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Specialty Cider and Perry

Specialty Cider and Perry is an open-ended category for cider or perry with added ingredients or special processes that do not fit an existing category. A cider or perry that combines elements of two or more categories—such as a cider with added fruit and added hops—is best entered in this category. A cider or perry with added sweeteners (such as honey or molasses) may be entered here so long as the cider or perry character remains dominant.


The cider character must always be present, and must fit with added ingredients.


Clear to brilliant. Color should be that of a Standard Cider unless other ingredients are expected to contribute color.


Average body, may show tannic (astringent) or heavy body as determined by other ingredients.

Entry Instructions

Entrants must list all ingredients added to the cider or perry (fruits, hops, spices, etc.) and describe any special production methods in the Additional Information section.

Vital Statistics

ABV: 5 – 12%