The 13th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition was held on Friday, November 13, 2009, in Providence, Rhode Island, one day
before the 16th Annual Great International Beer Festival. Festivals of America produced both events. New England beer newspaper
Yankee Brew News was the media sponsor of the competition.
Two hundred forty-seven beers and ciders from 53 breweries and cideries representing 15 states and four foreign countries entered
the competition. Forty-five professional brewers and beer industry journalists acted as judges in a blind tasting format. First, second
and third place awards were presented in 20 categories of ales, lagers and ciders. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider.