Cider Competition Back for Second Year And Open For Entries

The second annual Dan Berger International Cider Competition is now accepting entries of ciders from around the world. After a successful inaugural cider competition in 2016 in which more than 250 ciders were entered into the competition, the 2017 judging is looking to attract an even wider array of the growing collection of craft ciders in the American marketplace.

Headed up by Dan Berger, the dean of American wine competitions, and Tom Wark, publisher of The Cider Journal, the cider judging seeks to draw attention to the remarkable quality and increased numbers of craft cider in the American marketplace. According to Nielsen, craft and local cideries increased sales in 2016 by more than 39%.

With the judging on May 5, cideries are invited to enter products currently available in the American marketplace at

The 2017 Dan Berger International Cider Competition takes place alongside its companion wine competition.
Ciders will be judged in 12 categories including:

– Common Cider (Made primarily with culinary apples)
– Traditional Cider (Made primarily with traditional cider apples)
– Single Varietal Cider (must be labeled as a single variety cider)
– Spanish Style Cider (Made in the style of Asturian/Basque cider)
– Dessert/Ice Cider (Including Pommeau and Apple Brandy)
– Fruit Cider: (Cider produced with additional or other fruits and Juices)
– Herbed/Hopped Cider (Cider produced with hops, herbs or spices)
– Wood Aged Cider
– Perry

Among the judges who will evaluate entries in this years Dan Berger International Cider Competition are:

• Tom Wark, The Cider Journal
• Bradley Gray, Cider Marketing Consultant
• Chad Frick, Orchardist, Vulture Hill Orchard
• Darlene Hayes, Cider Authority and Author
•Scott Heath, Cidermaker, Tilted Shed Ciderworks
• Jolie Devoto, Devoto Orchards and Cider

The competition is an ongoing project that celebrates the cider rennaisance in the United States and to draw attention to the stellar and inspiration examples of craft cider. There is an enthusiasm inside the American cider community that is expressed through the remarkable diversity of ciders from across the country and that is reflected in the ciders judged at this competition.

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