Swiss Inspired. Colorado Roots.

Waldschänke Ciders

The History

The History

In the early 1900’s Jacob Bauer ran a family farm, restaurant, and the Waldschenke (Swiss-German for “forest tavern”) in Romanshorn, Switzerland. Since the Waldschenke was a seasonal outdoor venue with limited operations and could not support the family on its own, the family created the restaurant for off-season use. 

 From the 1920’s to the early 1940’s, Waldschenke’s cider was fermented in the cellar of the restaurant at a separate location and transported to the forest tavern in glass jars. As a teen in the 1930’s Ruth’s father, George Mueller, poured cider at the Waldschenke.

After WWII, a cellar was built at the Waldschenke to process and ferment the cider onsite. As a close childhood friend of owner Jacob Bauer’s son Erwin, George helped build the cellar. 

Erwin’s father, Jacob passed away in the early 1960’s and his sons Erwin and Hermann inherited the family business. Erwin did not want to run a restaurant so they shut it down and transferred the permits to the Waldschenke. Erwin took over the farm and Hermann, the Waldschenke. Hermann sold the forest tavern in 1992 to Paul Knup who owned it for 9 years. Paul sold it in 2001 to Heinz and Ruth Ramsperger who run it to this day. 

From Romanshorn to Denver

During a trip to Romanshorn, Switzerland some sixteen years ago Ruth, her father George (both Swiss), and husband John visited the original Waldschenke. Although Ruth had visited many times while growing up, this was John’s first taste of Saft (cider). Enchanted by the thought of operating their own cidery, John and Ruth began to make a plan. Knowing that there is a renaissance and growing interest for hard ciders in the US, they decided the timing was right for their own Waldschenke cidery, inspired by it’s Swiss heritage and embracing the Colorado community.

 As we start up our Swiss-inspired Colorado cidery, we have incorporated the modern-day spelling of forest tavern, from Waldschenke to Waldschänke.

From Romanshorn

to Denver

During a trip to Romanshorn, Switzerland some sixteen years ago Ruth, her father George (both Swiss), and husband John visited the original Waldschenke. Although Ruth had visited many times while growing up, this was John’s first taste of Saft (cider). Enchanted by the thought of operating their own cidery, John and Ruth began to make a plan. Knowing that there is a renaissance and growing interest for hard ciders in the US, they decided the timing was right for their own Waldschenke cidery, inspired by it’s Swiss heritage and embracing the Colorado community.

 As we start up our Swiss-inspired Colorado cidery, we have incorporated the modern-day spelling of forest tavern, from Waldschenke to Waldschänke.