Minnesota’s Diverse Cider Landscape
Exploring Minnesota’s cideries offers a nuanced understanding of the state’s rich and diverse cider landscape. From the urban sophistication of Minneapolis to the historical allure of Spring Valley and Duluth, each cidery offers a distinct narrative, weaving together regional influences, innovative techniques, and a commitment to craftsmanship. Read on for a round-up of my favorite cideries!
1. Duluth Cider – Duluth
Set against the backdrop of Duluth’s Lincoln Park, Duluth Cider welcomes visitors with a modern and laid-back vibe. The cidery’s spacious taproom and expansive outdoor patio create an ideal setting for enjoying the locally inspired ciders. Committed to showcasing the region’s apple bounty, Duluth Cider’s selection ranges from traditional dry blends to imaginative and seasonal concoctions making it a must-visit spot for those exploring the North Shore.
2. Milk & Honey Ciders – St. Joseph
Tucked away in the quaint town of St. Joseph, Milk & Honey Ciders is surrounded by scenic orchards, offering a serene setting for cider enthusiasts. Embracing a philosophy of quality over quantity, Milk & Honey focuses on small-batch, handcrafted ciders that showcase the nuances of local apples, making it a destination for those seeking a genuine and rustic cider experience.
3. 1910 Sip House – Battle Lake
1910 Sip House’s tasting room takes place in a unique setting, a converted old grain bin. This small-batch cidery takes pride in its artisanal ciders that pay homage to the rich apples and local fruits of the region. The ambiance is infused with a sense of history, creating a charming and authentic setting for guests to explore.
4. Minneapolis Cider – Minneapolis
Bringing urban flair to the cider landscape, Minneapolis Cider is a standout destination in the Twin Cities. The cidery offers a modern and lively atmosphere where patrons can enjoy an array of carefully crafted ciders. From crisp and refreshing to bold and complex, Minneapolis Cider prides itself on diversity, ensuring there’s a flavor profile to suit every palate.
5. Keep Sake Cidery – Dundas
Situated in the picturesque town of Dundas, Keep Sake Cidery offers a unique and intimate cider experience. The cidery’s taproom, adorned with local art, creates a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Keep Sake takes pride in its commitment to using Minnesota-grown apples, ensuring a true taste of the region in every sip.
6. Number 12 – Minneapolis
Located in the heart of Minneapolis’ historic North Loop neighborhood, Number 12 Cider is housed in a beautifully restored warehouse. Committed to sustainable practices and traditional cider-making methods, Number 12 crafts a diverse selection of ciders, providing patrons with an authentic and memorable tasting experience. The cidery offers a unique atmosphere for cider aficionados, plus a food truck serving delicious brick oven pizza!
7. Urban Forage Cider House – Minneapolis
Nestled in the heart of Minneapolis, Urban Forage Winery & Cider House exudes a cozy and eclectic charm, offering a welcoming space to explore its diverse selection of ciders. Urban Forage is known for incorporating foraged and locally sourced ingredients into their creations, resulting in unique and ever-evolving flavor profiles. This commitment to local sourcing and innovation makes Urban Forage a standout destination for those seeking a dynamic and community-focused cider experience.
8. Wild State Cider – Duluth
Just a few blocks away from the incredible Lake Superior, Wild State Cider in Duluth offers a cozy and rustic escape for cider enthusiasts. The taproom exudes warmth and charm inviting visitors to savor a diverse range of ciders, from crisp, traditional blends to innovative fruit-infused concoctions. The large and dog-friendly patio is wonderful to enjoy on a sunny afternoon.
9. Four Daughter’s Winery – Spring Valley
Located in Spring Valley, Four Daughters is set amidst rolling vineyards and boasts a serene and elegant ambiance. Four Daughters takes pride in its artisanal approach, using a blend of traditional and modern techniques to create a selection of ciders that complement the winery’s overall offerings.
10. Thor’s Hard Cider – Stillwater
Located in Stillwater, Thor’s Hard Cider specializes in bold and robust flavors, often experimenting with different apple varieties to create memorable and adventurous blends. With a commitment to quality and a touch of Nordic flair, Thor’s Hard Cider stands as a distinctive and captivating destination for cider enthusiasts along the St. Croix River.
Cheers to a Flavorful Journey
Minnesota’s vibrant cider scene underscores the state’s pivotal role in the evolution of cider craftsmanship. The commitment to utilizing local ingredients, innovative brewing techniques, and a genuine passion for the craft has yielded a diverse array of ciders that reflect the richness and complexity of each region. Let’s raise a glass to that. Looking for more unique ideas across Minnesota? Check out my blog posts on 15 Best Things to Do in Minneapolis for First-Time Visitors, Learning How to Make Hard Cider from Apples, and The Ultimate Brewery Bike Tour. Cheers!