By Megan Quinn
An upcoming competition in Broomfield will celebrate modern versions of an ancient golden beverage.
Next week, mead makers and lovers of the honey-based drink will come to Broomfield for the Mazer Cup, the largest commercial and amateur mead competition in the world. The competition, now in its seventh year, invites homebrewers and mead-making businesses from around the globe to bring their sweet honey-based beverages to town Friday and Saturday to be judged at the Omni Interlocken Resort.
The competition will include about 700 entries from commercial mead makers and homebrewers. Entries include mead makers from places such as Switzerland, Malaysia, China, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Sweden, Poland, France, England and the United States.
The competition is closed to the public, but there is a public mead tasting event Friday, called the Mead Mixer, that will offer a variety of meads to the public while raising money for Community Food Share.
Community Food Share supplies food to Boulder and Broomfield county food banks, including Broomfield FISH and North Denver Cares Food Pantry.
Supporting local organizations like Community Food Share is as important as celebrating mead’s worldwide appeal, organizers said.