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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 […]


Upcoming events: on hold while we renovate

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, July 1st, 2016

We’re working on our event space right now.  Walls are coming down, the ceiling is coming down, dust is everywhere and we’re just not able to accommodate any events or even do tastings at the moment. The good news is that we have a target completion date of July 1st, and we hope to have […]


Open our regular hours for the 4th of July weekend

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Sketch of Jeff by Anita White. By the way- if you are wondering- YES- we are open our normal hours this weekend. Friday 4-8 PM and Saturday 12-4 PM. Pick up an all-American (and all-Minnesotan and mostly-Minneapolitan) bottle of dry cider (crisp!) semisweet cider (sparkly!) or pear cider (unique!) for your 4th of July festivities. […]


Thanks for making our cider, wine and cheese pairing night a success!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, June 24th, 2016

Thanks to all of the 41 good people who came to our wine, cider and cheese pairing event last night!  We had a lot of fun, and it sounds like you did too. Thank you to Matthew Hardy for providing the music and to Anita White for the art installation.  We’re looking forward to having […]


New hours- Friday 4-8, Saturday 12-4

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, June 17th, 2016

You asked for them- we’ve provided.  While we’re trying not to change our hours too much, in five months of running the bottle shop in front of the building, we’ve noticed some trends.  There tends to be a rush of business in the late afternoon and early evening on Fridays, and early afternoon on Saturdays.  […]


Wine, cider and cheese tasting- June 23!

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

We’ll be sampling our ciders and some soon-to-be-released wines paired with delicious cheeses on June 23rd from 6-9 at Urban Forage Winery and Cider House.  $15 for the evening.  This is our first ticketed event, so please find the details on our Facebook page or purchase tickets at Eventbrite if you are interested. We’re looking […]


Where can you buy our cider when the shop isn’t open?

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Well I’m glad you asked! Now that Bernick’s is distributing our semisweet hard cider, you can buy it from someone other than -me- and somewhere other than the front of our building. So far it’s only available in South and Northeast Minneapolis, western St. Paul and White Bear Lake, but we expect that more locations […]


Skip the florist this year

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Pick up a bottle of cherry-apple or pear cider for Mom- she’ll probably like it more than flowers. We’ll be open Friday and Saturday from 2-6 PM, and we’ll even give you a discount if you buy three bottles. Now you really have no excuse.


New brite tank on site now- distribution coming soon

Cherry Apple Cider

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

If you’re a fan of shiny brewing equipment, you’ll be excited to hear that we had a brite tank shipped from Portland and delivered to our building this week!  We received a 500 liter tank from Stout Tanks and Kettles and members of the Longfellow Homebrew Club helped get it into the building.  We’ll be […]


Our cider is green! Open for St. Pat’s day 2-6 PM

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

No it’s not literally green, as in a product with FD&C food coloring added. It’s green in the sense that we made it sustainably, without chemicals, or with just the bare minimum to keep it fresh when we bottle it. And now- we are selling it on Saint Patrick’s Day!  As you may know- cider, […]


CSA pickups: 3rd and 4th Fridays of the month

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Hi to everyone, especially to those who backed us at the CSA level during our kickstarter campaign.  There are almost 100 of you, so it took us a bit of time to have the inventory and the level of organization to be able to fulfill the terms of the CSA- which include a bottle of […]


Our ciders– naturally gluten-free

Cider Bottles

By Jeff Zeitler on Sunday, January 31st, 2016

We’ve been heartened and slightly surprised by the demand for our semisweet cider and cherry apple cider in the last couple of days.  We’re glad the neighborhood has embraced us to the degree that it has, and hope to be good neighbors in return! We had a great night out at a new(ish) Seward restaurant […]


Regular hours have begun! Friday & Saturday 2-6 PM

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

In case you haven’t seen it on social media- we are now open on Friday from 2-6 PM, and on Saturdays from 2-6 PM.  We currently have 750 ml bottles of dry cider and semisweet cider on sale for $12.99 plus tax.  Stop in to chat and take home a bottle or a few.  Pick […]


Dry cider! Buy some this Saturday Jan. 9, 2-6 PM

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Celebrate the NFL playoffs with something better than light beer! Urban Forage dry apple wine (also known as still cider) will be for sale at 3016 East Lake (side door) again this Saturday from 2-6 PM. We’ll be open on a regular basis from now on each Saturday from 2-6, and will add weekday hours […]


First sales- December 30 & 31, 4-8 PM

By Jeff Zeitler on Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Come and see us at the SIDE DOOR of 3016 East Lake Street and buy one of the first bottles of cider we are making available to the general public!  Knock three times speakeasy style, and we’ll let you in.  We may not be able to give tours, as we may be busy these first […]


Send us a selfie!

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, December 17th, 2015

If you have Urban Forage branded swag that you picked up after the Kickstarter campaign- please send us a selfie at urbanforagewinery@gmail.com showing you using it.  We’ll post your photo here and on our FB page. And if you haven’t heard already- we plan to start selling cider on December 30 at our building.  Hours […]