The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, a not-for-profit organization formed to showcase and promote fermented apple and pear beverages, is pleased to announce its annual Call for Entries for the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) to be held March 22-23, 2014.
The site for this year’s competition is The Emerald Golf Course in St. Johns, Michigan. Judging begins on Sunday, March 23rd at 10 AM and continues until approximately 5 PM. Dinner and an awards announcement will follow. The nearest airport is Lansing/Capital Region (LAN) and the host hotel is the Sleep Inn in DeWitt (book by March 1st, ask for the $75/night GLINTCAP rate). Shuttle service between the hotel and the competition site will be provided.
This unique competition welcomes a range of fermented products made with apples and/or pears: cider, ice cider, perry, mead, beer, and spirits. There are two divisions: one for commercially licensed producers and one for noncommercial enthusiasts. Each entry in the competition is evaluated in blind tasting by a panel of two to four judges. Each judge completes a thorough evaluation of the entry, then the panel comes together to discuss the entry’s strengths and weaknesses. The panel may award a gold, silver, or bronze medal based on the entry’s individual merit. There are 19 categories of entry.
Judges are a combination of cider industry professionals, experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, food and drink professionals, academics in pertinent fields, and members of the media. Distinguished judges for this year include Eduardo Vázquez Coto, Norman Groh, Claude Jolicoeur, Nicole Leibon, Ben Watson, and Dave White.
Click Here to Submit Your Entries
Online entry registration opens on Friday, February 21st and closes on Friday, March 7th.
All entries must arrive at The Emerald Golf Course no sooner than Saturday, March 1st and no later than Friday, March 14th.
A judges’ training seminar will be held on Saturday, March 22nd at The Emerald Golf Course. Led by award-winning cidermakers Charles McGonegal and Gary Awdey and accompanied by Dick Dunn—principal author of the BJCP style guidelines for cider—the seminar is a sensory-based tutored tasting that explores cider flavor, taste, and other traits that vary with the wide world of cider styles. The seminar is not open to the general public, but is offered free of charge to GLINTCAP judges and stewards. (If you would like to volunteer as a judge or steward, please complete the GLINTCAP 2014 Volunteer Form to register your interest.) The seminar begins at Noon and ends at 8 PM, with a planned meal break (dinner provided) from 4 to 6 PM.
Other events scheduled for GLINTCAP weekend include an Alternative Apple Based Beverages Workshop by the MSU Artisan Distilling Program on Friday, March 21st and a tour of local cider producers on Monday, March 24th. Please contact Mike Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association produces this event. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact GLCPA President Gary Awdey at email@example.com for more information.
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