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The 8th Annual
Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition
The Pro-Am Event for Apple and Pear Fermentations
March 23 & 24, 2013

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 their annual “Call for Entries” for the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), to be held on March 23rd & 24th, 2013. Online entry registration will open on February 22, 2013 and close on March 11. All entries must be received at the ship-to/drop-off location no later than 5 PM on Friday, March 15, 2013 (four days after close of entry registration). Entrants are encouraged to read entry information early to familiarize themselves with entry categories.

This unique competition includes categories for both commercial producers (holding applicable licenses to produce the fermented and/or distilled beverages entered) and non-commercial producers (home hobbyists and non-fermenting 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. 

All judging will be conducted using “blind” panels. Each entry will be identified by a registration number and 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 experienced Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges, experienced non-BJCP judges, industry professionals, and media. Celebrity judges for this year include Ben Watson, Dick Dunn, David White, Nick Bradstock, Nicole Leibon, Eduardo Coto and more to be announced soon. 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 Sietsema’s Orchard Cider Mill in Ada, Michigan, entries may be dropped off or may be shipped to their location. Judging will take place at Grand Rapid’s downtown Courtyard by Marriott.

Entries will be accepted beginning February 22, 2013 through Monday, March 11 , 2013. You may ship or drop off your entries (to arrive no later than Friday, March 15) at the following location:

Sietsema’s Orchard
Attention: GLINT Cider & Perry Competition
8540 2 Mile Rd,
Ada MI, 49301
Tel: 616-676-5584
Email: info@sietsemaorchards.com

Judging will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at 10:00 AM in the Kent Room (until completion at approximately 4-5 pm). Dinner and announcement of awards to follow. (TBA)

Judges Training Seminar
This year we will host for the seventh time a special educational opportunity.  This year’s seminar will follow the example of previous years in its focus on cider styles, structural elements and faults but will expand to include greater breadth and detail. The seminar will be conducted by award winning cider makers Gary Awdey and Charles McGonegal with Dick Dunn, administrator of the Cider Digest and principal author of the current BJCP cider style guidelines.  The seminar will be made available at no charge to GLINTCAP judges and stewards and will not be open to the general public.  The seminar will take place on Saturday, March 23, the day prior to the judging, in the Ottawa Room, of the Courtyard by Marriott, from 12 (noon) until 8 PM with a planned meal break from 4 to 6 PM. Seating is limited and available only via RSVP to Rex Halfpenny at mibeerguyd@aol.com.

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@comcast.net), Mike Beck, Treasurer (mjbeck@ujcidermill.com), or Competition Organizer Rex Halfpenny (mibeerguyd@aol.com).

Distinguished Judges:

Nick Bradstock: Former Cider maker at Taunton Cider in England, currently a board member of the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) and European Cider & Fruit Wine Association (AICV)

Edu V. Coto: Writer for two Spanish cider magazines, “La Sidra” and “Vivir La Sidra”, the blog "El blog de la sidra" (http://sidraglocal.blogspot.de/), as well as a German blog about cider (www.apfelwein-blog.de)

Dick Dunn: Editor of the Cider Digest & principal author of current BJCP cider guidelines

Norman Groh: Weidmann & Groh GbR (A cidery and distillery in the Hessian district of Friedberg, north of Frankfurt, Germany)

Nicole Leibon: Cider Maker at Farnum Hill Ciders, New Hampshire

Ben Watson: Author of Cider, Hard & Sweet: History, Traditions & Making Your Own (2nd Edition)

Dave White: President of North West Cider Association & author of Old Time Cider blog (http://www.oldtimecider.com/)

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