GRAND RAPIDS — Bee Well Meadery and the Winery at Black Star Farms each earned two Best in Class awards at the 14th annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) in Grand Rapids.
There were 1,584 entries in the competition. As a region, Michigan took home 142 medals to easily outdistancing New York (96), Washington (88), Ontario (83) and Colorado (80).
Bee Well Mead & Cider in Bellaire earned a second place in Best in Class among 53 entries in the Hopped Cider category with its Spy vs. Citra and a third place in Best in Class among 16 entries in Natural Cider with Over the Hill.
The Winery at Black Star Farms, in Suttons Bay and Old Mission Peninsula, earned both of its Best in Class awards among eight entries in Spirits. Black Star was second for Spirit of Pear and third with Spirit of Apple.
The GLINTCAP competition awarded 1,330 medals. Of the total medals awarded, 190 were gold, 559 silver and 581 bronze.
In addition to its gold medals for Best in Class winners, Bee Well won a silver in spiced cider (Apple Pie) and bronze medals in traditional cider — dry (London Calling) and fruit cider (Rambo, Part 1: First Blood). The Winery at Black Star Farms added a silver medal in fruit cider with BSF Apple Cherry Cider.
Two K Farms in Suttons Bay collected the most medals among local companies with eight, including a gold in heritage cider — dry (Norman). Two K Farms added four silver medals in heritage cider — dry (Arthur), specialty cider and perry (Colonnade), hopped cider (Hopp’D) and modern cider — sweet (Lee Pointe) and three bronzes in modern cider — sweet (Benjamin), wood aged cider (Cooper) and fruit cider (Sangria).
Left Foot Charley in Traverse City captured a gold in modern cider — sweet with Antrim County Hard Cider; and won two medals in modern cider — dry, taking silver with Henry’s Pippin, and bronze for The Cunning Ham.
Starcut Ciders, a division of Short’s Brewing in Bellaire and Elk Rapids, won a gold in heritage cider — dry with Pomace Cult, a silver medal in fruit cider (Mosa) and placed twice in unlimited cider and perry with Pulsar (silver medal) and Octorock (bronze).
45 North Vineyard & Winery in Suttons Bay took home silver medals in modern cider — dry (Fresh Coast), wood aged cider (Oakazie) and hopped cider (SingleTrack) and a bronze for RPM.
Suttons Bay Ciders collected silver medals in hopped cider (Mosaic) and fortified cider (Sweet Bay) and three bronze medals in spiced cider (I Spy Ginger and Sidra LaPeño) and modern cider — sweet (Smitten). Tandem Ciders of Suttons Bay won a silver medal in modern cider — sweet (Sunny Day) and claimed bronze in modern cider — sweet (Green Man) and modern cider — dry (The Crabster).
Townline Ciderworks in Williamsburg won four silver medals in hopped cider (Jaybird), rosé cider (Redfield Rosé), specialty cider and perry (Sandra Dee) and heritage cider — dry (South Farm Select Dry). Townline added a brionze in spiced cider with Cincinnati Kids.