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The Windy City Takes on Cider

Craft Cider is once again meeting in Chicago this week for CiderCon 3. In it's 3rd year CiderCon has reported having over 200 attendees. Besides the usual run of the mill cider chit-chat and industry talk this group will be discussing a National cider organization and some potential cider legislation changes to help us all bring what seems to be the next big drink to consumers.

If that weren't enough this year there is a CiderCon trade show and a Cider Summit NW planned for the week. Sounds like good sippin' in Chicago.

Paul and his Vander Mill Cider was featured today in a post from Grub Street Chicago titlled "Vander Mill Cider Will Be In The House This Week" and he certainly will be. Paul has set up 3 cider release events in Chicago on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to celebrate the release of his new Chapman's Blend. I think we can safely assume the "Chapman" portion of the name is a friendly nod to John Chapman the American folklore icon Johnny Appleseed.

For Vander Mill's complete event schedule head on over to their website:

Follow up with Grub Street Chicago for more on Paul and Vander Mill and what looks to be a complete breakdown of his new ciders. 


The 8th Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition - Call for Entry

The Pro-Am Event for Apple and Pear Fermentations
March 23rd  & 24th , 2013

The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, a not for profit organization formed to showcase and promote the art of apple and pear fermentation beverages and provide related educational opportunities, is pleased to announce their annual “Call for Entries” for the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), to be held on March 23rd & 24th, 2013.

Online entry registration will open on February 22, 2013 and close on March 11. Entry information will be found at

All entries must be received at the ship-to/drop-off location no later than 5PM on Friday, March 15, 2013 (four days after close of entry registration).  Entrants are encouraged to read entry information early to familiarize themselves with entry categories.

This unique competition includes categories for both commercial producers (holding applicable licenses to produce the fermented and/or distilled beverages entered) and non-commercial producers (home hobbyists and non-fermenting commercial establishments like cider mills).  Fermented products of all kinds are welcome: cider, perry, mead, beer, and commercial distillates, provided that they are made with apples and/or pears.

All judging will be conducted using “blind” panels. Each entry will be identified by a registration number and judges will only see that number along with important information needed to properly evaluate the entry, such as style, level of carbonation, level of sweetness, and any special ingredients or process used in production. Judges will be a combination of experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, industry professionals, and media.

Celebrity judges for this year include Ben Watson, Dick Dunn, David White, Nick Bradstock, Nicole Leibon, Eduard Coto, Norman Groh, and more to be announced soon. For detailed information about the style guidelines, BJCP sanctioned competitions, and the evaluation forms used by judges in this competition you are encouraged to visit    Questions about BJCP cider style guidelines or other styles specific to this competition may be addressed to Gary Awdey (

Competition entry drop off & ship to information.

Thanks to the support of Sietsema’s Orchard Cider Mill in Ada, Michigan, entries may be dropped off or may be shipped to their location. Judging will take place at Grand Rapid’s downtown Courtyard by Marriott.

Entries will be accepted beginning February 22, 2013 through Monday, March 11 , 2013.

You may ship or drop off your entries (to arrive no later than Friday, March 15) at the following location:

Sietsema’s OrchardAttention: GLINT Cider & Perry Competition

8540 2 Mile Rd,
Ada MI, 49301
Tel: 616-676-5584

Judging will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at 10:00 AM in the Kent Room (until completion at approximately 4-5 pm). Dinner and announcement of awards to follow.(TBA)

Judges Training Seminar

This year we will host for the seventh time a special educational opportunity.  This year’s seminar will follow the example of previous years in its focus on cider styles, structural elements and faults but will expand to include greater breadth and detail. The seminar will be conducted by award winning cider makers Gary Awdey and Charles McGonegal with Dick Dunn, administrator of the Cider Digest and principal author of the current BJCP cider style guidelines.  The seminar will be made available at no charge to GLINTCAP judges and stewards and will not be open to the general public.  The seminar will take place on Saturday, March 23, the day prior to the judging, in the Ottawa Room, of the Courtyard by Marriott, from 12 (noon) until 8PM with a planned meal break from 4 to 6PM.  Seating is limited and available only via RSVP to Rex Halfpenny at

The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association produces this event. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact one of the following board members for information.

Gary Awdey, President (
Mike Beck, Treasurer (
Rex Halfpenny Competition Organizer (


Distinguished Judges:

Nick Bradstock:  Former Cider maker at Taunton Cider in England, currently a board member of the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) and European Cider & Fruit Wine Association (AICV)
Edu V. Coto:  Writer for two Spanish cider magazines, “La Sidra” and “Vivir La Sidra", a German blog about cider:, and a cider review website "El blog de la sidra"
Dick Dunn:  Editor of the Cider Digest & principal author of current BJCP cider guidelines
Norman Groh:  Weidmann & Groh GbR  (A cidery and distillery in the Hessian district close to Frankfurt)
Nicole Leibon: Cider Maker at Farnum Hill Ciders, New Hampshire
Ben Watson: Author of Cider, Hard & Sweet: History, Traditions & Making Your Own (2nd Edition)
Dave White: President of Northwest Cider Association & author of Old Time Cider Blog.



Port Townsend Cider Route

If you live in or plan on making a visit to the Northwest you are in luck. One of the best cider day trips anywhere is up in Port Townsend Washington where there are 3 terrific craft cidermakers all of them nesteled all up in the mountains and trees in one cozy community in the North of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The three cidermakers are:

All their tasting rooms are lovely, each individualistic representations of their owners and their personalities. The ciders? Well worth the trip to town. If you do your research and can find them all open on the same weekend it's my guess that you could easily visit all 3 cidermakers in around 3-5 hours if you keep an eye on your watch and not let time slip away.

The idyllic way to make the journey would be to take the day or even the weekend and include a visit or stay in the historical and ever funky Port Townsend to drink in the maritime scenery, eat some food and visit with friendly locals.

Below is a helpful little map I illustrated. If you need we even have a downloadable PDF with step by step instruction.




New Cider Infographic

Well how could I not post this. I mean graphic design and cider? Two of my greatest loves in life and the image below does both much justice. Get some cider history from the American perspective and some fun and interesting facts of cider's amazing growth.

Originally posted at HackCollege


Tieton Cider Works Video

I know these folks and this is the real deal let me tell you and their little piece of the Yakima Valley is just that gorgeous. Tieton Cider Works is the Northwest's fastest growing cider company and their reach is starting to stretch out around the United State. Chances are if you can't find Tieton Cider Works now you'll be able to soon. If you can't wait you can buy their ciders online bu visiting

Sit back, relax, grab a cider (if it's not too early) and enjoy!


Tieton Cider Works 2013 from Tieton Cider Works on Vimeo.