Growler Giveaway: Sign Up To Win A Prize Package From Number 12 Cider

The cidery’s story began decades ago when two young boys would spend their summer afternoons stealing apples from their neighborhood trees. Steve Hance and Colin Post, the cidermakers and founders of Number 12 Cider, have come a long way since their adolescent mischief, but, the bond they formed then has turned into a lifelong friendship … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

Year in Review: Minnesota Beer & Cider in 2018

By the end of 2018, the United States will have more than 7,000 breweries and brewpubs in operation. To help that sink in, consider that a decade ago that number was 1,574. And 40 years ago, in 1978, there were just 89.  This astounding growth in the number of breweries—the vast majority of them independent … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

The Great Northeast Make Merry @ Sociable Cider Werks

make merry old fashioned English : enjoy oneself with others, especially by dancing, eating, and drinking. synonyms: have fun, have a good time, enjoy oneself, have a party, celebrate, carouse, feast, ‘eat, drink, and be merry’, revel, roister; informal: party, have a ball Minneapolis Craft Market and Frank & Ernest Markets & Events return to … [ Read more]

Now Open (Or Damn Close): Duluth Cider

For enthusiasts of everything craft, Duluth is living up to its name as the Zenith City. Breweries and distilleries are flourishing and have quickly become fixtures of the city’s cultural and nightlife scenes. With all of these great beers and spirits available, it seems only natural to ask: Where’s the cider? Duluth will soon be able to point to the … [ Read more]

First Look: Number 12 Cider’s North Loop taproom is open for business

Cider is flowing in the North Loop as Number 12 Cider’s new cidery and taproom opened last week. The taproom, located at 614 5th St. N. in Minneapolis, adds to the craft credentials of the neighborhood, which already boasts Inbound BrewCo, Modist Brewing, and Fulton Brewing’s taprooms within walking distance of each other. Number 12 … [ Read more]

Good Vibes Jazz Trio

The Good Vibes jazz trio once again makes its annual appearance along with Chromatic Catering. Join us at Sweetland Orchard for a laid-back evening of great jazz with a trio consisting of Phil Hey on drums, Chris Bates on bass, and David Hagedorn on vibraphone. $5 kids/$10 adults cover. Paella also available for purchase from … [ Read more]

Bartender, There’s Cheese In My Drink: The how and why of fat-washing spirits

Fat-washing spirits.” It sounds disgusting, right? But, when a bacon bourbon old fashioned is on the menu, it sells like hotcakes. Fat-washing is the revolting terminology for a delicious and popular technique in the cocktail world, and, despite my many emails advocating for a name change, the global bartending community has yet to change the … [ Read more]

Wassail! The pagan origins of a Yuletide cider festival

Reprinted with permission from “Ciderology” by Gabe Cook, Spruce 2018 If you happen to be in the West of England during January, you might catch sight and sound of some rather unexpected activities. Some rather pagan activities. For one month a year, an area famed for its tranquility and gentle nature packs away the tea … [ Read more]

Keepsake Cidery and Toastie Farm OPEN Weekends

Get off the beaten path and visit Keepsake Cidery’s orchard, cider house, and toastie farm in Dundas, MN. Just a short drive from the Twin Cities and Rochester, Keepsake Cidery offers a unique experience for the whole family. Hard cider, kombucha, and pops to drink with local sourced, house made grilled cheese and rotating seasonal … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider

Cider seems like a straightforward drink. We’re all familiar with apple juice and the concept of fermentation, and, at its core, cider is just a combination of the two. But in practice, the beverage is far more complicated. Because what about pear cider? Or rhubarb cider? What are those drinks? And what about those ciders … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 5: Cider In America

You’re reading Chapter 5 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Sales of hard cider in the U.S. only equal about one percent of the overall beer market, but that tiny share is expanding quickly. The number of cidermakers in America has doubled in the last four … [ Read more]