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Michigan Cider & GLINTCAP 2011 - Day 0

Well I've been looking forward to this weekend for some time now. We landed in Grand Rapids, Michigan today for the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP).

The GLINTCAP organizers are generously providing us with "no holds barred" look at Michigan cider before, during, and after the competition. Here is a brief synopsis of our cider weekend ahead.

Friday April 1st
Friday starts with some local cider touring by day, then dinner with the cider judges and folks, capped off by our cider judges workshop.

Saturday April 2nd
Saturday is a very long day. We start judging ciders at 10AM and finish by 6PM. The competition is followed by dinner and Awards Announcements.

Sunday April 3rd
More cider touring with Mike Beck of Uncle John's Fruithouse Winery, starting at his place where we will work our way up North. We will enjoy some cider tasting and light snacks at Left Foot Charley in the afternoon, a cider dinner at Tandem Ciders in the evenings, and stay at the beautiful Black Star Farms.


I'll be posting plenty of updates here on the blog, and more frequently on Twitter, and on the OTC Facebook page which can also be seen in the column to your right. If you'd like to keep up with all the Michigan and GLINTCAP cider action stay tuned.


3rd Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival - September 11-12 2010


3rd Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival Planned for September 11-12 at Uncle John’s Cider Mill

(ST. JOHNS, Mich) – The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association has announced its 3rd Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival, September 11-12, at Uncle John’s Cider Mill at 8614 N US 127, St. Johns – just 
north of Lansing.

Throughout the weekend, samples of the finest fermented cider and perry (cider made from pears) from the states and provinces that border the Great Lakes will be available for tasting. Food vendors 
will sell sweet and savory selections. Activities such as sweet cider pressing, nature walks and the kids’ playground, will be open for family fun at Uncle John’s all weekend long as well. The festival runs from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, with cider and perry tastings throughout the day at a cost of $10 per person, which includes a souvenir glass for the first 250 people, and 10 tasting 

The second day of the event will include workshops open only to the alcohol beverage trade. Restaurateurs, retail sellers, distributors, media, chefs, sommeliers & cicerones are invited to sample hard cider  & perry available to the Michigan market.  Sunday events will include food pairings from Wrought Iron Grill in Owosso & artisanal cheese pairings from Hill’s Cheese Shops.

Tickets can be purchased online at

All profit proceeds from the festival benefit the Great Lake Cider & Perry Association (est. 2008). Find them online at


Michigan Ciders

 Tandem Ciders, Suttons Bay, Michigan. Courtesy of "Life is Fare"

Below you'll find an excerpt to a cider related blog post from "Life Is Fare - One woman's approach to living life to the fullest by eating happy food". I received the link for this story in my comments from the author. Needless to say I was very jealous. I've always wanted to make it out to Michigan and check out the cider scene. I'm in contact and email with a few folks out there and have found their ciders to be real good too.

Michigan is also home to the "Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association" who organizes and hosts the only International competition that is exclusively for Cider and Perry. They are also hosting the upcoming 3rd Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Festival to be held Sept 11-12 Uncle John's Cider Mill (one of Michigan's premier cider makers) at 8614 N US 127, St. Johns, MI. Tickets can be purchased here:

So read the excerpt and click on over to read the rest of the post as the author tours and tastes ciders from Michigan's own Tandem Ciders, Good Neighbor Organic Vineyard & Winery and Douglas Valley Organic Vineyards.

I gotta mention all three cider makers and many more Michigan cideries can be found on my North American Cider Map too... Go find and drink cider in Michigan!


On a Mission for Hard Cider

I’ve been drinking hard cider ever since I lived in London two decades ago. After that, I lived for a short time in Brattleboro, Vermont, where I was happy to find hard cider on tap at a place called Three Dollar Dewey’s. Ever since, I’ve had a taste for it, especially in the fall. Now, Michigan is my destination for hard cider. Nothing beats buying your happy hour drink from a local producer! Read more here...

Thanks for the comments and link Marcia! Much appreciated.