Cider Categories Added at International Brewing Awards
Food and Drink Digital.
Our managing editor Kristin is crazy about cider, and she's
always fighting to convert the masses that cider is the superior
beverage. We keep telling her to rest assured that the rest of the
world will soon catch up, and that this year is cider's time to
shine. What gives us that idea? It could have something to do with
a gut feeling, or it could have something to do with the fact that
we keep seeing quality cider companies starting to pop up
at beer festivals and food events. Here's yet another
point which has us thinking that cider's comeuppance is more than
just a hunch: today the International Brewing Awards announced that
it will be adding two new categories for ciders at its 2013
According to the release, the new categories were added as a
response to a markedly rising interest in ciders and requests from
brewers and cidermakers who wish to compete. The two categories
added are specifically apple cider, and then cider incorporating
other fruits, juices, or flavors. This brings the total number of
categories judged up to eleven, and chair of judges Bill Taylor
notes that this wasn't a decision that was arrived at lightly.
"The judging committee thought long and hard before introducing
the cider categories," said Taylor in the press release. "We
believe the introduction of cider reflects market changes and
maintains links with the traditions of the competition, which
originally included beverages other than beer. The International
Brewing Awards hold a unique reputation within the global brewing
industry and we needed to be completely sure that any changes will
preserve the integrity and relevance of the competition."
Do you brew a delicious cider (or know of someone else who
does)? Those interested can register to compete at the International
Brewing Awards website starting on August 1.