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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 […]


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, […]