Massachusetts Beverage Business


Beer & Cider Competitions

The 13th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition was held on November 13 in Providence, Rhode Island, one day before the 16th Annual Great International Beer Festival. Festivals of America produced both events. yankee brew news was the media sponsor of the competition. Two hundred forty-seven beers and ciders from 53 breweries and cideries representing 15 states and four foreign countries entered the competition. Forty-five professional brewers and beer industry journalists acted as judges in a blind tasting format. First, second and third place awards were presented in 2O categories of ales, lagers and ciders. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider. Since the competition began in 1997, over 2OOO beers and ciders have been judged. The awards were presented during the afternoon session of the beer festival, announced by yankee brew news editor Gregg Glaser. On the floor of the festival, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 75OO beer lovers were able to sample over 25O beers and ciders from approximately 1OO breweries.

Ron Gamble, head brewer at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Dave Richardson, head brewer at
Gardner Ale House in Gardner, Massachusetts, both won awards at the 13th Great International Beer Competition
held in November, 2OO9, in Providence, Rhode Island.

The 14th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition and the 17th Annual Great International Beer Festival will take place on November 12 and 13, 2O1O, in Providence. In addition, the 4th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival will take place on May 1, 2O1O, in Providence. Details are available at

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