Entry Registration

Updated February 7

If the number of emails I’ve received is any indication, this will be another record-breaking year for entries at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition! This year’s judging will take place April 19-22 at the Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown. Registration is not yet open, but here’s a quick update.

Entry Fees
Entry fees will remain the same as in 2016. The entry fee for the Commercial Division will be $60 per entry. The entry fee for for the Noncommercial Division will be $20 per entry. To accommodate the increasing number of “in planning” entrants who are actively pursuing the goal of becoming commercially licensed, any entrant who wishes to enter the Commercial Division may do so under an assumed business name.

Bottle Requirements
The number of bottles required will also remain the same as in 2016. For most style categories, if the package size is 22oz/650ml or more, then two (2) bottles are required. If the package size is less than 22oz/650ml, then three (3) bottles are required. Fewer bottles are required for certain style categories such as ice cider, pommeau, and spirits. Cans are also an accepted package format. Bottle labels must clearly show the name of the entrant and the entry. Labels do not have to be approved by the TTB or other regulatory agency.

Style Guidelines
We are currently revising and updating our style categories and guidelines, which is why entry registration has not yet opened. Once these changes have been finalized and our online registration system has been updated, I will send out another announcement. The deadline for registering your entries will be Friday March 31. The deadline for samples to be received at our collection point in Grand Rapids will be Friday April 7.

Separate Divisions, Same Flights
One major shift in the way our judging is conducted is that Commercial and Noncommercial samples will now be combined in the same flights. All samples will be poured out of sight of our judges, not just the Commercial samples. We have always judged entries from both divisions with the same scoresheet and 50-point scale, but this shift should further reduce any bias that judges may have in their assessment of the samples.

Best in Class Awards
Our Best in Class round was greatly expanded in 2016, with two classes judged in the Noncommercial Division and nine classes judged in the Commercial Division. (See GLINTCAP 2016 Best in Class Awards for last year’s winners.) The Best Show round will be expanded even further in 2017 to judge like-with-like to the greatest extent possible.

Call for Judges and Stewards
If you’re interested in judging or stewarding at this year’s competition, please visit our Volunteer page and complete the questionnaire. A tentative schedule of events is now available. We’ve already confirmed English cider experts Bill Bradshaw and Gabe Cook as judges for 2017, and look forward to announcing many more names on our Judges page in the weeks to come.

Cider Week Chicago
If you’ll be in Chicago this week for CiderCon, please stop by the Great Lakes Cider and Perry Association table in the trade show area. I’ll generally be away from the table while workshops are in session, so please look for me during breaks. And if you’re headed to Navy Pier on Saturday, you’ll be interested in my Cider Summit Chicago Tasting Guide. Products are loosely categorized by GLINTCAP style, and medal winners at past GLINTCAPs are indicated with our logo.

Thanks for your patience as we gear up for this year’s competition! Please email me at eric@ciderguide.com with any questions.

Eric West
Competition Director