Stem Ciders is a craft cidery headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado. Founded in 2013 by Eric Foster and Phil Kao, two entrepreneurs with a deep appreciation for craft, and a strong commitment to reviving the cider tradition, Stem produces cider founded on three main principles: quality, style, and tradition.
The RiNo cider house doors opened in January of 2014 with three ciders on tap and a mission to share with you the cider traditions that our founders know and love. With the addition of a primary production facility and restaurant, Acreage, in Lafayette, Colorado, as well as restaurant and bottle shop, The Northern Spy in Durham, North Carolina, Stem Ciders continues to grow nationally with wholesale and retail focus. From the first batch of cider produced in 2011 – now known as Real Dry Apple Cider, to the seasonal ciders and monthly Firkin experiments, Stem is committed to producing the highest quality cider that brings those traditions to the forefront.
Our Cider Journey.
The measure of a good cider is in each of its parts.
It starts with quality ingredients, and the fewer the ingredients, the closer we are to the apple. We use fresh pressed full juice from whole, ripe fruit. We promise to create craft ciders that showcase the individual qualities of the fruit available here in the U.S.: from the Michigan apples that are at the heart of L’Acier and Le Chêne to the crab apples from the Western Slope that put the pucker in our Crabby Neighbor. From our first batch, made with Colorado apples, we’ve been committed to working in close collaboration with growers in our local communities and across the country in ways that are sustainable for our industry and environment and to promote the recultivation of heirloom cider apples.
Yeah, it’s dry. Drink it already.
Simply put, dry ciders are the ciders we love to drink, but the story goes much deeper. We’re always evolving, experimenting, succeeding and sometimes faltering. Just a fraction of what we do makes it to the public, and even less makes it into your can or bottle. We push the boundaries of cider just as much as we are connected to cider traditions. The culinary apples we source from Colorado, Michigan, and the Pacific Northwest, when treated with care, help make our ciders cleaner, brighter and fresher. We embrace the dry, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
We are dedicated to reviving the cider tradition.
At the root of our ambition, we’re working to bring you, our customers and friends, into the world of cider. Cider is a convivial drink with a culture of community and sharing that we cherish. From the trees in the ground to the cider in your glass, it’s our mission to share these traditions with you. Cheers!