2022 U.S. Open Cider Championship Medal Winners
In the eighth annual U.S. Open Cider Championship, Cideries, wineries, and breweries from Washington State to France entered over 290 ciders representing 25 different styles for the 2022 U.S. Open Cider Championship. The first round of judging was held at the Big Ditch Brewing Company in Buffalo, New York. The final round of judging was held in snowy Oxford, Ohio. The judges were from Niagara College Teaching Winery, Niagara College Teaching Brewery, and cideries in the Niagara area. Judging in the U.S. Open Cider Championships is blind, and the judges do not know what ciders they are tasting.
Ciderboys Cider Co. from Stevens Point, Wisconsin was named Grand National Champion by winning three gold medals and a bronze. They became the first 2-time Grand National Champion at the U.S. Open Cider Championship. Their gold medal winners were: Ciderboys Strawberry Magic, Ciderboys Peach County, and Ciderboys Pineapple Hula.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard from Sagaponack, New York placed second while Glacial Till Vineyard & Winery in Palmyra, Nebraska, and Five Maidens Cider Company in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania tied for third overall. And big congrats to 2 Towns Ciderhouse for winning 5 medals, more than any other cidery,
Top 10 Cider Names:
Don’t Be An Apphole – KingView Mead, Wine & Cider – Pennsylvania
HowBout DemApples – Missing Falls Brewery – Ohio
THE BUNG IS TOO BIG – Five Maidens Cider Company – Pennsylvania
Beginnings Without End Cider – Angry Orchard – New York
Jungle Juice Cider – Avid Cider – Oregon
Tropical Cosmic Crisp – 2 Towns Ciderhouse – Oregon
Orange U an IPA – Urban Tree Hard Cider – Georgia
Cranny Granny – d’s Wicked Cider – Washington
Unicorn Fuel – Bryant’s Cider – Virginia
Hopped & Hazy Cider – Union Hill Cider – Washington
Cardinal Sin – Broski Ciderworks – Florida