Brewing Cider in Fort Collins

In Colorado, craft beer has long been king, yet a dethroning is underway with the surge of craft cideries, including Scrumpy’s in Old Town Fort Collins.

Owner and Cidermaster, Jennifer Seiwald’s unique journey led her to opening Scrumpy’s Cider Bar in 2013. Jennifer’s career started in the food services industry when she managed several sandwich shops in Kansas. In 1991, she and her husband moved to Fort Collins to open another successful sub store, which she eventually sold. After departing the industry, Jennifer worked in the financial sector, and when the economy took a tumble she enrolled in classes like chemistry and biology with the intention of going into the medical world. However, her enthusiasm for the craft beverage industry led to yet another career change and she enrolled in hard cider making classes in Washington State and the United Kingdom.

What sets Scrumpy’s Hard Cider apart is their sourcing of local ingredients. In 2014, over 39,000 apples were picked from Northern Colorado orchards for the cider base, and to make the unique flavors, Jennifer uses other Colorado ingredients like peaches, cherries, and spruce tips. Currently, Scrumpy’s has 19 ciders on tap, as well as 25 bottled varieties of local, national, and international ciders. To accompany the libations, Scrumpy’s restaurant-front offers 15 mouthwatering sandwiches, all on bread that is freshly baked each morning.

When the space next door to Scrumpy’s became available, Jennifer knew the business had to seize the expansion opportunity. The new 65,000 square foot space can seat 160 patrons, has a stage for live music, and a full kitchen that will allow Scrumpy’s to expand its menu. 

With a Community Advantage loan from Colorado Lending Source, Scrumpy’s was able to purchase three new 30-barrel fermenting tanks, which will allow the business to fulfill requested keg orders, start their bottling line, and help build their distribution in the future.   

Jennifer's Words of Wisdom:
If you’re getting a construction loan, make sure you’re ready to switch gears from construction to running your business. Actually building your business is much different than working in it.