We are pleased to advise that Gary Awdey joins the 2013 Australian Cider Awards as our guest judge.

Gary Awdey is president of the US Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association. He was also a member of the working group that wrote the BJCP cider style guidelines now used in the majority of American competitions. Gary has been judging cider in international competitions since 2004. His ciders have taken several notable awards in international competitions in the US, England and Australia . Gary has presented sensory evaluation workshops across much of the US. A cidermaker with a keen interest in both traditional and modern techniques, Gary worked with cidermakers across the US, Canada, England, Wales, Australia, and New Zealand from 2004 to 2006 in collaborative trials of enzyme-assisted keeving. He has recently relocated to the state of Indiana and is establishing an orchard of traditional European and historic American cider apples and perry pears and plans to establish an estate cidery.

Max Allen and Neal Cameron  will again be a part of the judging panel.

Max Allen. Max is an award-winning wine writer, wine and cider judge and backyard cider maker. Wine columnist for The Weekend Australian and wine editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine, he has been judging at Australian wine shows since 1995, most recently as Chief Judge at both the Alternative Varieties Wine Show and the Organic Wine Show, and has been judging cider for magazines and competitions since 2007. He is the editor of the recently published Australian Cider Guide and is researching a book about cider in Australia.

Neal Cameron. Neal is the Head Brewer and Cider Maker for The Australian Brewery in Sydney.  He is a regular contributor to magazines and books on all matters beer & cider as well as running his own consultancy.  A regular beer & cider judge around the country, Neal has just been appointed Chief Judge at the Royal Sydney Beer & Cider competition.