Kinsale Mead Co’s seasonal berry mead, Hazy Summer Mead, has picked up a gold medal at the recent Mazer Cup International Mead Competition, an annual competition held in Boulder, Colorado.
The Mazer Cup is a not for profit competition run by mead enthuiasts from across America and abroad and is independent of any brands or producers. The competition celebrates both home mead producers and commercial producers.
Kinsale Mead Co took home gold in the Other Fruit/Vegetable Melomel category. Melovino Meadery took home silver for its By Any Other Name mead, and Lost Cause Meadery took home bronze for its Barrel Aged Easy Bender.
“The Mazer Cup is like the Olympics of mead,” said co-founder, Denis Dempsey. “It’s judged by our fellow mead makers with hundreds of entries from around the world, so it’s stiff competition. As a small, artisan company and the only meadery in Ireland, we are very proud to be able to say that Irish mead is recognised as being among the best in the world.”
Last year the company won gold and silver awards at Blas na hEireann for its Wild Red Mead and Atlantic Dry Mead respectively, while also picking up gold in the Special Choice Award at the Irish Free From Food Awards.
“All our meads are naturally gluten free,” said co-founder, Kate Dempsey. “And we work hard to select the best, pure honey and berries to make our meads.”
Speaking about Hazy Summer Mead, Kate said: “We like to think of it as Ireland’s answer to Pimms, that British perennial summer drink. Once the sun comes out, pour yourselves a glass of chilled Hazy Summer.”
The limited release Hazy Summer Mead is available from O’Briens Wines, SuperValus and local independent off licence and specialty food stores.