Ontario Craft Cider Brings Home The Hardware

The Ontario Craft Cider Association is thrilled to announce the results from the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) that took place this past weekend in Michigan. Members took home a total of 43 medals, including 8 gold, 13 silver and 22 bronze, an increase of 18 medals over last year�s showing. Ontario�s West Avenue Cider brought home two Best in Class awards and four gold medals at this year�s event.

 

Tasting our way through many heirloom and European cider apples. #ciderdays

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West Avenue Cider is a small batch cidery that uses only %100 Ontario-grown heritage apples varieties. Founded by British-born cider maker Chris Haworth and his wife Amy Robson. Haworth�s cultural roots have inspired West Avenue�s year-round staple ?Heritage Dry” — which won Best Cider in Ontario in 2014. He is a former chef and uses the skills and palatte he gained in kitchens to craft limited release barrel-aged, cask-conditioned and one-off, experimental ciders.

?Once again Ontario Craft Cider members have shown what Ontario apples and precision craftsmanship can do on an international stage.  Our cider makers are quickly establishing Ontario as one of the best regions in the world to make great cider,? said Thomas Wilson, Chair, OCCA.  ?In a few weeks, Ontario cider drinkers will have a chance to taste some of these award-winning ciders when Ontario Cider Week comes to a bar near them.?

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You can try some of these ciders during next month’s Ontario Craft Cider Week. Between may 27th and June 4th, restaurants, ciders and events will be popping with cool, one-off events across the province.

The flagship event, entitled Apple Seed Cider Fest, is scheduled for May 29th at Artscape Wychwood Barns. You can taste your way through ciders from Beaver Valley Orchard & Cidery, Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery, County Cider, Ironwood Hard Cider, KW Craft Cider, Pommies, Revel Cider Co., Shiny Apple Cider, Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, Thornbury Cider, Ernest Cider and of course, this year’s big GLINTCAP winner, West Avenue Cider Company.

In the meantime, join the craft cider revolution by tagging #OCCW16 or #ONTCIDER on your tweets and photos!


Here is a full list of Ontario awarded medals: 

Gold

  • Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery � Beaver Valley Flagship Cider � New World Cider � Heritage
    Spirit Tree Estate Cidery � Spirit Tree Draught Cider � English Cider
  • Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House � Hammer Bent Original � New World Cider � Modern
  • Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House � Hammer Bent Red � New World Cider � Modern
  • West Avenue Cider � Wild Oak � Wood Aged Cider and Perry
  • West Avenue Cider � Bleuet Sauvage � Specialty Cider and Perry
  • West Avenue Cider � Cherry Beach � Specialty Cider and Perry
    West Avenue Cider � North by West � Ice Cider

 Silver

  • KW Craft Cider � KW Craft Cider � New World Cider � Modern
  • KW Craft Cider � Cranberry Cider � Fruit Cider
  • KW Craft Cider � Spiced Cider � Spiced Cider
    KW Craft Cider � Hot Ginger Cider � Specialty Cider and Perry
  • Pommies Cider Co. � Pommies Perry � New World Perry
  • Shiny Apple Cider � Shiny Apple Pinot Noir Cider � Specialty Cider and Perry
    The County Cider Company � Waupoos Draft Cider � New World Cider � Modern
  • The County Cider Company � A Tortured Path � New World Cider � Heritage
  • The County Cider Company � County Pear Cider � Fruit Cider
  • Thornbury Village Cidery � Thornbury Premium Apple Cider � New World Cider � Modern
  • Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House � Hammer Bent Old World � English Cider
  • West Avenue Cider � Barrett Fuller�s Secret � Wood Aged Cider and Perry
    West Avenue Cider � The Catalyst � Specialty Cider and Perry

Bronze

  • Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery � Beaver Valley Dry Pear Cider � New World Perry
  • Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery � Beaver Valley Bumbleberry Cider � Fruit Cider
    Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery � Beaver Valley Cranberry Cider � Fruit Cider
  • Ironwood Hard Cider � Lakeshore Fresh Hopped Cider � Hopped/Herbal Cider
    Pommies Cider Co. � Pommies Apple Ridge Estate Cider � New World Cider � Modern
  • Pommies Cider Co. � Pommies Cider � New World Cider � Modern
  • Pommies Cider Co. � Pommies Farmhouse Cider � New World Cider � Modern
  • Revel Cider Company � Liquid Gold � New World Cider � Modern
  • Revel Cider Company � Spirit of the Woods � Hopped/Herbal Cider
  • Shiny Apple Cider � Shiny Apple Cider � New World Cider � Modern
  • Shiny Apple Cider � Shiny Apple Perry � New World Perry
    Shiny Apple Cider � Shiny Apple Peach Cider � Fruit Cider
    Shiny Apple Cider � Shiny Apple Wine � Applewine
    Shiny Apple Cider � Shiny Apple Peach and Hibiscus � Specialty Cider and Perry
    Spirit Tree Estate Cidery � Spirit Tree Winter Bliss New England Cider � New England Cider
    Spirit Tree Estate Cidery � Spirit Tree Dry Hopped Cider � Hopped/Herbal Cider
    The County Cider Company � Prince Edward County Barrel Aged Ice Cider � 2013  � Ice Cider
  • Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House � Hammer Bent Old World � English Cider
  • Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House � Hammer Bent Traditional Apple Pear � Fruit Cider
    Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House � Crack Willow � Applewine
  • West Avenue Cider � Heritage Dry � New World Cider � Modern
  • West Avenue Cider � Cherriosity � Fruit CiderGLINTCAP is organized by The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, a not-for-profit organization formed to showcase and promote fermented apple and pear beverages. The competition took place on April 22-24, 2016, and this year had 1,003 entries in total.

 

About the Ontario Craft Cider Association (OCCA):
The Ontario Craft Cider Association is an association of over 20 cider producers in Ontario. The OCCA�s mission is to ensure that Ontario is recognized as a centre for cider excellence and innovation. Ontario craft cider producers use only 100 percent juice from Ontario apples and bring many benefits to all of rural Ontario, from Windsor to Ottawa, Collingwood to Prince Edward County and everywhere in between. Ontario is the ideal place to grow apples. Find us online at www.ontariocraftcider.com, on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.   

 

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