The 2016 crop is fermenting away nicely. New equipment has been installed. Visual reboot is almost complete. We thought you would like a sneek peek.
In addition to the current line up of raspberries, hops and Kentucky bourbon barrels, there's a new bottle style for 2017, more unique apple varieties, and a refocused dry cider fermented with brettanomyces ... Cider the way we want it to be. Without boundaries. Stay tuned.
Minneapolis Cider Week is now Minnesota Cider Week, and the time is upon us. Get out to your favorite cider-loving bar and get a taste of as many ciders as possible. There are some delicious ciders out there and plenty of styles to compare and contrast. Not to mention a new Kentucky bourbon barrel-aged cider that we put together for the week. "Boreal Moon" will quite possibly change how you feel about cider and can convert any non-cider drinking buddy into an instant supporter. You can find it at most Cider Week locations.
We will see you on Saturday for the Minnesota Cider Week festival! Cheers.
We are excited to release, for the first time, our Driftless Dry. This is the third of our three flagship styles and we are hoping to keep it available year-round. It is starting to hit the shelves now. Go ask for it if you don't see it. They will listen.
I would also like to mention that our Homesteader (semi-dry hopped) was a Silver Medalist at GLINTCAP this year. This is the largest cider competition in the world and we are judged alongside ciders from around country and internationally. Our Root River was the silver medalist last year, so now it's the hops. We will hope to enter Dry next year. We are proud to be just one the MN ciders that took medals. You can check out all the results here... GLINTCAP
We just bottled our Wild Haralson for the spring release this year. That will be showing up soon as well.
There are changes in the works for Wyndfall so check back over the coming months to see where this cider thing takes us! Thanks for drinking MN cider!
All of our apples are either in the cooler or already fermenting nicely. From tree to bottle takes anywhere from two to six months or more, depending on the style. We expect to be releasing the first of the 2015 vintage in the next few weeks. We hope to have all three main styles available by January with Root River being the first out the door very soon. Our cyders are made using only apples we grow at the orchard, and will vary from batch to batch. But with the highest quality ingredients and the best recipes, like a fine wine, we hope you'll appreciate the variability from year to year. And we will always keep striving for the highest quality. Otherwise, what is point of creating?
Thanks for your support and getting us through our first (fiscal) year. It hasn't been easy, but after weathering the usual first year twists and unexpected complications, we managed to pull it off. Here's to many years to come, producing the best cyders around, from our trees to your glass. Grown, fermented and bottled on our farm.
We wouldn't be here without you! Cheers to sustainably delicious libations!
Block 16 A New England Style Dry
A dry, lightly carbonated cider with a bit of organic apricot juice to add floral, fruity aromatics and character to the overall profile.
Block 16 is a special spot in the back of the orchard that, in a good year, provides a deliciously sweet crop of our own uniquely bred apricot varieties. While they don't always bear fruit in our cold climate, it's a lovely addition to the Wyndfall profile of ciders when they do.
Check our Small Batch Seasonal page for more info.
Check out all there is to do and taste this year. You will find me on Wednesday at South Lyndale Liquors and Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub, Thursday on the AM dial (1500), Friday at The Republic 7 Corners, and Saturday pouring cider at Town Hall Brewery (get tickets for that one). And the best part, a Bike Cider crawl! See below...
I attended and was a judge at the 2015 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition this past weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The mitten state has a quickly growing cider industry and is now host to the largest cider competition in the world with 600+ entries, commercial and noncommercial, from the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond.
After two intense days, the results were announced on Sunday. Our Root River is now a Silver Medal winning cider in the Fruit cider category, of which there were over 70 entries.
There are a few places you can find our cyders on tap in Minneapolis thus far. Root River is now on tap at both Republic locations and Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub. Homesteader is now being released and will be available at Town Hall Lanes with other locations coming very soon.
Bottles are available at Elevated BWS, France 44, Zipp's Liquors, Princeton's Liquors, Surdyk's, Booze Mart, and more to come. Check in on Twitter and Facebook for more regular updates.
Thanks for your support!