Hard-cider makers bring home medals
Local cider makers came home with plenty of awards last weekend from the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition.
The ninth-annual competition was held in St. Johns at Emerald Golf Course.
Sietsema Orchards in Ada won five medals for its hard ciders.
Three of Sietsema’s ciders won silver medals, including its Red Label and its new products, a “hopped up” Green Label and a lemongrass White Label.
The orchard also took home two bronze medals for its Orange and Yellow labels.
“The contest keeps getting bigger, and the quality of ciders keeps getting better,” said Andy Sietsema, owner of Sietsema Orchards. “It’s a great situation for Western Michigan as an area for hard cider production and for Michigan as a whole.”
Sietsema Orchards has operated since 1934 and began offering hard cider in 2012.
Former Goose Island Brewing Co. brewer Greg Hall took home two gold medals for The Mitten and The Mitten (reserve), Virtue Cider’s barrel-aged cider.
Fennville-based Virtue Cider also took home two bronzes for its Nichols Estate and its Spanish cider, Sidra De Nava.
Spring Lake-based Vander Mill brought home a gold for its Cyser Van Doom, a cyser aged in former Founders Brewing Co. barrels.
A project using former New Holland Brewing Co. barrels also brought the company a bronze in the cyser category.
Chapman’s Blend, a perry, took home a silver, and Bon Chretian took home a bronze.
The cider-making wing of Robinette’s in Grand Rapids brought home two silvers and a bronze for its Barzilla’s Brew, Applewine and Ice Cider.