The purpose of the Drink Outside the Grape Competition is to allow “sibling beverages” to grape wine, i.e. fruit wine, mead, cider/perry and fruit brandy (eaux-de-vie), to be evaluated in their own classes, by broad-minded industry professionals who are not biased by grape wine models.
Also, this competition excludes standard (non-blended) grape wines, to avoid comparisons to these other categories, and provides a level playing field for each category to compete within itself (in specialized classes), so that each category, and class, gets a fair evaluation.
The explosion of the regional craft beverage industry across the U.S. and the world shows the popularity of these categories; mead and cider are currently the fastest-growing categories of (low) alcoholic beverages. Drink Outside the Grape provides the means for them to be evaluated in a fair way.
- Entries are judged in their own categories and grouped by residual sugar.
- Besides Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals there are awards for Best of State/Province and Best of Category.
- Competition awards help give fruit wine, cider and mead the legitimacy they deserve, in their own right as quality craft beverages.
Deadline for entries is July 30th; shipping arrival deadline is August 1st, and the judging is August 8th. For more information and online entry, visit http://www.drinkoutsidethegrape.com