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Last Call... Time To Submit Your Ciders to GLINTCAP 2012.

If you plan on entering ciders into the the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competion you had better box those bottles up quick like and mail them off. The clock is ticking closer and closer to that dreaded last call, when the opportunity to enter one one of the World's premier pro-am cider competitions will soon pass. That is until 2013.

The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association puts on an extraordinary cider competition that runs unrivaled in North America. The GLINTCAP crew goes great lengths to put on the very best contest for both amateur and pro cidermaker competitors alike.

If you were to enter only one cider competition a year, this is THE ONE to enter and here are a few reasons why.

One of the largest pro-am cider and perry specific competitions anywhere. Last year's GLINTCAP competition was the World's second largest with over 290 entries, second only to the universally famous Bath & West Show.

Guest judges. The celebrity judges for this year include cider author Ben Watson, leading apple expert Tom Burford a.k.a "Professor Apple", Cider Digest Janitor Dick Dunn, Nicole Leibon or Farnum Hill Cider and well me... David White. I'm excited to say I've been invited back for another great year of judging too.

The most compelling reasons to enter are in the way the contest is run... This is a first class professional run competition complete with a judges training seminar the evening prior. This year's seminar will be led by Charles McGonegal of Aeppeltreow Winery, and Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association President and award winning cidermaker Gary Awdey. They'll place an emphasis on cider flavors and styles and if last year was any indication I suspect we'll get to touch on taints and flaws as well. This training seminar is an awesome experience for the judges and competition staff but it is also open to anyone. The cost is $20 and space is limited to a first come first serve basis.

Like I said. It's time to box 'em up. Information on how and where to enter can be found on the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association's website.


Following the competition on Sunday April 1st...

Cider Makers Orchard Workshop - Topworking Trees Basics
Presented By: Tom Burford & Ben Watson
Sunday, April 1st from 10 am – 2 pm @ Uncle John’s Cider Mill, St. John’s, MI
Cost: $15 for GLCPA Members & $25 Non-Members
Contact Mike Beck at to sign up for this workshop



CiderCon 2012 Chicago, IL. Day 1 Photos

Well CiderCon 2012 has come and gone. I've got a few words about it to share this evening but for now here are some photos from Day 1 which was our Regulation and Legislation discussion day. Not a lot of excitement but some great faces in the set. I urge you to click on over and catch a few of the captions from the Official CiderCon Day 1 set over on Flickr.


Cider Conference 2012 - Chicago, IL

February 9 & 10th

CiderCon is organized to start to give the commercial Cider community an outlet to meet, share ideas, collaborate, and effect positive changes in cidermaking and cider fruit production best practices, the cider market and cider regulations.

WHY a Cider Conference: This conference is being organized for two main reason.

  1. The current state of US cider regulations is precarious for every domestic producer and importer of cider. As the cider market begins to grow at a rapid pace in the US, it is only a matter of time before the current regulations are actually enforced across the industry. All licensed cider producers (no matter their methods, means, or marketing) need to come together NOW to change the current regulations to insure no regulatory interruption to Cider’s continued growth.
  2. There is a great need for cider producers and imports to meet their industry colleagues to discuss and exchange ideas on practices, innovations, and trends to provide the foundation of a strong and diverse industry.

WHO is organizing it: Wandering Aengus Ciderworks is organizing this conference for a second year. In the past we were found to be in violation of US Federal Regulations and believe strongly in making some basic regulatory changes. And we realize that an attempt to propose changes alone will be worthless. After attending many beer and wine industry events, we have come to realize that Cider will never become a legitimate category of diverse offerings unless a collegial and formal Cider Industry starts to take shape to support its current and prospective members and industry specific trade allies.


For more information or to register visit


2011 Franklin County Cider Days Photos.

This past November I had the pleasure of attending Franklin County Cider Days once again. This was my second year in Western Massachusetts for Cider Days and the best one yet. I bet a say that every year too. Seriously if you are in the area, or can plan to be in the area do it. It is a THE BEST weekend of cider and apple related events available in the US. In Western Massachusetts apples just seem to be a part of the culture. There are small orchards, heirloom growers, specialty nursuries, cidermakers, and more tucked into this small pocket of the country. Make sure you take a few days to really explore the area. It truly is a treasure everyone should see once.

More on Franklin County Cider Days later...


Ontario’s Hard Cider Makers’ & Spencer’s at the Waterfront present 2nd Annual Cider Tasting Dinner

Last year about this time I was contacted by a Chef Chris Haworth about a cider dinner project he had been putting together. As Chris put it he thought Ontario Cidermakers had never been brought together for an event like this. As it turned out they hadn't and as you'll read in Chris' note below the participating cidermakers formed their own cider association.

Over the past few years Ontario wine and cider have both experienced a boom and surge in both interest and consumers. Both are also taking home awards. Quite a few Ontario ciders claimed prizes at last year's Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. While the cidermakers and winemakers are doing their jobs right, I'm sure a little thanks is due to innovative pioneering chefs like Chris who support local artisans and celebrate their craft with the class and pageantry they all deserve.

Well they are doing it all over again and I was just asked to post notice that  Ontario's 2nd Annual Cider Tasting Dinner at Spencer's at the Waterfront is happening once again on Sunday March 4th 2012.


Chef Chris Haworth's note.

Sunday 4th March 2012, I will be hosting a dinner at Spencer’s Burlington on the same lines as a ‘winemakers dinner’ but using Ontario’s finest Hard ciders. Last year we had 4 cideries participate and this year we have an astonishing 10! Coffin Ridge, Bains Road, Spirit tree, Beaver valley cider co, Carrick wines and cider, Applewood farm, Pommies dry, Twin Pines, County cider co, Sunnybrook farm. This just reflects how fast this sector has gathered pace in the last 12 months alone.  Last year’s dinner saw Ontario cider makers come together for the first time and as a direct result of this the Ontario cider makers association was born.


If you are in or near Ontario and enjoy cider or locally made goods this dinner is for you. You can find more information on my brand new OTC Cider Events & Tastings page.

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