About Us

Swiss-Inspired. Colorado Roots.

Welcome to

The Waldschänke

Our Delicious story

Swiss-Inspired. Colorado Roots.

Our Swiss inspiration comes from part-owner Ruth’s father, George Mueller. In Romanshorn, Switzerland- at the young age of sixteen- George became a part of the original Waldschänke.

During WWII, George assisted in digging out the fermenting cellar of the Swiss Waldschänke; which became a place where the entire village would come to relax, drink traditional unfiltered cider, and enjoy each other’s company.

While George- now 98- had to retire and leave his legacy behind, we have decided to carry it on here in the U.S., taking inspiration from his original unfiltered recipes while adding a modern Colorado twist.

Our own ciders are currently still in production, but we have the best and one of the most diverse selections of Colorado ciders in Denver for you to taste!

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Our Team of Founders

The Dufresnes have worked incredibly hard to get the doors of Denver’s first Swiss-Inspired cidery open for all to enjoy! The family bootstrapped the entire operation, working long days and nights preparing the space for you and your friends and family to enjoy. 

John Dufresne

Cidermaker/Business Manager

Born and raised in Germany, John is no stranger to beer, but after meeting wife Ruth, cider became the name of the game. An entrepreneur at heart, it was only a matter of time before he aspired to open his own cidery.

Ruth Dufresne

Accountant/Cider Slinger

Born in Switzerland, Ruth was raised on her father’s traditional, unfiltered Swiss cider. With her knowledge of the original recipes, she and her family are the inspiration behind the whole operation.

Keane Dufresne

Cidermaker/Bar Manager

With 10+ dedicated years in the craft beverage industry, Keane has a passion for creating unique and delicious beverages! A hard worker and an incredible human being, he’s definitely the one you want making your ciders.

Kelley Dufresne

Events & Media/Cider Slinger

An eye for design and a passion for family and community, Kelley always dreamt of opening a small business; she just never thought she’d be lucky enough to open a craft cidery in her home state with her new family!