Oxford, Ohio (September) – Registration for the 2021 U.S. Open Cider and Hard Kombucha Championships are now open. Ciders and Hard Kombuchas must be registered by October 18. This year, American and importer’s entries will be sent to Oxford, Ohio(Just outside of Cincinnati). These entries will need to arrive between October 18th-23rd. Each producer may enter a maximum of 10 entries. Entry fee will be $75. Winners will be announced November 22, 2021.
Beverage makers can also register Hard Kombuchas . Each producer may enter a maximum of 10 Hard Kombuchas. Entry fee will be $75 per kombucha. Winners will also be announced November 22, 2020.
This year will be the first year of the Hard Seltzers Championship. Each producer may enter a maximum of 10 Hard Seltzers. Please enter at the U.S. Open Hard Seltzer Championship website: usopenhardseltzer.com
The U.S. Open Competitions works with the Niagara College Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery. Our judges come from England, Canada and the United States. The American entries will be judge at the new U.S. Open Event Center.
2021 U.S. Open Cider Categories
1. Modern Cider
2. Heritage Cider
3. Traditional Cider
4. Natural Cider
6. Fruit Cider
7. Pineapple Cider
9. Cherry Cider
11. Fruit and Berry Cider
12. Applewine & Iced Cider
13. Herbal Cider
14. Hopped Cider
15. Apple Pie Spiced Cider
16. Spiced Cider
17. Wood-Aged Cider and Perry
18. Specialty Cider and Perry
19. Anything Goes
20. Single Varietal Cider
22. Rose’ Ciders
23. Brut Ciders
3. Herb & Spice
6. Mix/Anything goes Kombucha
2020 U.S. Open Cider Championship Medal Winners
In the seventh annual U.S. Open Cider Championship, cideries, wineries and breweries from Hawaii to Spain entered over 250 ciders representing 25 different styles. The final round of judging was held in Oxford, Ohio. Judging in the U.S. Open Cider Championships is blind, and the judges do not know what ciders they were tasting.
Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was named Grand National Champion for winning two gold medals and two silver. Their gold medals were for their Event Blend and Grant’s Flying Pumpkin.
Heritage Estate Winery and Cidery from Barrie, Ontario placed second while Ciderboys from Stevens Point, Wisconsin took third. No cidery dominated the judging as 17 different cideries won Gold medals in 25 categories,
Top 10 Most Creative Cider Names The judges also named a “Judges Award” for the top ten “Most Creative Names.” Among the favorites:
- Kiwi Herman Cider – Xaiko Beverages
- Drunk in Love Cider – Dingo Dog Brewing
- Crispy Crab Cider – Contoocook Cider
- Unicorn Fuel – Bryant’s Cider
- Reaper of the dragon – Cigar City Cidery and Mead
- Babe Magnet Cider – Diskin Cider
- I am Brut – Green Bench Brewing
- Troppi Poppi Cider – d’s Wicked Cider
- ACE Black Jack 21 – California Cider
- Midwest Mojo – Bent Ladder