A Night with Keepsake Cidery

Join Alma’s chefs and Keepsake Cidery owners Nate Watters and Tracy Jonkman for a night of delicious food designed to highlight the ciders of Keepsake. The dinner will begin with a cider reception and hors-d’oeuvres followed by a four-course meal with selected cider pairings. Throughout the evening there will be opportunities to talk with Watters … [ Read more]

Keepsakes of a Season: The homegrown ciders of Nate Watters and Tracy Jonkman

See? Not every apple is created equal,” Nate Watters says before launching into a story about the “spitter” apples he just had me try. I quickly grasp his point—their flavor is horrible for eating, and I promptly and predictably eject from my mouth the small bite I’d taken, just as Nate knew I would. “The … [ Read more]

The Ultimate Guide to Cider Week 2018

Celebrating all-things cider, the annual Minnesota Cider Week is back and ready for sipping action. Running June 2–9, this week-long celebration, organized by the Minnesota Cider Guild, highlights our state’s locally crafted cider, as well as many of the establishments that embrace and support the fast-growing industry. The week is full of events, from special … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Nate Watters & Tracy Jonkman of Keepsake Cidery

In spring of 2014, Nate Watters and Tracy Jonkman planted 2,400 apple tree saplings on their property in Dundas, Minnesota, with a singular goal in mind: make top quality cider from Minnesota-grown apples. Spanning 30 varieties of dessert and cider apples, the founders of Keepsake Cidery knew they were taking a big chance on the … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: August 2017

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Bang Brewing Gold Blonde Ale – Joseph Alton, Editor-in-Chief The best thing about craft beer is ingenuity. Simple ingredients used in varying fashions produce vastly different flavors and styles … [ Read more]

Apple blossoms mean Minnesota’s cider season is here

Apple orchards are beginning to bloom and that can only mean one thing: cider season is here. Starting Friday, May 5, Number 12 Cider House’s taproom, located at Deer Lake Orchard in Buffalo, will be open for business on the weekends. Started by four couples, one of which owns Deer Lake Orchard, Number 12 is the maker … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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DIY Fermentation: Beet Kvass

We’re in the tail end of beet season at the farmers markets. And perhaps the dipping temperatures have you thinking about ways to prolong the harvest. Fermenting vegetables at home might seem like a daunting task, but the barriers to entry are lower than you might think. Take beet kvass for example (above, left). It’s … [ Read more]

Rooted in Tradition, Keepsake Cidery Looks to the Future

Photos by Brian Kaufenberg “This is really out there,” my fiancée remarks as we turn onto another winding country road taking us deeper into farmland on our way to Keepsake Cidery in Dundas, Minnesota. She’s right—the roar of I-35 has completely faded away by this point,  replaced by the sound of rustling trees in the … [ Read more]

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