About us

Jeff started making hard cider and wine in his dorm room at the University of Minnesota almost 30 years ago.  The first batch wasn’t so tasty, but he kept at it,  improving methods and recipes, never compromising the quality of ingredients or the time needed to make a batch just right.

Urban Forage uses those same recipes, and continues to make products from local fruit without compromising the final quality of the beverage with added preservatives or artificial flavorings.

Each summer and fall, we pick apples, pears, plums and cherries off of local residents’ fruit trees and from local orchards, but only with permission of the landowner. We also harvest dandelions, hops and other flowers in season if they are offered to us.

Contact us at urbanforagewinery@gmail.com if you have fruit or flowers you’d like us to pick.

Each of our varieties is made with minimal processing in our stainless steel casks in small batches. Much of the work is done by hand with simple machinery.  Chemical shortcuts aren’t our thing, and we do all we can to avoid adding them.

Our taproom is open Thursdays 4-9, Fridays 4-10, Saturdays 1-10 and Sundays 1-5.  We sell some of the most delicious cider on draft you’ll ever taste.  We also sell our mead, cider and wine by the bottle and by the growler for on-site or off-site consumption.  The products that we have available for sale depend on the time of year and on how fast our limited inventory is selling. Check our menu page to see what we currently have in stock.