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The 7th Annual
Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition
The Pro-Am Event for Apple and Pear Fermentations
March 30 & 31, 2012

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 its annual “Call for Entries” for the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition.

This unique competition includes categories for both commercial producers (holding liquor licenses) and non-commercial producers (home hobbyists and non-liquor licensed commercial establishments like cider mills). Fermented products of all kinds are welcome: ciders, perrys, meads, beers, and commercial distillates, provided that they are made with apples and/or pears. A complete listing of all styles and their subcategories are included on the entry form.

All judging will be conducted using “blind” panels. Each entry will be identified by a registration number. 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 industry professionals, experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges and media. Celebrity judges for this year include Ben Watson, Tom Burford, Dick Dunn, David White and Nicole Leibon. 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 www.bjcp.org.

Thanks to the support of the fine folks at Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids. Siciliano’s Market will remain the destination for entry drop-off or shipment. Judging will take place at the downtown Courtyard by Marriott in Grand Rapids.

Click Here for the 2012 Competition Entry Form

Click Here for the Single Page Form for Additional Entries

Entries will be accepted beginning Monday, March 12, 2012 through Friday, March 23, 2012. You may ship or drop off your entries at:

GLINT Cider & Perry Competition
Siciliano's Market
2840 Lake Michigan Dr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 USA
(Phone: 616-453-9674 / Web: www.sicilianosmkt.com)
Mon-Sat 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Judging will take place in the Kent Room of the Courtyard by Marriott beginning at 10:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday, March 30, 2012. Judges must arrive early to sign in and get their panel assignments. The Primetime Brewers will perform the stewarding. If you would like to participate in the judging, you must contact Rex Halfpenny (248-628-6584 or mibeerguyd@aol.com) and provide the following information.

Click Here for Hotel Booking Information (Courtyard by Marriott in Grand Rapids)

Judges Training Seminar
This year we will again host a special educational opportunity focusing on cider styles and flavors. The seminar will be conducted by award winning cider makers Gary Awdey and Charles McGonegal. The seminar will be made available at no charge to GLINT CAP staff including judges and stewards. Any space available will be offered first come first reserved for a nominal fee of $20.00 to anyone else wishing to participate and benefit from this rare opportunity. Seating is limited, first come first reserved. The seminar will take place on the Friday evening prior to the judging, March 30. This will take place from 7PM -10PM in the Ottawa Room of the Courtyard by Marriott. Seating is limited so ALL attendees must RSVP Rex Halfpenny at mibeerguyd@aol.com.

At 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, or as soon as possible after all the judging has been completed, we will open the venue for entrants and guests to come in, sample left over entries and participate in the award ceremony. Entrants can also pick up their score sheets at the conclusion of the evening’s proceedings.

and immediately following the competition on 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 mjbeck@ujcidermill.com to sign up for this workshop

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 (gawdey@att.net), Mike Beck, Treasurer (mjbeck@ujcidermill.com), Jeff Carlson, Secretary (carlsonj@gvsu.edu) or Competition Organizer Rex Halfpenny (mibeerguyd@aol.com).

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