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Closed July 4th, closing early July 6th

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024

So when the heck is Urban Forage open this week?   Our hours will be: Thursday July 4: closed Friday July 5: Open 4-9 Saturday July 6: Open 1-5 Sunday July 7: Open 1-5   We’re getting out for some R&R this week, and also hosting a private event on Saturday.  We still love our […]

Pizza and a pint, Wednesdays in June

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

  It’s true.  We’re offering a big slice of Randy’s gluten-free pizza and a pint of dry cider for $7 every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:00 in June.  Want to pair your slice with red wine?  That’s $8!  Try it, you’ll like it! We’ll be open Wednesdays 5-8 PM and loving it!  See you there.

Lilacs take over the taproom this weekend

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, May 10th, 2024

Love lilacs?  This is the place to be Friday May 10th to Sunday May 12th!  The bar is covered in lilacs.  Each table has a vase of lilacs, there are even lilacs in the bathrooms!   It goes without saying that the entire taproom smells wonderful this weekend!  Bring your Mom for a fragrance-filled Mother’s […]

Black currant plants are all claimed!

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Thanks to all who chimed in to claim a black currant plant this Saturday.  All eight have been claimed- and it only took an hour!  We are glad to hear there is so much interest!    

Trivia topics:

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

April 18: The Office  (the TV show) April 25: Dune (the book mostly, maybe the new movie too)

New wine: Walleye and Roast Potato

By Jeff Zeitler on Monday, April 1st, 2024

New wine for sale this week: We were inspired by the fantastic fish and chips on offer by Randys Gluten Free this spring. Fresh and fantastic cod and potatoes in the best British tradition! As an additional homage to Minnesota’s state fish we are bringing out an entirely new wine: Walleye and roast potato wine! […]

Beer without ye booze, and a (secret) wine sale

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, March 14th, 2024

    And here I thought Urban Forage couldn’t make beer. We can’t, but we found a way to make something that sorta tastes like beer, and is gluten free and is actually pretty good. If you like a good Boddington’s bitter ale or another such ESB-style beer. Very hoppy and a nice, slightly creamy […]

3:30 on a Saturday afternoon

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, February 17th, 2024

3:30 on a Saturday afternoon. I’m a gardener and thinking about planting my vegetable garden this spring today. Ordering seeds, deciding what to plant where. While looking out over this sunny and pleasant but also completely empty taproom. And while sitting here it occurred to me that customers are to a venue what water is […]

It really is a wonderful life.

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, December 22nd, 2023

This is from our most recent newsletter that goes out to 1600 subscribers. If you’d like to subscribe, click here. It’s not always a wonderful life And then.  Sometimes it is. We were going to make a chicken pot pie.  Kid #1 said we never make anything new for dinner- we just recycle the same […]

Trivia tickets available at the door!

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Hey!  We have trivia this Thursday, as we do all Thursdays.  Tickets will be for sale at the door.  We’re putting up fewer tickets on the tix sales site, as they’re starting to charge (even more!) fees for larger events.  So we’ll post 25 online and sell the rest at the door.  See you tonight!

Check out our Winter music lineup!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, November 10th, 2023

We keep booking talented local singer/songwriters and bands!  This winter we have a great lineup!  Any Friday night you stop in, you’ll find a new band playing at 7 PM.  We have a Saturday music night or two scheduled as well.  Don’t get stuck indoors this long winter.  There’s no cover charge and the cider […]

Closing early Sunday October 22nd

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Hey all- we’re closing at 4 PM on Sunday the 22nd as we prepare to host a wedding reception!  The couple needs a bit of extra time to set up before the guests arrive, so we’ll do last call at 3:30 and tables clear by 4:00.  It’ll be a beautiful reception- so thank you for […]

Closed Sept 2&3 for the Labor Day holiday

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, September 1st, 2023

Hey! We’re closing the taproom on Saturday and Sunday, so we all can have some fun over the last weekend of summer. Gita and I and our staff will be out camping, barbecuing, patio sipping and state fair going to our hearts content. Sorry we won’t be open for your cider drinking pleasure, but we’ll […]

New summer hours

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, June 15th, 2023

Well, we’re changing our hours again- this time it’s: Wednesday 4-9 Thursday 4-9 Friday 4-9 Saturday 1-9 Sunday 1-5.   We’ve moved our trivia nights to Wednesdays and will continue to have local artists performing original music each Friday at 7 PM.  Hope to see you soon!

Thanks to WCCO for highlighting our dandelion wine

By Jeff Zeitler on Monday, May 22nd, 2023

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the wonderful piece on our dandelion wine that recently ran on WCCO news! here Many thanks to the producer Kirsten, who filmed and produced the entire piece by herself!  We appreciate the attention, and also appreciated the hard work of the volunteers who showed up […]

It’s dandelion season!

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, May 11th, 2023

  Yes!  Finally there are dandelions on lawns everywhere in Minnesota.  We hope you’re as excited about them as we are, because the emergence of dandelions means the beginning of foraging season.  We go out and pick almost every day in mid-May to make sure we have enough to make a year’s batch of dandelion […]

Going California sober? We have the thing for you.

By Jeff Zeitler on Sunday, February 26th, 2023

Lots of us are California dreamin’ at the moment.   I am.  You probably are too. I was walking to the mailbox, through the almost knee-high snow last week when I ran into a neighbor and was had a good talk about our new THC seltzer.  She mentioned that she knew an increasing number of people […]

Help choose a name for our new product!

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

OK! We have tabulated the names submitted and created a poll– this is a new one- created in Mid-February that combines some of your favorite suggestions with a few added by Chat GPT.  Will you choose the names created by humans or by AI?  Take the survey now and find out!

Clearance sale this week

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, January 12th, 2023

  Our January clearance sale is back! If you’ve been watching our website for a while you know that each January we take stock of what we have too much of, then sell it off in a sort of Dutch auction- getting cheaper each day until it’s gone. This year is no exception! Today (Thursday) […]

Closed Wednesdays, open for your event~

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

Well, we tried opening some extra days about 6 months ago- Mondays and Wednesdays to be exact.  And what we’ve learned is that not many people go out on Wednesdays, but they do tend to book special events on Wednesdays if that’s an option. So if you’re one of the few lonely folks who prefer […]