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Wild Cider’s lemon basil and Bee Hoppy are bliss 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
You’ll find cans in local liquor stores, but a venture down dirt roads into the heart of Weld County fracking country proves fruitful at Wild Cider’s scenic hub. It’s got a covered patio, a soccer ball billiards board and a wood oven for pizza service. We nab a kick-ass spicy Sriracha pizza ($13), sporting a thin, airy crust made with cider in its dough; it’s porky with bacon, thick with mozzarella, and even hotter with jalapeños atop. Its heat’s slightly mitigated by the sweetness of an overall excellent cider showing, sampled in four-pour, $6 flights. We try a dozen, taking too many notes, so let’s skip to our favorites: the superb lemon basil, big and herbaceous and probably amazing with Thai food; the Bee Hoppy, sweet with local honey and robust with a Cascade hop dry-hopping; and our own blending of the spiced apple pie and pumpkin flavors, neither cloying, nor overly baking-spice-infused — just right in equal ratios, wherein you can taste the crust, so to speak. On the whole, this tops my list of cideries. 
Location Details Wild Cider
11455 County Road 17
Firestone,, CO
303/532-9949
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