The Domras Cup began in 1999 as a small, club-only competition between several serious local mead-makers. It quickly became a regional competition where mead-makers from coastal Georgia and South Carolina plied their wares in search of getting their name etched on the famous cup.
It was fittingly named in honor of Chuck Domras, a gregarious and outgoing club member who was quite fond of mead (the making and imbibing of), who had passed away earlier that year.
Now in its 17th year, the little Domras Cup Mead Competition has grown to be one of the longer, continuously-running, mead-only competitions in the world with entries received from all over the country. We are continuously looking at ways to improve the event and judging of meads. In 2012 we completed a mead judge exam with a dozen new certified mead judges in the southeast so that The Domras Cup will have certified mead judges at each table.
When & Where
Directions: Get onto Victory Drive. From Dowtown, turn LEFT onto Bryan Woods. Go to stop sign, Turn LEFT onto Penrose drive. Go about ¼ mile and facility is behind a big chain link fence on your right. The driveway is located on a bend in the road.
Payment link is on the registration page.
How to EnterEnter
Enter the Domras Cup homebrew competition through the registration button above. You will be provided a brewer’s number upon registering. Register your meads and then return to this page to complete the PayPal payment. Print and include a copy of your entry form.
Entries are due by
- Fruit Melomels: Provide THREE bottles any size (for mini-BOS).
- Other Mead Category: Provide THREE bottles any size (for mini-BOS).
- Still Meads: Provide ONE 750ml bottle, or TWO if 10–16oz. bottles
- Sparkling Meads: Provide THREE bottles any size.
Print the bottle labels from the online entry site and attach to each bottle with rubber band (no tape). Bottle can be 10–25 oz. Since many meads are of course corked or bottled in non-standard bottles, the entries will be served blind to judges already poured into wine glasses by trained mead stewards.
Shipping & Drop-off
Entries should be mailed to 21 Cedar View Dr. Savannah, GA 31410
or dropped off at Savannah Homebrew Shoppe.
Arrange with Steve or John for drop-off prior to January 23rd. If entry form and payment are received by the 23rd, entries can be brought directly to the competition. Day-of entries should be on-site by 8:30am and at the proper serving temperature.
Inform the Judge Director, Chris Stovall, if interested in judging the competition. All of our Apprentice and current judges are highly encouraged to participate. Since we may require judges that are also entrants, we’ll need to work out the details of judge category placement, etc. Please contact Chris by email or at 912-667-9733. We will hold a judge and steward session at 8:30am, so be on-site for instructions by then if volunteering.
Out of Town Judges: We need you too! Please contact Chris to volunteer. If you have entries, you may bring those with you granted fees and forms have been submitted by the Entry Date.
It is expected that the competition will take place all on Saturday morning with Best of Show occurring directly after category rounds are completed.