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Waldschänke Ciders Brings a Taste of Switzerland to Denver This Week

Waldschänke Ciders will begin pouring on October 2, 2019.
Waldschänke Ciders will begin pouring on October 2, 2019. Waldschänke Ciders
After years of planning, Waldschänke Ciders will officially open its doors on Wednesday, October 2, at 4100 Jason Street. When last we talked to Waldschänke's co-founder, John Dufresne, it was nearly a year ago, and the cider maker shared his aspirations for creating unique, Swiss-inspired ciders.

Even after permitting and construction delay pushed the opening out several months, housemade ciders won’t be ready for another thirty to sixty days, but Dufresne currently has sixteen taps from other Colorado cider makers to fill the gap. “We want to promote the industry,” Dufresne explains.

Local guest ciders will remain available even when Waldschänke cider is good to go. Producers on tap include Talbott’s, The Old Mine, Climb Hard, Wild Cider, Hard Summit (Scrumpy’s), Snow Capped, Boxing Brothers, Big B’s, Stem Ciders, Clear Fork, St. Vrain, BOCO, Colorado Cider Co., Colorado Plus 49, C Squared and Haykin Family (in bottles only).

click to enlarge The taps will pour guest ciders until  Waldschänke's own products are ready to drink in a month or two. - WALDSCHÄNKE CIDERS
The taps will pour guest ciders until Waldschänke's own products are ready to drink in a month or two.
Waldschänke Ciders
As previously planned, Dufresne will create cocktail-inspired and barrel-age ciders, something he is happy to see other cideries now doing as well. One thing that sets Waldschänke apart is that Dufresne's product will be unfiltered, just as it's done in Switzerland.

“I think you get better aromatics and a better taste,” he notes of unfiltered cider. “You get that true tavern taste. It’s what inspired us to even start this business.”

click to enlarge The taproom at  Waldschänke Ciders. - WALDSCHÄNKE CIDERS
The taproom at Waldschänke Ciders.
Waldschänke Ciders
Dufresne make the cider along with his son, Keane, who has been in the craft-beverage industry for more than ten years. The family business also includes John's wife, Ruth, who was born in Switzerland, and Keane's wife, Kelley, who will manage events and media. 

During the day, there will be locally roasted coffee available by Mad Loon Coffee Roasters. The facility has plenty of space, with the taproom and 2,400 square feet dedicated to production, and a small area within that space for tours and private tastings.

The grand opening on Wednesday will have a food truck and live entertainment. Call 303-997-7375 or visit waldschankeciders.com for more details.
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Kristen Kuchar is a Colorado writer covering dining and the beverage industry, including wine, beer, cider and spirits. Her articles have appeared in VinePair, the Beer Connoisseur, Beer Advocate, Craftbeer.com, Zymurgy and more. She has a WSET Level 1 certificate and is a Certified Beer Server by the Cicerone Certification Program.