Springdale’s Black Apple makes list of top 10 cideries

Black Apple co-owners Leo Orpin (left) and Trey Holt (Black Apple Hard Cider)

Springdale’s Black Apple Hard Cider was recently recognized as one of the top 10 cideries at the 2023 U.S. Open Cider Championship.

The 9th annual competition included over 240 entries from cideries, wineries, and breweries from Canada to California, representing 29 different styles, according to a news release.

Overall, Black Apple was ranked No. 4.

Leo Orpin, one of Black Apple’s co-founders, said he was thrilled to be recognized alongside such well-established cider regions.

“Representing our home state of Arkansas against traditional cider states such as Vermont and Washington, in what is known in cider circles as one of the most prestigious cider competitions in the country is no small feat,” said Orpin. “We are proud of our team and look to continue producing great cider in its natural state.”

Vermont Cider Company was named first overall. The Middlebury-based company owns the popular Woodchuck Hard Cider brand, along with Widers Cider and Magners Irish Cider.

Thornbury Craft Company from Ontario placed second while Glacial Till Vineyard & Winery from Nebraska was third.

The first round of blind-taste judging was held in Welland, Ontario, with the final round taking place at the U.S. Open Event Center in Oxford, Ohio.

Top 10 Cideries at the U.S. Open Cider Championship

1. Vermont Cider Co. – Vermont
2. Thornbury Craft Co. – Ontario
3. Glacial Till Winery – Nebraska
4. Black Apple Hard Cider – Arkansas
5. Ciderboys Cider Co. – Wisconsin
6. Schilling Cider – Washington
7. Incline Cider – Washington
8. Bold Rock Hard Cider – North Carolina
9. Bent Ladder Cider – Ohio
10. Cider Corps – Arizona

Source: U.S. Open Cider Championships