Meet Clear Fork Cider
For our April spotlight, Colorado Cider Guild checks in with Jay Kenney, owner of Clear Fork Cider.
Where is your Cidery located? CFC is a Front Range cidery with an orchard bent. We're in our third year of production and we own or lease orchards in Lakewood, Golden, Applewood, Arriola, Lewis, and Crawford, Colorado. We do all our work from a funky old commercial garage near Voodoo Donuts just north of Colfax Ave. We will be open on a limited basis this Spring as a sales room only.
Tell us about your business. We intervene minimally in the orchards, preferring instead a holistic approach to the trees in the belief that the apples and the cider will taste that much better. Our apples don't always look great, but their outward appearance hides extraordinary taste that's unlike anything else you've ever had. Our production process is deliberately slow. From picked apple to bottle is typically 6 months, including primary fermentation and a long secondary maturation phase.
Tell us about the cider! Our most popular cider has been Dolgo Sour, a single variety cider made with Russian Imperial Dolgo crab-apples. Lightly back-sweetened, it packs a puckery, sour patch punch like nothing you've ever had before. Our Oak Barrel Cider comes a close second crowd favorite and combines heirloom, cider and dessert apples into a balanced blend that is aged for six months in used red and white wine barrels. Our two limited release ciders, Pitts Bitter and Station 8, round out the offerings.
Clear Fork Cider: 1632 Lafayette Street, Denver, CO 80218 ClearForkCider.com