Judging of the Australian Cider Awards 2011 took place on Thursday 15th September at the Orange Agricultural Institute. Results were announced that night during the Awards dinner to an enthusiastic gathering at the Old Convent, Borenore.

The major winners were:

BEST IN SHOW

Henney’s Cider Co of Herefordshire UK – “Henney’s Dry Cider” (entered by Phoenix Beers of Perth, West Australia)

Henney’s Dry Cider was placed first in Class 1 – Dry Cider SG up to 1005 – and was adjudged the Best in Show.

 

BEST AUSTRALIAN CIDER

CUB – Matilda Bay – “Dirty Granny” (entered via Liquid Ideas, Sydney)

Dirty Granny was placed first in Class 10 – Medium Cider – and was adjudged the Best Australian Cider

 

BEST AUSTRALIAN PERRY

This Award was shared between entries from

The Hills Cider Company, Pear/Perry (Class 6) and

Napoleone & Co Pear Cider Traditionelle (Class 8).

 

See link below for complete results:

Results: Australian Cider Awards 2011

 

For two interesting reviews of the Cider Awards and Presentation Dinner see:

Siobhan Curran’s website “Cooking From the Heart”

 Cider Awards Presentation Dinner – Siobhan Curran

 

and Pamela Harrison “Life A L’Orange”

Cider Awards Presentation Dinner – Pamela Harrison 

 

There are various press articles about the Cider Awards. Items from judges Willie Simpson (The Age – 27th Sep 2011) and Max Allen (The Weekend Australian – 22/23 Oct 2011) can be accessed via the links below:

Willie Simpson – She’s apples in Orange

Max Allen – Cider House Rules

Max’s article also has a video clip reviewing some of the ciders.