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27th March, 2018

Award winning Educator and Advocate, Gabe Cook, aka The Ciderologist, has taken the competition in hand, with a view to making it one of the premier international cider events.

The global cider category is currently experiencing faster growth and greater excitement than at any time previously”, he says.

Around the world, cider and perry is made using different methods, and different varieties of apples and pears, depending on the country, and its culture and heritage. This competition seeks to celebrate this range of styles and diversity and showcase some of the finest drinks on the planet.”

Gabe, who comes from the village of Dymock in Gloucestershire, has identified six main styles of cider:

  • West Country style cider
  • French style cider
  • Spanish style cider (sidra naturale)
  • Acid dominant cider
  • Bottle conditioned cider
  • Flavoured cider

The categories for this year’s competition have been expanded to incorporate a greater level of detail and rigour, so that ciders and perries can be compared against each other ‘like for like’”, he explains.

This ensures that judging is fair and accurate. Guidelines for judging have been established and four judges with great experience of the global cider category, and a strong knowledge of varying styles from different nations, have been selected.”

Last year’s competition attracted entries from countries as diverse as Canada, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, the USA and France. Taking away the trophy for Best in Show in 2017 was Angry Orchard, from Walden, New York, who have achieved success at other European cider competitions over the last 12 months.


Full details of the competition are available on the British Cider Championships website, under Competitive Entries.

The closing date for entries is April 17.

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Gabe Cook, The Ciderologist (image by Bill Bradshaw)

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