A HASELOR cider maker is celebrating this week having secured the top spot for both its medium cider and vintage perry at the biggest cider competition in America

Hogan’s Cider was awarded a gold medal for its perry in the traditional perry category at the ninth Annual Great Lakes Cider and Perry Competition and pipped 326 entries in the commercial division to the coveted “Best of Show - Highly Commended” accolade.

The company's Allen Hogan said: “Perry is a unique drink with a rich heritage. Labour-intensive and time-consuming to produce perry is a labour of love for craft producers like myself. To gain this level of recognition for this delightful, quintessentially English drink gives us great pleasure.”

This year’s Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association Competition (GLINTCAP), held in Michigan, drew more than 500 commercial and non-commercial entries from across the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

The company also won a gold medal for its medium cider in the English cider category with the dry bringing home a Bronze.

“We have had another fantastic year, our bottled ciders and perry continue to delight customers and judges and our recently released traditional ciders and perry are also proving to be very popular," added Mr Hogan.

Hogan’s Cider teamed up with US importers Shelton Brothers in 2010 and began exporting its cider and perry to the USA. The authentic taste of the English orchard is now being enjoyed from Nevada to Maryland and Chicago to Massachusetts.