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2011 Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition Results

The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association is pleased to announce the results of the Sixth Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) held on April 2, 2011, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year’s GLINTCAP showed significant growth, drawing 265 entries from a wide swath of North America, from Washington to Nova Scotia and from Quebec to Texas. This year also showed a significant increase in the number of entries from overseas.

This competition includes categories for both commercial producers (those who may lawfully sell their products) and non-commercial producers (home hobbyists and commercial establishments such as cider mills that press fresh juice but are not licensed to sell fermented products). With 19 categories of entry the competition is unique in its high level of inclusiveness. Fermented products of all kinds are welcome: ciders, perries, meads, beers, and commercial distillates, provided that they are made with apples or pears.

All judging was conducted using blind panels. Judges were a combination of professional and amateur cider and perry makers, professionals from related industries, BJCP-certified judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, as well as academics and other professionals with ties to the food and beverage industry.

We wish to give thanks to our returning panel of regular judges, to those who joined us this year for the first time, and special thanks to our guests who helped provide a wider geographical reach in the judging : Ben Watson of New Hampshire, author of Cider: Hard and Sweet; Dick Dunn, of Colorado, administrator of the Cider Digest; and Dave White of Washington, cider blogger extraordinaire and the person behind the growing North American Cider Map Project. We wish to thank Competition Organizer Rex Halfpenny and Registrar Jeff Carlson for their many hours spent planning, organizing and running the competition. We also thank the Prime Time Brewers for their voluntary assistance as stewards, invaluable in keeping the Competition blind and fair. Thanks also to our friends at Siciliano’s Market for their tireless assistance in taking receipt of a mountain of entries dropped off and shipped from afar.

Finally, we wish to thank all participants for their many helpful suggestions of how we may continue to improve the Competition. We consider all feedback carefully and look each year for how we may use this information to ensure that the Competition is meaningful and relevant to consumers and producers alike.

Results are shown below. Congratulations to all!

Commercial Division (165 Entries)
Standard, Specialty and Unrestricted Cider & Perry  (130 Entries)
Best of Show  Hogan's Cider Ltd.  Hogan's Dry Cider Warwickshire, England
Best of Show Honorable Mention Tideview Cider  Heritage Dry Cider 2007 Nova Scotia
   
Intensified Cider (Ice Cider and Pommeau) and Spirits (Eau de Vie and Brandy)  (29 Entries)
Best of Show  County Cider Company  Choa Ice Cider Ontario
Best of Show Honorable Mention Blackstar Farms Spirit of Pear Michigan
       
Noncommercial Division (125 Entries)
Best of Show  Gary Awdey French Cider Indiana
Best of Show Honorable Mention Rick Young Snowy River Iowa
Best of Show Honorable Mention Jeff Carlson Westside New England Michigan

Commercial Division
Category 20 - Fruit Beer  (1 Entry)
Gold
Old Boys' Brewhouse LaBelle - Belgian Specialty Ale with Apple Cider Michigan

Category 25a - Cyser  (4 Total Entries)
Gold
Uncle John's Cider Mill Cyser Michigan

Category 26c - Open Mead  (1 Entry)
Bronze
Robinette Cellars Cyser Michigan

Category 27a - Common Cider (35 Total Entries)
Gold
Tideview Cider Heritage Dry Cider 2007 Nova Scotia
Gold
AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery Antique Russet Cider Wisconsin
Gold
Northville Winery Northville Winery Hard Cider Michigan
Silver
Left Foot Charlie Left Foot Charlie Hard Cider Michigan
Silver
Uncle John's Cider Mill Seasonal Baldwin Michigan
Silver
Tideview Cider Heritage Semi-Dry 2008 Nova Scotia
Silver
Tandem Ciders Sweetheart Michigan
Silver
Snowdrift Cider Company Cliffbreaks Blend Washington
Silver
Uncle John's Cider Mill Original Hard Cider Michigan
Silver
Tandem Ciders Crabster Michigan
Silver
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks North Carolina Hard Cider North Carolina
Silver
Black Star Farms Hard Apple Cider Michigan
Silver
Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery Honeycrisp Hard Wisconsin
Silver
Tandem Ciders Smackintosh Michigan
Silver
Russell Orchard Dry Hard Cider Massachusetts
Bronze
Spicers Carriage House Cellars Sweet Williams Hard Cider Michigan
Bronze
Twin Pines Orchards Twin Pines Hammer Bent Red Cider Ontario
Bronze
Robinette Cellars Barzillas Brew Michigan
Bronze
Twin Pines Orchards Twin Pines Hammer Bent Cider Ontario
Bronze
French Road Cellars IN Cider Michigan
Bronze
McIntosh Cellars Draught Cider Michigan
Bronze
AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery Kinglet Bitter Draft Cider Wisconsin
Bronze
Uncle John's Cider Mill Bourbon Barrel Cider Michigan
Bronze
Vander Mill Cider Scorned Michigan
Bronze
AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery Barn Swallow Draft Cider Wisconsin
Bronze
Snowdrift Cider Company Orchard Select Washington
Bronze
Distillery Lane Ciderworks Redfield Russet Maryland

Category 27b - English Cider  (19 Total Entries)
Gold
Hogan's Cider Ltd. Hogan's Dry Cider Warwickshire, England
Gold
Hogan's Cider Ltd. Hogan's Medium Cider Warwickshire, England
Gold
Tulip Valley Winery Red Barn Fire Barrel Cider Washington
Silver
Oliver's Cider and Perry  Oliver's Bottle Conditioned Cider Herefordshire, England
Silver
Cider By Rosie  Cider by Rosie Dorset, England
Silver
Oliver's Cider and Perry Oliver's Herefordshire Dry Cider Herefordshire, England
Silver
Tieton Cider Works Blossom Nectar Washington
Silver
San Juan Island Distillery Westcott Bay Traditional Very Dry Washington
Silver
Aspall  Aspall Medium Cider Suffolk, England
Silver
San Juan Island Distillery Westcott Bay Traditional Dry Washington
Bronze
San Juan Island Distillery Westcott Bay Traditional Medium Sweet Washington
Bronze
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery English Pub Cider Ontario
Bronze
County Cider Company Waupoos Premium Cider Ontario
Bronze
Aspall Aspall Dry Cider Suffolk, England
Bronze
Tieton Cider Works Tieton Blend Cider Washington
Bronze
Cider By Rosie Rose's Special Blend Dorset, England
Bronze
Snowdrift Cider Company Dry Cider Washington

Category 27c - French Cider  (4 Total Entries)
Silver
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery Estate Reserve Ontario
Silver
Distillery Lane Ciderworks Kingston Black Maryland
Silver
Aspall Aspall Organic Cider Suffolk, England
Bronze
Finnriver Cidery Artisan Sparkling Cider Washington

Category 27d - Perry  (6 Total Entries)
Gold
Uncle John's Cider Mill Perry Michigan
Silver
Lehmans Orchards Perry Pear Michigan
Silver
Russell Orchard Perry Massachusetts
Silver
Fox Barrel Cider Company Pear Naked California
Silver
Robinette Cellars Perry Michigan
Bronze
Country Mill Winery Country Mill Perry Michigan

Category 27e - Traditional Perry (3 Total Entries)
Gold
AeppelTreow Winery Traditional Perry Wisconsin
Gold
Hogans Cider Ltd. Hogan's Vintage Perry Warwickshire, England
Gold
Oliver's Cider and Perry Oliver's Herefordshire Dry Perry Herefordshire, England

Category 28a - New England Cider (2 Total Entries)
Silver
Snowdrift Cider Company Semi-Dry Cider Washington

Category 28b - Fruit Cider (16 Total Entries)
Gold
Northville Winery Cranberry Apple Wine Michigan
Gold
Uncle John's Cider Mill Apple Cranberry Michigan
Silver
Spicers Carriage House Cellars Sweet Williams Cherry Hard Cider Michigan
Silver
County Cider Company Waupoos Premium Feral Cider Ontario
Bronze
Northville Winery Crimson Dew Michigan
Bronze
Aspall Aspall Perronelle's Blush Cider Suffolk, England
Bronze
Lehmans Orchards Raspberry-Apple Cider Michigan
Bronze
Robinette Cellars Cherry Cider Michigan
Bronze
Black Star Farms Apple Cherry Hard Cider Michigan
Bronze
Country Mill Winery Mighty Mac Cherry Michigan
Bronze
Uncle John's Cider Mill Apple/Cherry Cider Michigan
Bronze
Tideview Cider Raspberry Cider Nova Scotia
Bronze
Tieton Cider Works Cherry Cider Washington

Category 28c - Apple Wine (10 Total Entries)
Gold
McIntosh Cellars Heirloom Gold Michigan
Silver
Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery Dolgo Crabapple Wine Wisconsin
Silver
McClure's Orchard Applewine Dry Indiana
Silver
McClure's Orchard Applewine Indiana
Silver
Uncle John's Cider Mill Apple Wine Michigan
Bronze
Russell Orchard Baldwin Apple Wine Massachusetts
Bronze
Country Mill Winery Country Mill Apple Wine Michigan

Category 28d - Specialty Cider (19 Total Entries)
Gold
Spicers Carriage House Cellars Cider House Reserve Michigan
Gold
Fox Barrel Cider Company Fox Barrel Apricot Pear California
Gold
McClure's Orchard Bourbon Applewine Indiana
Gold
Fox Barrel Cider Company Fox Barrel Black Berry Pear California
Silver
Lehmans Orchards Honeycrisp Cider Michigan
Silver
Eden Ice Cider Company Orleans Vermont
Silver
Left Foot Charlie Cinnamon Girl Michigan
Silver
Vander Mill Cider Cider Masala Michigan
Silver
Uncle John's Cider Mill Fireball Cider Michigan
Silver
Crispin Cider Company Crispin The Saint Minnesota
Silver
Fox Barrel Cider Company Fox Barrel Mulled Cider California
Bronze
Alpenfire Cider Pirate's Plank-Bone Dry Washington
Bronze
AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery Perry Wisconsin
Bronze
Aspall  Aspall Cuvee Chevallier Suffolk, England
Bronze
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery Crabapple Blush Ontario
Bronze
Russell Orchard Apple Blueberry Wine Massachusetts

Category 2006-1   Unrestricted Cider or Perry  (16 Total Entries)
Silver
Green Mountain Beverage Wyder's Cider - Pear Vermont
Silver
E&J Gallo Winery Hornsby's Crisp Apple Hard Cider California
Silver
Green Mountain Beverage Woodchuck Hard Cider - Granny Smith Vermont
Silver
Windy Hill Cidery Gala Peach Sweet Hard Cider South Carolina
Silver
E&J Gallo Winery Hornsby's Amber Draft Hard Cider California
Silver
Crispin Cider Company Crispin Light Minnesota
Bronze
Crispin Cider Company Crispin Original Minnesota
Bronze
Green Mountain Beverage Strongbow Cider Vermont
Bronze
Green Mountain Beverage Woodchuck Hard Cider - Amber Vermont
Bronze
Westons Henry Westons Special Reserve Herefordshire, England
Bronze
Crispin Cider Company Crispin Brut Minnesota
Bronze
Westons Old Rosie Herefordshire, England
Bronze
Green Mountian Beverage Woodchuck Hard Cider Limited Release-Summer Vermont
Bronze
Westons Weston Oak Conditioned Extra Dry Herefordshire, England
Bronze
Windy Hill Cidery Strawberry Pippin Dry Hard Cider South Carolina
Bronze
Windy Hill Cidery Ginger Gold South Carolina

Category 2006-2a  Intensified Cider - Prefermentation (Ice Cider)   (10 Total Entries) 
Gold
County Cider Company  Choa Ice Cider Ontario
Gold
Eden Ice Cider Company Eden Vermont Ice Cider - Northern Spy  Vermont
Gold
Eden Ice Cider Company Eden Vermont Ice Cider - Calville Blend  Vermont
Gold
Spirit Tree Estate Cidery Ice Cider Ontario
Silver
Still River Winery APFEL EIS Massachusetts
Silver
Eden Ice Cider Company Champlain Orchards Honeycrisp Vermont Ice Cider  Vermont
Silver
Kennebec Cider Company Maine Ice Cider Maine
Silver
J.Trees Cellars Fuji Ice Cider Michigan
Bronze
McIntosh Cellars Golden Harvest Michigan
Bronze
Distillery Lane Ciderworks Ice Cider Maryland

Category 2006-2b  Intensified Cider - Postfermentation (Pommeau) (9 Total Entries)
Gold
Vander Mill Cider Essence of Apple Michigan
Gold
Tandem Ciders Pomona Michigan
Gold
Uncle John's Cider Mill Apple Dessert Wine Michigan
Gold
Black Star Farms Sirius Pear Dessert Wine Michigan
Gold
AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery Poirissimo Tranitionale Wisconsin
Silver
Black Star Farms Sirius Maple Dessert Wine Michigan
Silver
Michigan Beer Cellar Michigan Apple Delight Michigan
Silver
Finnriver Cidery Spirited Apple Wine Washington
Silver
Robinette Cellars Dessert Apple Wine Michigan

Category 2006-3a  Distilled - Eau de vie (5 Total Entries)
Gold
San Juan Island Distillery Apple Eau de vie Washington
Gold
Blackstar Farms Spirit of Pear Michigan
Gold
Uncle John's Cider Mill Vodka Michigan
Silver
Koval Distillery Pear Brandy Illinois
Silver
Tom's Foolery Tom's Foolery Applejack Eau-de-vie-Jack Ohio

Category 2006-3b Distilled - Brandy (Oak Aged)  (5 Total Entries)
Gold
AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery Wisconsin Apple Brandy Wisconsin
Gold
Blackstar Farms Apple 10 Year Old Brandy Michigan
Bronze
Uncle John's Cider Mill Apple Brandy Michigan
Bronze
Yahara Bay Distillery Esprit de Pome Wisconsin
Bronze
Tom's Foolery Tom's Foolery Applejack  Ohio

Noncommercial Division
Category 20 - Fruit Beer  (2 Total Entries)
Bronze
Tom Hicks Iowa Apple Wheat Ale
Bronze
Eric Fouch Newtons Apple Wit

Category 25a - Cyser  (10 Total Entries)
Silver
Rodney Kibzey Apple Juiced!
Silver
Jim Vernon Joyce's Favorite
Silver
Jeff Carlson Westside Cyser
Silver
William Bozell #11
Bronze
Jim Vernon Nippin' Tuck
Bronze
Jim Vernon Spike Horn Snake Bite

Category 26c - Open Mead  (8 Total Entries)
Gold
Ian Bresky Old E's Autumn Spice
Gold
William Bozell #11
Silver
Karl Vernon Michele St. Medlay
Silver
Don Gindhart Apple Caramel Pie Mead
Silver
William Bozell #11
Bronze
Dave Kilgore 2009 Maple Apple Cyser
Bronze
Eric Fouch The Bees Knees
Bronze
Alan Pearlstein Taste O Autumn

Category 27a - Common Cider  (31 Total Entries)
Gold
Jeff Carlson Westside Cider
Gold
Alan Pearlstein Michigan Table Cider - 2010
Gold
Jeff Carlson Northewest Cider
Gold
Rick Young Snowy River
Silver
Sean Thompson Sweet Cloud
Silver
Jeff Carlson Peachridge Cider
Silver
Claude Jolicoeur Cidre Bouche Brut 2009 Premiere Saison
Silver
Greg Fowler Cider 
Silver
Rodney Kibzey Commoner Cider
Silver
Pete Sanford Common Cider
Bronze
James Lindeman 2 2
Bronze
Sean Thompson Southern Cider
Bronze
Greg Johnson Dry Cider
Bronze
Tom Messink
Bronze
Jim Matzek
Bronze
Eric Fouch No Chance
Bronze
Randy Lamars Common Cider
Bronze
Randy Lamars Common Cider
Bronze
James Lindeman 2 4
Bronze
James Lindeman 2 5
Bronze
Joe Uhl Vert Royale
Bronze
Richard Schoeler Common Cider

Category 27b - English Cider  (7 Total Entries)
Gold
Gary Awdey Bittersweet with Golden Russet
Gold
Gary Awdey English Cider
Silver
Rick Young American Bitter Sweet - Prairie Moon
Bronze
Jeff Carlson Yellowjacket Cider
Bronze
Jim Verlinde Sir James Finest
Bronze
Scott Husted English Cider

Category 27c - French Cider  (4 Total Entries)
Gold
Gary Awdey French Cider
Silver
Rick Young Aspen Gold
Silver
Gary Awdey French Cider

Category 27d - Common Perry (6 Total Entries)
Silver
Jeff Carlson Westside Perry
Silver
Gary Awdey Common Perry
Silver
Eric Fouch Poir Fouche
Bronze
Jeff Coffee Sex Under Grandma's Pear Tree
Bronze
Randy Lamars Common Perry

Category 27e - Traditional Perry  (5 Total Entries)
Gold
Gary Awdey Sweet Gutzwiller
Silver
Gary Awdey Medium Gutzwiller
Silver
Gary Awdey Bottle Conditioned Gelbmostler
Silver
Eric Fouch Poire Traditionnelle

Category 28a - New England Cider  (3 Total Entries)
Gold
Jeff Carlson Westside New England

Category 28b - Fruit Cider  (18 Total Entries)
Gold
Rodney Kibzey Cherry Cider
Gold
William Bozell #10
Silver
Jeff Carlson Westside Black Raspberry Cider
Silver
William Bozell #12
Silver
Rick Young Cider Sangria
Silver
Eric Fouch Berry Bog Cider
Silver
Robert Wanhatalo Pineapple Sally
Silver
William Bozell #10
Silver
Jeff Coffee Wild Orchard
Bronze
William Bozell #10
Bronze
William Bozell #12
Bronze
Scott Husted BlackRaspberry Blast
Bronze
William Bozell #12
Bronze
Scott Husted Red Raspberry

Category 28c - Apple Wine  (4 Total Entries)
Gold
Karl Vernon Sweet Apples
Bronze
Andy Sietsema
Bronze
Eric Fouch South Kent Apple Wine
Bronze
Dave Kilgore 2006 Applewine

Category 28d - Specialty Cider  (22 Total Entries)
Gold
Jeff Carlson Sweet Heat Jalapeno Cider
Gold
Jeff Carlson Atomic Cider
Gold
United Order of Fermenting Messinks (U of M) Barrel Cider
Gold
United Order of Fermenting Messinks (U of M) Barrel Cider
Silver
Karl Vernon Blueberry Apple Wine
Silver
Jeff Coffee Christmas Cherry Perry
Silver
Karl Vernon Cherry Apple Wine
Silver
Eric Fouch Atomic Fireball Perry
Silver
Jim Vernon Jimmy's Special Darkness
Silver
Jeff Coffee Raz Perry
Silver
Mark Vernon Wildtime Cider
Bronze
Herb Stevens Porters Cider Wine
Bronze
William Bozell Pumpkin Pie 
Bronze
Karl Vernon Apple Black Berry
Bronze
Jeff Coffee Kelly's Kick Your Ass Cherry
Bronze
Greg Johnson Oak Aged Blend Cider
Bronze
William Bozell Pumpkin Pie 
Bronze
Jeff Coffee A2
Bronze
Robert Wanhatalo Hop-Jack-ed
Bronze
William Bozell Pumpkin Pie Hard Cider


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