Ciderboys Named Grand National Champ at U.S. Open Cider Championship


Stevens Point, WI (November 20, 2017) – Wisconsin’s Ciderboys Cider Co. was named Grand National Champion by winning two Gold Medals, one Silver Medal, and two Bronze Medals at the 3rd annual U.S. Open Cider Championship held in Upstate New York. The Gold Medal winners are Ciderboys Strawberry Magic in the Fruit and Berry Category and Ciderboys Mad Bark in the Spiced Cider Category.

The 2017 U.S. Open Cider Championship received submissions from cideries, wineries, and breweries from Washington state to the United Kingdom, including Ace, Angry Orchard, Virtue, and Woodchuck. Over 240 ciders were entered across 20 different styles. Ciderboys took home medals for:

The final round of judging was held in Buffalo, New York. It consisted of judges from Niagara College Teaching Winery, Niagara College Teaching Brewery, and cideries in the Niagara area. Judging in the U.S. Open Cider Championships was blind, and the judges did not know what ciders they were tasting.

Ciderboys increased its medal performance this year with five wins, up from two Bronze in 2016. According to Julie Birrenkott, Ciderboys’ Marketing Manager, “It’s thrilling to win five medals this year. We strive for innovation and quality every day at Ciderboys, so improving over the 2016 results reflects just that. We’re also honored to be named at the top among some of the best, most creative hard cider makers out there.”

Ciderboys Cider Co.

Ciderboys Hard Ciders blend unexpected fresh fruit flavors with apple cider. Ciderboys’ year-round products are First Press, a traditional hard cider; Strawberry Magic, a blend of apples and fresh strawberries; and British Dry, an English-style dry cider.

Ciderboys also produces six seasonal hard ciders: Grand Mimosa, a winter cider made with succulent California oranges; fall seasonal Cranberry Road, a pairing of apple cider and cranberries; spring seasonal Raspberry Smash, alive with the tartness of raspberries; summer seasonal Pineapple Hula, made with fresh Hawaiian pineapple; summer seasonal Peach County, combining pure peach flavor with apple cider; and winter seasonal Mad Bark, made with natural cinnamon.

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