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Date:May 16, 2017
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Canadian Cider Takes Top Prize At Dan Berger International Cider Awards

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(Santa Rosa, California)—“Bittersweet” from Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse in British Columbia took the Sweepstakes Award for best cider at the Second Annual Dan Berger International Cider Competition (DBICC). The traditional English style cider is produced from apples grown in the Sea Cider’s own orchards. The Sea Cider Bittersweet beat out nearly 200 other ciders entered into the competition held in Sonoma County, California on May 5th.

The DBICC also awarded Best of Class medals in the following categories:

Common Cider —Sweet
BROOKLYN CIDER HOUSE KINDA SWEET

Traditional Cider—Dry
EVE’S CIDERY 2015 DARLING CREEK

Spanish Style Cider
BEREZIATUA GOURMET EDITION

Herbed/Hopped/Spiced Cider
MARCH FIRST BREWING DRY HOPPED CIDER

Fruit Cider
FOXCRAFT HARD CIDER BLOOD ORANGE

Pear Cider
FOX CRAFT HARD CIDER PEAR

Dessert/Iced/Pommeau
2 TOWNS CIDEROUSE 2014 POMMEAU

The Sweepstakes Award Sea Cider Bittersweet is made from a selection of traditional bittersweet cider apples including Dabinett and Yarlington Mills. Off dry and rich in tannin, the Sea Cider Bittersweet impressed the judges with its rich yet balanced style and a complexity that results from use of well-cultivated traditional cider apples. Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse is located in Saanichton, British Columbia.

“We were thrilled by the diversity of styles of cider we saw at the competition this second year,” said Tom Wark, director of the DBICC. “No doubt this had much to do with the fact that we had entries from 20 different states and four different countries, which is a testament to the growing popularity of cider in the American marketplace.”

The DBICC strives to raise the visibility of the best ciders sold in the American marketplace. Founded by Dan Berger, the Dean of American wine competitions and directed by Tom Wark, publisher of The Cider Journal, the DBICC accepted entries in 12 categories that were judged by cider and orchard professionals.

All the medal winners can be viewed at http://www.dbiwc.com/results/cider/_2017_Resultslist.php

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