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Hard cider makers medal at international competition

April 14, 2015
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Hard cider makers medal at international competition
Vander Mill is a hard cider maker with locations in Grand Rapids and Spring Lake. Photo via fb.com

One of the world’s largest hard cider competitions took place in Grand Rapids last weekend.

Several hard cider makers from the region scored big, taking home several medals at the 10th-annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition, or GLINTCAP.

The competition took place at the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott, with an awards party Sunday night at The Pyramid Scheme.

With a record number of entries from across the globe, GLINTCAP is said to be the world’s largest cider and perry, or pear cider, competition. England’s Royal Bath and West Show likely could regain its title as it opens up to North American entries.

Commercial division

There were 480 entries into the commercial division, with 413 medals awarded.

Both of the ciders by Farmhaus Cider Co. in Hudsonville took home bronze in the new world cider-modern category.

Gunga Din by St. Julian Winery in Paw Paw won bronze in new world cider-modern. Gunga Din Cherry won silver in the fruit cider category. Gunga Din Cinnamon won bronze in spiced cider.

Robinette’s Cellars in Grand Rapids won bronze in the three categories: applewine, hopped/herbal cider and ice cider.

Sietsema Cider

Sietsema's Cider in Ada performed well. Red Label and Sietsema’s Traditional Dry won bronze in the new world cider-modern category.

Sietsema’s Hopped Cider won bronze in the hopped/herbal category.

Its Lemongrass won gold in hopped/herbal category, and BackWoods Cider won bronze in the wood-aged cider category.

Virtue Cider

Virtue Cider in Fennville took home a bronze and a silver in the new world cider-heritage category.

The cider maker’s flagship, Ledbury, won silver for English cider.

The company’s Spanish cider, Sidra de Nava, won silver in the Spanish cider category.

Virtue’s Lapinette Cidre Brut and The Mitten won bronze in wood-aged cider and perry.

Vander Mill

Vander Mill in Spring Lake won a bronze for Ashmead’s Kernel in the new world cider-heritage category.

Chapman’s Blend won silver in wood-aged cider and perry.

Starcut Ciders

The offshoot of Short’s Brewing Co., Starcut Ciders in Bellaire, took home five bronze medals in the new world cider-modern category.

Starcut won two bronzes in the fruit cider category.

Its Olly Spexx won a bronze in the hopped/herbal category.

Aurora Borealis and White Skies took home silver for Starcut in wood-aged cider and perry.

Uncle John’s

Uncle John’s in St. John's took home a bronze in new world cider-modern and two bronzes in new world cider-heritage for its American 150 and Baldwin. In new world cider-heritage, Uncle John’s also won silver for its Melded and Russet ciders.

Five Uncle John’s fruit ciders took home silver medals.

The orchard’s pear cider won bronze.

Rose won in the specialty cider and perry category for Uncle John’s.

Apple Dessert Wine won silver in the pommeau category and Apple Brandy took home bronze in brandy.

Non-commercial

There were 137 non-commercial entries into GLINTCAP this year.

Morgan and Cathleen Hobbs took home best in class with a new world-modern cider called Little Bean.

Keith Kintigh’s Rites of Spring Ice Cider was awarded highly commended. 

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