Even *I* can’t eat dinner at 4pm.
Okay, we all know that’s a lie. However, when an errand that Dan and I were running in Longmont, Colorado wrapped up early, we decided to visit a local cider shop to kill an hour until the much more respectable 5pm dinnertime.
Even though cider options seem to be expanding every day, I was expecting St. Vrain Cidery to carry perhaps a dozen variants. They actually offer an astounding 36 — and every single one comes from a Colorado cidery, including six of St. Vrain’s own.
Always overly-ambitious when it comes to trying new things, Dan and I created a flight of eight ciders. I ranked them because hell, there are so rarely enough ciders to bother making a list:
- Pumpkin | Wild Cider (Firestone, CO)
- Vanilla | Climb Hard Cider (Loveland, CO)
- Bulldog (the bartender’s choice — thanks Derick) | Boxing Brothers Ciderhouse (Colorado Springs, CO)
- Pink Guava | St. Vrain Cidery (Longmont, CO)
- Cinnamon | Climb Hard Cider (Loveland, CO)
- Blackberry Botanical | St. Vrain Cidery (Longmont, CO)
- Raspberry | Stem Ciders (Denver, CO)
- Belgian Sour Cider | Boco Cider (Boulder, CO)
See the full list of St. Vrain’s ciders on tap.
We didn’t even manage to hit all of the Colorado cideries on their menu — I still see Snow Capped Cider (Cedaredge), Colorado Cider Co (Denver), Talbott’s Hard Cider (Palisade), C Squared Ciders (Denver), Clear Fork (Denver), New Avalon (Hotchkiss), Big B’s (Denver), Redstone Meadery (Boulder), Randy Buzz Meadery (Golden), and Haykin Family Cider (Aurora). Consider this my to-do list.
P.S. I should have paid way more attention to who made their baked goods–this birthday cake donut was incredible. Or maybe I was simply starving for that sweet, sweet 5:03 pm dinner.