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Clear Fork Cider


Hard cider made by medal winning cider makers and apple enthusiasts in Colorado

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Clear Fork Cider


Hard cider made by medal winning cider makers and apple enthusiasts in Colorado

Made From Apples

We find apples in old orchards around Colorado for the cider we make. The apples for our 2017 releases came from Lakewood, Lewis, Crawford, and Arriola, Colorado, some from hundred-year-old orchards, some from an orchard destined to be plowed under to make way for a housing development. We like apples from old, neglected orchards like those Montezuma County, near Cortez, where we work closely with a local non-profit to source juice from vintage and heirloom varieties to make our metaMORPhic Blend. We know precisely - down to the tree in some cases - where almost all of our apples come from, and probably picked most of them ourselves. We look for apples that are natural-- not sprayed, fertilized, or treated with pesticides. We add wild seedlings like Pitts' Bitter, Full Field Five, and Bitter Pew to the mix of dessert and cider-specific apples. Seedlings add spice, variety, and tannins.  Then we make cider the way it has been made for a long time, letting the apples express their true nature and the place they were grown. Our ciders will vary from year to year, as conditions in the orchards shift and the availability of certain apples changes. We are dependent upon favorable weather and work closely with farmers and orchardists to manage pests without resorting to sprays and pesticides.

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Drink Cider


Every cider we make strives to find that special balance of bitter, sharp, sweet, and mellow.

Drink Cider


Every cider we make strives to find that special balance of bitter, sharp, sweet, and mellow.

Cider is a fermented, alcoholic beverage made from apples. Humans have been fermenting apples to make cider for thousands of years. The apple tree is believed to be native to Kazakstan and came to the US with early settlers, spread widely as settlers moved west and south and became a mainstay crop until Prohibition when thousands of trees were cut down. Cider can be made from any kind of apple, but the most interesting cider comes from apples loaded with tannin and acids and sugar artfully blended to make a drink that's complex, interesting, and refreshing. A revival of cider and cider-apple trees has been underway in this country since the late 1970s.

 

Cidermakers produce an extraordinary variety of cider, ranging from sweet to bone dry and from simple, low-alcohol drinks to complex, long-aged ciders that pair well with any kind of food. Many countries have a strong and long tradition of cidermaking, including the United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Spain. The destruction of apple trees wrought by Prohibition meant there were no traditional forms of cidermaking for the current generation to follow or be bound by. The resultant explosion in creativity has produced ciders flavored with every manner of spice and fruit, ciders made with dessert apples exclusively, ciders made a nod to traditional cidermaking practices, and everything in between.

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The Cidery


The Cidery


Karl Kister

Apple lover

Karl is a filmmaker, apple enthusiast, and recovering architect. He planted his first apple tree in fourth grade and spends as much time as possible tending to a small family orchard on an island in Maine. At the cidery, Karl manages all design aspects of the business, as well as bottling, labeling and packaging.

Jay Kenney

Cider Maker

Jay is a cartographer and recovered lawyer. He's 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. He holds a certificate in cider making from the National Association of Cider Makers and at the cidery manages all aspects of cider making production.

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Our Cider


We make cider from apples and that's it.  No berries, no ginger, no shenanigans.

 

Our Cider


We make cider from apples and that's it.  No berries, no ginger, no shenanigans.

 

 Station 8  The Clear Fork Cidery is across the street from Denver Fire Department Station Eight, once known as the Marion Hose House. We named this blend of Colorado cider apples in honor of the Station. It features a mix of Ida-Red, Mcintosh and Golden Russet apples fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast to produce a traditional cider with a nice balance between tannins and acids and flavor notes of pink grapefruit, melon, and peach. Dry. 6.5% ABV.

Station 8

The Clear Fork Cidery is across the street from Denver Fire Department Station Eight, once known as the Marion Hose House. We named this blend of Colorado cider apples in honor of the Station. It features a mix of Ida-Red, Mcintosh and Golden Russet apples fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast to produce a traditional cider with a nice balance between tannins and acids and flavor notes of pink grapefruit, melon, and peach. Dry. 6.5% ABV.

 Oak Barrel Blend  Oak Barrel Blend features apples from the Pitts Family Farm in Lewis, Colorado, from the XK Bar Ejido orchard in Crawford, Colorado, and an old orchard in Lakewood, Colorado. The cider features Stayman Winesap, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Wealthy, Macintosh, and seedlings collected in Crawford and Lewis. After fermentation with English Cider Yeast, the cider was racked to used French and California Oak Barrels and aged for five months. The cider is both earthy and smooth, with subtle tastes of tobacco and cherries. Dry. 7.6% ABV.

Oak Barrel Blend

Oak Barrel Blend features apples from the Pitts Family Farm in Lewis, Colorado, from the XK Bar Ejido orchard in Crawford, Colorado, and an old orchard in Lakewood, Colorado. The cider features Stayman Winesap, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Wealthy, Macintosh, and seedlings collected in Crawford and Lewis. After fermentation with English Cider Yeast, the cider was racked to used French and California Oak Barrels and aged for five months. The cider is both earthy and smooth, with subtle tastes of tobacco and cherries. Dry. 7.6% ABV.

 Dolgo Sour  This limited release cider is made exclusively from the Russian Imperial Dolgo crabapple, aged almost 15 months, and very lightly sweetened to create a powerful, tart cider for those who like their cider boldly sharp. For anyone who appreciates sour beers. Semi-Dry. 7.1% ABV.

Dolgo Sour

This limited release cider is made exclusively from the Russian Imperial Dolgo crabapple, aged almost 15 months, and very lightly sweetened to create a powerful, tart cider for those who like their cider boldly sharp. For anyone who appreciates sour beers. Semi-Dry. 7.1% ABV.

 metaMORPhic  metaMORPhic refers to our friends at the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project in Cortez, Colorado, a small non-profit dedicated to preserving the fruit- growing heritage in Montezuma County and to restoring an orchard culture and economy to the region. The cider is a blend of apples from the valley, including Golden Delicious, Stayman, Jonathan, Winter Banana, Pitts' Bitter, and Pitts' Pippin, plus cider apples from the Pacific Northwest, and a touch of Dolgo Crab. Dry, 7.6% ABV.

metaMORPhic

metaMORPhic refers to our friends at the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project in Cortez, Colorado, a small non-profit dedicated to preserving the fruit- growing heritage in Montezuma County and to restoring an orchard culture and economy to the region. The cider is a blend of apples from the valley, including Golden Delicious, Stayman, Jonathan, Winter Banana, Pitts' Bitter, and Pitts' Pippin, plus cider apples from the Pacific Northwest, and a touch of Dolgo Crab. Dry, 7.6% ABV.

Events


Events


 
 Pressed Fest, 2018 Longmont

Pressed Fest, 2018 Longmont

 

Copper Mountain Cider Circus

August 25, 2018. Jugglers, mimes, clowns, cider and live music. Non-profit partner: Team Summit. Copper Mountain Resort. $50 for early access, $35 regular admission. 1-6. Cidercircus.com

Farm to Bottle Fall Festival

September 29, 2018. Part of the South Gaylord St Festival Series celebrating the best in local cider, beer, wine, and spirits on historic Non-profit partner: The Park People. South Gaylord Street, Denver. $75 for early access, $50 regular admission. 2-7. oldsouthgaylord.com

Lakewood Cider Days

October 6-7, 2018. Celebrating Lakewood’s agricultural heritage with an entertaining mix of live performances, activities and tasty harvest treats, Cider Days offers fun and excitement for the entire family! This year’s event will include tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides along with other children’s activities, historic demonstrations and a unique variety of exhibitors and vendors. Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St. Event runs 10-5, tasting runs 12-4, both days. $30. http://www.lakewood.org/ciderdays/

The Big Wonderful Beerfest (And Cider, too!)

October 6-7, 2018. Denver’s most original urban market and festival offering BEERFEST, BLUEGRASS, and BAZAAR in one elevated experience. Founded in the RiNo Arts District in 2014, TheBigWonderful is a cultural barometer and creative business marketplace, bringing together the best of Denver’s vibrant craft vending, food, beer, and live music scenes into an eclectic and fun festival atmosphere. Globeville, CO, 4400 Fox St. 12-6 both days. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. https://www.thebigwonderful.com/2018-events/denver

Colorado Startup Brews

October 12, 2018. Colorado Startup Brews is a celebration of the things that make Colorado the state it is today: entrepreneurship, craft beer, and charity. Colorado Startup Brews (formerly Bootstrapped Brews), now in its fourth year, is the annual members’ conference (21 & up) of the Colorado Startup Brews Association (CSBA). Non-profit partner: Dear Jack Foundation. McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave, Denver. 5-9. $30 ONLY IN ADVANCE.  https://www.costartupbrews.com/

Arvada's Cheers for the Holidays 2018

November 30, 2018. Holiday cider and wines, light appetizers, music, silent auction, and a local artist creating a work of art at the event. Non-profit partner: The Community Table. 5455 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, 6-8. $25 https://arvadafestivals.regfox.com/cheers-for-the-holidays-2018

 
 
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Location & Contact Info


We're not currently open for direct to consumer sales , but hope to be soon.

Tours of the Cidery are available by appointment.

Location & Contact Info


We're not currently open for direct to consumer sales , but hope to be soon.

Tours of the Cidery are available by appointment.

Denver Is OUR HOME

1632 Lafayette St  Denver, CO 80218

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Where to Buy


Where to Buy


Our cider is distributed widely around the state of Colorado. We're small. And local. And many sellers of specialty wines, beers, and spirits share our values and carry our cider.  A number of restaurants and cafes that appreciate local, artisanal products also serve our products. Ask for it!  And if you can't find it, let us know and we'll do our best to get it to you.

For retailers interested in carrying Clear Fork Cider, please contact us or our distributor, Elite Brands, directly.  

Elite Brands of Colorado   Info@elite-brands.com   Phone: 303.394.7535