Minnesota’s guilded age of cider

Jim Morrison of Sapsucker Farms could barely keep up with the nearly 1,000 people who attended the Minnesota Cider Guild’s first-ever Cider Fair on Sunday in Jordan. He was surprised by the sheer number of people looking for a sip of his Yellow Belly Hard Cider, but also at how many times he heard someone […]

Homebrew Recipe: Wyld Cyder

There was an apocryphal bad frost centuries ago in Hessen, Germany that wiped out that year’s grape crop. The distraught winemakers turned to apples and they haven’t looked back since. That region is now the heartland of Apfelmost—a hard cider, fermented with the naturally occurring microbes on the fruit and extant from year to year […]

Cidermaker Profile: Rob Fisk of Wyndfall Cyder

For most people, the word “spitter” evokes the thought of something unpleasant—angry llamas, perhaps, or individuals who require a little extra talking space if you want to stay dry. Not Rob Fisk. For him, the word means something beautiful, something high quality, something on which he’s built his life. Spitters are the colloquial term for […]

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The State of Cider 2016: Updates from cideries during Minnesota Cider Week

For at least one week in the year, cider reigns supreme in Minnesota. Town Hall Brewery’s sixth annual weeklong cider celebration runs through June 11, and this year the event was rebranded Minnesota Cider Week to reflect the growing community of cidermakers and cider drinkers across the state. Cider is an essentially simple beverage—take apple juice, ferment […]

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Got dandelions? Urban Forage Winery wants them.

Urban Forage Winery & Cider House wants your dandelions. In fact, they want all the dandelions. Why? They’re making their first commercial batch of dandelion wine soon. The winery is looking for any and all dandelion and/or lilac donations, and will even come pick them up from you. Just email urbanforagewinery@gmail.com, and they’ll put you on the […]

Urban Forage adds pear cider, bottle returns to the fold

Urban Forage Winery and Cider House in South Minneapolis announced today it’s adding a pear cider to its lineup. The new cider joins Urban Forage’s Dry Apple Cider, Semisweet Sparkling Cider, and Cherry Apple Cider. Like the Cherry Apple Cider, quantities are limited, although they anticipate having it in stock for several months. Look for it […]

Cider wins big just in time for the new year

Tucked within the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed in Congress a few weeks ago was the CIDER Act, a much-needed and long overdo update to cider regulations in the United States, according to the Cider Association. The CIDER Act amends the Internal Revenue Code to create a definition of cider that more accurately reflects the reality of […]

Sweetland Orchards Scrumpy

Our favorite beer bars are getting wise to the national trend. There, on the drink lists, among a litany of IPAs and Belgians, you’ll increasingly find dedicated selections of hard cider, giving us a chance to expand our craft palates. These places include both Republic locations, which comprise two of the four Metro locations currently […]

Leidel’s Hebron Cider

 By John Garland Mitch Leidel’s family has been on the same plot of land north of La Crescent, MN since the mid-1800s. His great-grandfather planted the orchard in 1917, on which his grandfather worked his entire life. Looking for new sources of revenue to keep the farm alive, Leidel’s Cider was born after consultation with Levi Funk (a […]

Craft Cider in Full Bloom

By Brian Martucci In anticipation of this year’s significantly expanded Minneapolis Cider Week—slated for late May and orchestrated by Town Hall Brewery, with help from the fine folks at Artisanal Imports—it’s only fitting to take a hard look at the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. craft beverage market. Forget beer, folks. The U.S. market for […]

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Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis

Now Open (Or Damn Close) visits an enthusiastic Twin Cities cider house. By Brian Kaufenberg Sociable Cider Werks Fall in Minnesota is when families visit local orchards to pick baskets of apples from the trees and buy fresh apple turnovers, applesauce, apple cider, apple pies, and every other iteration of apple products. All save one—locally […]

7th Annual Homebrewing Contest at MN Rennfest

Entries will be accepted July 27 – August 11, 2013 at the following locations: Northern Brewer | Midwest Supplies | Still H20 | Brew & Grow Minnesota Judging will take place on-site at the MN Renaissance Festival on August 24 & 25, 2013. Enter your historic English & European-style homebrew in the 7th Annual Home-Brewed Beer, Mead & Cider Contest at […]