Grand Rapids Cider Week crafts name for statewide industry

A Michigan-made hard cider competition that’s said to be the world’s largest will be the featured event during Grand Rapids Cider Week this month.

The Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition, or GLINTCAP, will celebrate its 10th year on April 10-12, and the newly formed Michigan Cider Association wants people to know about, said GLINTCAP Director Eric West.

The association wants to “capitalize on cider in Michigan the way Denver has with the Great American Beer Festival,” West said.

“It’s just following that model,” he said. “The competition anchors the week, and we worked with the association to get some outward-facing events to help make it more of a happening event.”

The scene

Michigan is a large hard cider producer and ranks near the top with the Pacific Northwest, Colorado and New York.

As far as apples are concerned, Michigan ranks No. 3, just behind New York and Washington.

To help drive awareness of the industry and help with regulatory concerns, the Michigan Cider Association was formed by a group of cider makers from Spring Lake’s Vander Mill, Suttons Bay’s Tandem Ciders and Ada’s Sietsema Cider.

The Grand Rapids area is home to several cider makers along with Sietsema, such as People’s Cider Co. and Hudsonville’s Farmhaus Cider. Vander Mill also announced a major expansion with a Grand Rapids facility. View full article >

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