BROOMFIELD, Colorado — St. Ambrose Cellars in Beulah posted a strong showing at the 2019 Mazer Cup International Mead Competition.
The Beulah business picked up two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze at the mead-only competition. A total of 414 entries were judged in 23 categories for the commercial portion of the competition.
St. Ambrose won two of the top three awards among 10 entries in the varietal semi-sweet category. St. Ambrose took home the gold for its Star Thistle Ambrosia and a bronze for its Tupelo Ambrosia.
The three other categories St. Ambrose earned medals were for session meads.
St. Ambrose won gold among eight entries in the sweet category with its XR Cyser draft mead. The cellar won silver among 17 entries in semi-sweet with Rhythm and Blues, and silver among 15 entries in dry with Eat a Peach.
St. Ambrose Cellars makes mead with honey produced from its own bees at Sleeping Bear Farms in Beulah.
Mead can be carbonated like a craft beer or in a traditional still similar to wine. According to a release from St. Ambrose, mead has a taste ranging from sweet to savory, and its alcohol content can range from single digits to high teens.
In the release, the American Mead Makers Association said the number of meaderies in the country has grown from less than 100 in 2005 to more than 600. The association said Michigan, California and Washington are the three states that have shown the most growth.
The Mazer Cup also had a separate competition for home makers. For more information on the competition, visit https://mazercup.org/.