Thank you for registering your entries in the 15th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). The next step is to prepare your entries for shipment.
Samples must arrive at a designated collection point no later than the close of business on Friday, May 1st.
Please note that neither GLINTCAP nor the collection points are equipped to confirm receipt of each shipment. We will notify you by email if your package is visibly damaged upon arrival, but otherwise you must rely on the courier’s tracking information to confirm that your shipment has arrived.
US and Overseas entrants should use the following shipping address:
505 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
If you wish to deliver your entries in person, Vander Mill is accepting entries Monday-Thursday from 4pm-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 11am-9pm.
Canadian entrants should use the following shipping address:
Twin Pines Orchard
8169 Kennedy Line
Thedford, Ontario N0M 2N0
Canadian entrants can contact Mark Vansteenkiste at [email protected] for more information if needed.
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.
Entry Form and Bottle Labels
All entrants should print the GLINTCAP 2020 Entry Confirmation PDF form that is attached to the confirmation email and include it with your shipment. Please check your spam folder if this message did not appear in your inbox. If necessary, email [email protected] and request a PDF copy of your entry form.
If more than one box of entries is being shipped, include a copy of the Entry Confirmation form in each box. Do not split bottles/cans of the same entry into multiple boxes. Keep a record of which entries are associated with which tracking number, in case a box is damaged in transit and it becomes necessary to ship replacement samples.
If you decide not to ship one or more of your entries, please notify us immediately. Entries not shipped are a common cause of handling errors for your other entries.
Commercial Division Labels
Commercial entrants do not need a GLINTCAP-specific label for their bottles or cans. It is not necessary to remove any commercial labels that are already on the bottle or can, and the label does not have to be approved by the FDA, TTB, or other government entity. At a minimum, it must be obvious to our staff what the name of the producer is and what the name of the product is.
If the product lacks a proper label, attach a handwritten label to the bottle or can with strong, clear adhesive tape. (Do not use a rubber band, glue, or other adhesives.) Samples that arrive without labels will not be judged.
Noncommercial Division Labels
Noncommerical entrants should use the BJCP Bottle Identification Form. Print as many copies as needed so that each bottle has its own form. Attach the form to the bottle with a strong rubber band. (Do not use tape, glue, or other adhesives.)
How to Pack and Ship Beers for Competition is an illustrated guide that is highly useful, especially for noncommercial entrants. The information is equally applicable to shipping cider. Our staff has found that bubble wrap is far more effective than packing peanuts or other loose fill packing materials in preventing breakage. If you must use packing peanuts, please enclose them in plastic bags.
It is not against any federal laws to ship your entries via a privately-owned shipping company for analytical purposes. It may be best to schedule a pickup from your home or place of business, as staff members at The UPS Store, FedEx Office, and similar stores may refuse to ship your package.
It is illegal to ship alcoholic beverages via the US Postal Service, even for analytical purposes.
If you have questions or need to make changes to your entry registration, please email Competition Director Eric West at [email protected] as soon as possible to explain the situation.
Best of luck in this year’s judging!