Jay Kenney - Cider Maker

Clear Fork Cider began in 2016 as a partnership between Karl Kister and Jay Kenney until 2019, when Karl left to focus more time on filmmaking and apple growing. Between them, Karl and Jay manage more than 800 apple trees in Golden, Applewood, Crawford and Lewis, Colorado. Jay has been pressing apples for more than 25 years and made cider in his basement for 10 years before taking the plunge into Clear Fork Cider, which is named for the Clear Fork of the Gunnison River near Crawford, where he owns an old, historic farmhouse orchard with more than 35 old trees, only two of which he can identify. He holds a certificate in cider making from Peter Mitchell and the National Association of Cider Makers, a certificate in GIS and a J.D. from the University of Denver, and at the cidery manages all aspects of cider making.

Rob Bayless - Director of Operations


Rob grew up drinking Jay’s not so hard cider and joined Clear Fork Cider in 2019 as the cidery transitioned from a space shared with a 25 foot camper to a dedicated tasting room and production facility in Wheat Ridge. Rob focuses on the operation of the tasting room as well as improving the production process so Clear Fork Cider can find its way to even more cider lovers. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA in Supply Chain & Financial Management. Outside of the “office” he is an avid runner, skier and breakfast burrito connoisseur.

His favorite cider is Pitt’s Bitter.

Rodeo - Squirrel Task Force (Lead)


Consults on tree based mammal issues and is an active seeker of sunny lounge spots. He is always ready to go, regardless of destination, but prefers long walks and hikes. He’s not yet old enough to have a favorite cider.