U.S. Open Cider & Beverage Championships

Oxford, Ohio (September) – Registration fo the 2021 U.S. Open Cider and Beverage Championships. Ciders and Beverages must be registered by October 18. This year, American and importer’s cider 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 ciders. Entry fee will be $75 per cider. Entry Forms and Rules can be found on the competition website under registration. Winners will be announced November 22, 2021.

Beverage makers can register Hard Seltzers, Hard Kombucha and Soft Drinks. Each producer may enter a maximum of 10 Hard Seltzers and/or 10 Hard Kombuchas. Entry fee will be $75 per beverage. Winners will also be announced November 22, 2020.

The U.S. Open Cider Competition works with the Niagara College Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery. Our judges come from England, Canada and the United States.

2021 U.S. Open Cider Categories
1. Modern Cider
    a) Sweet
    b) Dry
2. Heritage Cider
    a) Sweet
    b) Dry
3. Traditional Cider
    a) English
    b) French
4. Natural Cider
5. Perry
    a) Modern
    b) Traditional
6. Fruit Cider
7. Pineapple Cider
8. Peach
9. Cherry Cider
10. Cranberry
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
24. Sangrias

Hard Seltzer Categories
1. Fruit
2. Berry
3. Herb
4. Orange
5. Lemon-Lime
6. Lemon/Lemonaide
7. Raspberry
8. Mango
9. POG(passion fruit-orange-guava)
10. Anything – Goes

Hard Kombucha
1. Fruit
2. Orange
3. Herb & Spice  
4. Ginger  
5. Berry  
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:

  1. Kiwi Herman Cider – Xaiko Beverages
  2. Drunk in Love Cider – Dingo Dog Brewing
  3. Crispy Crab Cider – Contoocook Cider
  4. Unicorn Fuel – Bryant’s Cider
  5. Reaper of the dragon – Cigar City Cidery and Mead
  6. Babe Magnet Cider – Diskin Cider
  7. I am Brut – Green Bench Brewing
  8. Troppi Poppi Cider – d’s Wicked Cider
  9. ACE Black Jack 21 – California Cider
  10. Midwest Mojo – Bent Ladder

CLICK HERE – 2020 U.S. Open Cider Championship Medal Winners

2020 U.S. Open Beverage Championship
Beverage makers entered Hard Seltzers, Hard Kombucha and Soft Drinks for the first U.S. Open Beverage Championship.
Click Here for 2020 U.S. Open Beverage Championship Medal Winners