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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 […]


New Years Eve Eve!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, December 30th, 2016

It’s been a year that we’ve been in business!  And what a year it has been.  2016 has been notable for a lot of things that aren’t so positive- but we’re optimistic that the year to come will bring bigger and better things. Our 2016 has been marked by the birth and growth of our […]


Special pre-holiday hours: Wed, Thurs 3-6 PM

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

I’m a last minute shopper and I know a lot of you are too. In order to aid and abet your last-minute shopping habit, we’re open this Wednesday from 3-6 PM and Thursday from 3-6 PM.  We’ll also be open our regular hours on Friday of 4-8 PM.  Saturday we’ll be open early, that is, […]


Speakeasy Night- December 10!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, December 2nd, 2016

We’re hosting our first ever speakeasy night next Saturday and are looking forward to seeing you there. The (not very strictly enforced) dress code is fedoras and flapper hats.  Garb from the first third of the 20th century is encouraged.  If Humphrey Bogart or Ingrid Bergman would have been comfortable wearing it, then it’s good […]


Extra hours for Thanksgiving week

By Jeff Zeitler on Sunday, November 20th, 2016

So you already know that cider (especially our semisweet cider) pairs really well with turkey, and you’re planning to surprise your in-laws with a bottle of local mead for the dessert course.  But you’re wondering just when the heck you’ll be able to stop by at Urban Forage because our open hours are so limited. […]


Vegan Charcuterie tickets are for sale! Just don’t use Internet Explorer!

By Jeff Zeitler on Monday, November 14th, 2016

If, like some others, you have gone to our Eventbrite page to buy tickets to our November 17th Vegan Charcuterie pairing event, only to be met by a blank page where the ticket purchase details should be- do not despair!  Close your browser and re-open with Firefox, Chrome, Ubuntu or any other browser not made […]


Pick up a bottle or two for the election returns.

By Jeff Zeitler on Monday, November 7th, 2016

Whether its to celebrate or to dull the pain, you may want to have a bottle or two on hand for tomorrow night’s big show.  I know that Gita and I will be glued to the TV all night, and I’m guessing many of you will be too. My suggestion- PBS, popcorn and semisweet cider.  […]


$15 growler fills today!

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Today only  (Saturday November 5) from noon- 4 PM.  We have half a keg of really good semisweet cider and I’d rather do discounted growler fills than let it sit in the keg for too long and risk it going bad.  Stop by with your clean growler (64 ounces or less) and I’ll fill it […]


Tonight (Oct 27) Photos of Vilnius + mead

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, October 27th, 2016

We’re hosting an exhibit by local artist Jane Strauss, and tonight is the opening for her show: “Lithuania: Doors, Windows, Vistas.” She’s showing over 40 new prints of photos taken in Vilnius and surriounding villages on a recent trip to Lithuania.  The opening will run from 5 PM- 9 PM. Paired with the show- cider […]


Closed Saturday October 22, see us next week!

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

We’re out having fun with our kids, so please come back and pick up some mead next week. We’ll return to our regular hours then.


Mead is here!

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

And it’s really really good! Our mead is a semisweet mead- that is- less sweet than most commercial meads, but since it’s made from honey, it’s still sweeter than anything else we produce.   It’s made from some top-quality honey we got from an (almost) organic family farm near Sleepy Eye in southern Minnesota.  The only […]


Gluten-free pairing evening- October 13!

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

We’re pretty excited about this upcoming event!  We’re now partnering with an entirely gluten-free restaurant, Sassy Spoon, and an entirely gluten-free bakery, Bittersweet, to provide you with the best gluten-free edibles. The menu will include Sassy Spoon’s savory pulled pork and turkey meatballs, and will finish with Bittersweet’s decadent mint brownies.  All paired with our […]


See us at the River Balcony Prototyping Festival Sept. 9 & 10

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Yes- it’s a real thing, not just four randomly selected nouns.  It promises to be a really good thing too- with nationally renowned rock bands playing on St. Paul’s riverfront until 10 PM on Friday and from 2-6 on Saturday.  Oh, and given the awkward name, not that many people have heard about it, so […]


Labor Day weekend hours

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

We will be OPEN on Thursday Sept 1 from 4-8 PM and on our normal hours Friday Sept 2, 4-8 PM. We will be CLOSED on Saturday the 3rd, as we expect most of you, as reasonable Minnesotans, will have left town at that point, and we plan to do so as well. We do […]


New T-shirts are here!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Our new Urban Forage t-shirts just arrived from the printer, and we can’t wait to get them out to you.  They will be available for the first time at East Lake Open Streets, this Sunday, at our tent starting at 11 AM.   They’re cool, comfortable and stylish shirts by American Apparel.  You’re almost guaranteed […]