Poets. Infractions of these rules may disqualify any entry. Disqualified beers may still be judged but will not be eligible for awards. The judges may decide to not award any or all places in any category. The decision of the judges is final.

Yet Even More Rules

Just kidding...

Thanks for participating and good luck!