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Construction update: First week of July

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, July 7th, 2017

First week of July construction update: We’ve layered roofing felt and metal lath over most of the area to be stuccoed, and it makes a world of difference!  The front is  closer to looking like a finished building with the steps cut back and a uniform layer of something covering the plywood and window flashing. […]


Construction update: Third week of June

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Our facade is starting to take shape now.  We were able to install the steel door and concrete stoop for our new ADA chairlift last week, and the lift installation company has begun the wiring for the lift.  We’ve installed the subfloor in the new bathroom and also finished all of the framing as well […]


Construction update: second week of June

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

  I’ve missed a construction update or two here, but I have a second week of June update for everyone interested! We’ve been busy, just not busy updating our website.  In the last two weeks we finished taping and mudding our ceiling and applied the first layer of primer. The ceiling is destined to be […]


Construction update: May, week 3

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    This week in construction:   We installed our final window and now only have the door for the ADA lift to install!  The front of the building looks completely different, and we can’t wait to take down the plywood wall and show you. We also finished the drywall ceiling and completed the structural […]


Introducing: Rhubarb Wine!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, May 12th, 2017

This has been a busy week with construction and a bit of dandelion foraging all happening at the same time that gardens need to be planted and kids are having their school plays.  We’re business owners, but we’re also parents and gardeners and still try to have time to stop and- as Garrison Keillor says- […]


Construction: 2nd week of May

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

This week in construction:   Our front wall finally went back up!  We have a new front door that now meets building code and two new (taller!  insulated-er!) windows at the front.  We’re still waiting on delivery of another window and installation of another door will be done by the lift company, so there will […]


Construction this week:

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, May 6th, 2017

  This week:  We removed the front wall stucco and studs to make room for our new, taller windows and the access door for the new ADA lift.  We made a surprising discovery.  There’s brick in portions of the building facade!  Sadly we’ll have to cover it over again, but it’s nice to see it […]


That new wood wall thing

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

If there ever was a question as to whether or not we’re renovating, there is no such question now.  Our plywood enclosure for the front of the building just went up today, ensuring that we can replace our doors and windows -and in general spruce up the front of the building- without interruption. Our 101-year […]


Thanks to Northgate Liquors in Andover!

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Our products are now available at Northgate Liquor in the city of Andover. Which now has the distinction of being the northernmost store to stock Urban Forage ciders. Grab some cider at Northgate next time you’re on your way up to the cabin!   !


American Gothic, Minneapolis 2017

By Jeff Zeitler on Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Our submission to the Growler’s call for videos for their upcoming guide to Upper Midwest taprooms.  Our taproom is coming soon!


a Major League announcement

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, April 1st, 2017

So we have this building permit, and everyone knows how hard it is to get one in the city of Minneapolis.  Some people have asked me how we were able to do this. Well, it required a bit of reconceptualizing and rebranding. For a long time, even in the old days before the Surly bill, […]


Hopped cider! Dry cider!

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Hopped cider is finally here and  our dry cider is back and better than ever!    Now that it’s spring,  we’re bringing back our dry cider, and also bringing out a new batch of hopped cider that we’re pretty sure you’re going to like. Wet hopped with fresh Cascade hops grown in our backyard, our […]


Speakeasy bottle sales once more.

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Contrary to what the sign says, for now you need to use the side door So we’re beginning to do some purging on the upper floor of the building in anticipation of work getting underway, That means, for now, we’re moving our bottle shop back to the basement and asking you and all of your […]


We are OPEN this Friday and Saturday

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, February 24th, 2017

Heck yeah!  The snowstorm missed us, and we have lots of mead and cherry cider for you to enjoy while you sit by the fireplace and enjoy the cold but entirely snow-free landscape.  Leave the 4×4 at home and drive your low-rider Ford Pinto in to see us! We’re here for you Friday Feb 24 […]


OPEN this Friday, CLOSED Saturday

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

If you’re looking to get your cider on, stop in on Friday.  We’ll be open 3-7 (OK, 3:30- we’re stretched a bit thin) and closed on Saturday. Saturday will be busy off-premises for us.  We’re going to the Spire credit union annual meeting. We usually try to go, but this year, they’ve featured us in […]


Now at Skyway Wine & Spirits and Sunfish Cellars!

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

We’re proud to announce that our ciders and mead are available in two new venues this week!  Skyway Wine and Spirits in Downtown Minneapolis is now carrying our Honey mead, Semisweet cider and Gin Botanical cider.  Sunfish Cellars of Lilydale has added our Semisweet cider to their eclectic lineup. If you’re a resident of downtown […]


Hey- that’s us!

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

We’ve been long time credit union members- Jeff has belonged to Spire CU, long before it was known by that name.  Gita also became a member after marrying Jeff, and both have been happy to bank with a credit union rather than a bank since then. Spire has returned the favor by featuring Urban Forage […]


New video about Urban Forage. Thank you Kelsey!

By Jeff Zeitler on Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Kelsey Christensen, a journalism student at the U of M, produced this fantastic video about us and about how people love our mead!  Check it out.


Pear cider is back!

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

One of our most loved and short-lived products (it sold out in two months) pear cider, is now back in stock! Our 2016 batch is unique, and by most accounts, even tastier than the 2015 pear cider.  With sharper acidity and assertive pear flavor, this clean-finishing pear cider is one not to miss.  Like our […]


New hours: Fri. 3-7, Sat. 1-5

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Just a note to all our customers- we’re adjusting our hours slightly to make sure we’re open the hours people are looking to buy our cider, mead and wine, and not open when you’re not. Fridays from 3 PM to 7PM and Saturdays from 1 PM to 5 PM seem to be the sweet spot […]