The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 7: Editors’ Local Picks

You’re reading Chapter 7 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Hoch Orchards Organic Barrel Aged This blend of Fireside and Bulmer’s Norman apples is a demonstration in barrel-aging restraint. Aged just long enough to add the slightest suggestion of vanilla and wood to dull the sharp … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 6: Cider in The North

You’re reading Chapter 6 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Minnesota’s cider scene is young and, like a knobby-kneed teenager, still trying to find its legs. The cidermaking industry in Minnesota is just over six years old and has yielded ciders running the gamut from Old … [ 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]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 4: Science and Definitions

You’re reading Chapter 4 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Good cider starts with good soil. The acidity, porousness, organic matter, microbial activity, and structure of soil all impact what types of trees will grow and the quality and characteristics of the fruit those trees will … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 1: The History of Cider

You’re reading Chapter 1 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Despite a reputation for being as American as pie, apples are transplants from far away. Like our forebears, these fruits came from foreign shores and have been nurtured and developed by other cultures for centuries. Ancestors … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 3: The Apples Behind The Cider

You’re reading Chapter 3 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. Apples are the soul of cider—which, on its face, sounds fairly straightforward. We’ve all shopped for apples and are acquainted with the eight to 10 varieties available at most supermarkets. Except, of course, it’s not even … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, Chapter 2: Cider in the Old World

You’re reading Chapter 2 of 7. For the complete contents of The Growler’s Field Guide to Cider, click here. The U.S. has been experiencing a boom in craft cider recently, but many of the practices employed by American cidermakers today are the result of traditions that span hundreds of years and thousands of miles. Let’s … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20