Entry Fees and Requirements
February 7 – February 29: $65 per entry
March 1 – April 3: $75 per entry
April 4 – April 24: $85 per entry [US Entrants Only]
February 7 – February 29: $20 per entry
March 1 – April 3: $22.50 per entry
April 4 – April 24: $25 per entry [US Entrants Only]
Entry registration will close on Friday, April 3rd at 11:59pm EDT for international entrants. Entry registration will close on Friday, April 24th at 11:59pm EDT for domestic entrants. No entries will be accepted after these deadlines.
To accommodate “in planning” entrants who may wish to become commercially licensed, any entrant who desires to enter the Commercial Division under an assumed business name may do so.
The entrant must pay all customs, duty, and shipping fees.
Entrants who request a refund of their entry fees while the registration window is open are entitled to a 100% refund. Entrants who request a refund after the registration window is closed are entitled to a 75% refund.
All entries become the property of the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. Any portion of the entries remaining after announcement of awards will be disposed of by the Competition.
Entries in the Standard Styles must contain a minimum apple or pear juice content of 85%. The Competition reserves the unrestricted right to submit Standard Styles entries for laboratory analysis to verify juice content. Standard Styles entries found to be made from less than 85% juice will have their awards rescinded. Entries in the Specialty Styles—including Unlimited Cider and Perry—are exempt from testing.
Please submit three (3) cans or bottles for each entry. Note that we cannot accept cans or bottles less than 330ml (11.1 ounces).
For Ice Cider and Fortified Cider entries in bottles that are 375ml or larger, please submit two (2) of each bottle.
For Ice Cider and Fortified Cider entries in bottles that are at least 187ml but less than 375ml, please submit three (3) of each bottle.
For Spirits entries, the total volume submitted must be at least 375ml. One (1) bottle is sufficient if it is at least 375ml.
Please submit two (2) cans or bottles for each entry. Note that we cannot accept cans or bottles less than 330ml (11.1 ounces).
Ice Cider entries may be submitted in bottles as small as 187ml. Two (2) bottles per entry are required, regardless of volume.
All judging will be conducted using “blind” panels. Each entry will be identified by a randomly-assigned registration number. Judges will see only 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 processes used in production.
All Commercial Division entries will be poured out of sight of judges and identified only by registration number. Noncommercial Division entries will be poured by the judges themselves and identified only by registration number.
Judges will be a combination of cider industry professionals, cider experts, sensory analysis experts, experienced BJCP and non-BJCP judges, and select members of the media.
Best in Class Awards
The top three entries in each Primary judging flight (typically 10-12 entries) will advance to Best in Class judging. These are the award classes for 2020:
Commercial Division — 20 Classes
Modern Cider – Dry
Modern Cider – Sweet
Heritage Cider – Dry
Heritage Cider – Sweet
Traditional Cider – Dry
Traditional Cider – Sweet
Wood Aged Cider
Wood Aged Specialty Cider
Specialty Cider and Perry
Unlimited Cider and Perry
Noncommercial Division — 5 Classes
Traditional Cider, Natural Cider, or Rosé Cider
Perry (Modern Perry or Traditional Perry)
Specialty Cider (all Specialty Styles plus Ice Cider)
Judges will award a First Place, Second Place, and Third Place in each class at their discretion. Any entry that earns a Best in Class award is also awarded a Gold Medal, regardless of the medal score assigned by the Primary judge panel.
If a Best in Class judge panel detects a serious flaw during their evaluation (such as mousiness), that entry will be referred to a Secondary judging panel. The Secondary panel will thoroughly re-evaluate the entry, complete a new scoresheet, and assign a new score that takes the place of the score assigned by the Primary panel.
Use of Competition Awards in Marketing
Use of any award in a misleading way may result in that award being rescinded and the offending producer being barred from future competitions. Producers are responsible for ensuring that distributors, retailers, and restaurants use awards in advertising and marketing in accordance with competition rules. Failure to maintain proper control of the use of these awards may also result in the award being rescinded and in ineligibility to compete in future competitions.
Feedback is supplied to aid producers in understanding how ciders were perceived by judges and what the relative strengths and weaknesses were perceived to be. Individual judges’ comments are not to be quoted for marketing purposes without the express prior approval of the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition.
The Competition wishes to encourage experimentation and help producers discover their strengths. Consequently, entries from trial batches are permitted. However, awards made to entries from trial batches may not be referenced by the producer or its distributors and retailers for marketing purposes without the express prior approval of the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. Trial batches are defined as those that represent less than 100 gallons (US) or less than 1% of total production—whichever represents the greater volume—or batches that are not available for sale to the public.