Stem Cider

Not a beer fan? Stem has you covered – no beer here, cider only! This is a cider lovers paradise with so many different flavor offerings and you can even do samplers if you can’t decide. This cider heaven is located in the RiNo (River North) district of Denver tucked away from the street. They have a large outdoor seating area, which is perfect for the warmer months of Denver to soak up all that sunshine. It was a bit too cold when we went, so we grabbed a table inside. When you enter, you are greeting by the knowledgeable staff that are eager to help you with all your cider needs. So what’s on the menu? They have a selection of “Core” ciders that are always available, as well as a selection of seasonal offerings that rotate. In their core selection you will find a dry cider, off-dry, raspberry, pear, rose, and hibiscus session (this one is a semi-sweet). In their current seasonal menu they offer a lavender, lava flow (strawberry+pineapple), paloma (grapefruit), chile guava, fresh hop, and a cider slushie of mango hibiscus. Have you ever seen so many delicious flavors of cider in one place? I sure as hell have not. Usually you only see the typical dry and semi-sweet, but plain no flavors. Sometimes you might get lucky with a pear cider in the mix, but let’s be real 90% of the time you are gonna drink the 1 cider the bar offers and be happy about it. This place was a true paradise for a cider lover like myself – I hate beer, always have and always will….I will drink like 2 beers in existence and they are never my first choice. Anyways, they also have flights for you to try 4 different flavors. They have 4 featured flights – Dry, Fruity, Staff’s Choice, and Custom. I grabbed the paloma because I love grapefruit drinks – they are light and refreshing. The cider was light and tangy. I will never have a better cider in my life and I would consider moving to Denver for this place alone. So if you love cider and are in Denver, run there now…it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! For their current taplist check out their menu here.

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