Iowa cidery brings a gold medal back from an international championship
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An Iowa cidery recently took home the gold medal from an international competition held in Michigan.
Jefferson County Ciderworks' New American ciders were honored in the recent Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), the largest such event in the world held in Grand Rapids.
Medals were awarded to six of the company’s different ciders, including a gold medal for in the spiced cider category for Ciderworks' flagship cider, Hibiscus Rose. Judges also selected five additional Jeffco ciders to receive honors.
Hibiscus Rose is a semi-dry cider made with hibiscus leaves, whole rosehips, rose water, and apples. It has earthy tannins and bright, floral flavors.
“We like to use ingredients to enhance the qualities of the cider itself, and marry those flavors with the apples in a way that makes something exciting and delicious to drink,” Jesse Narducci, cidermaker for Jefferson County Ciderworks, said. “It’s a real honor that our Rose Cider was given this top award.” Hibiscus Rose is emblematic of cidermaker Jesse Narducci’s approach to cidermaking, the release said.
Jeffco touts Hibiscus Rose as a summery alternative to wine and beer for its tartness and blush of rosé, with a dry, slightly fizzy finish.
Five other Jefferson County Ciderworks beverages took home awards. Bits of Brett, a modern dry cider, and the wood-aged Oaked Sour Cherry, each received silver medals. Bronze medals were awarded to Lemon Lavender, OG Apple, and Tropical Pineapple.
The award-winning ciders are currently available in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans from retailers across Iowa including numerous Hy-Vee locations.
Lemon-Lavender is one of the first special release flavors featured in Ciderworks’ new line of canned ciders, which debuted earlier this year. Tropical Pineapple is also currently available as a seasonal selection.
The GLINTCAP honors are the latest in a string of awards for Jefferson County Ciderworks, which was named 2018 Cider Establishment of the Year for the Midwest region at CiderCon, the annual conference hosted by the U.S. Association of Cider Makers.
Founded in 2013 by native Iowans Jesse Narducci and Katie Greenfield, Jefferson County Ciderworks is one of the largest and most award-winning cider operations in the state, which its own production facility, taproom, food truck, and wholesale kegged- and canned-cider distribution.
Jefferson County Ciderworks
- Location: 1839 200th St, Fairfield
- Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.; closed Sunday-Wednesday.
- Contact: (641) 451-4323; cider.work; Facebook