By the numbers, hard cider is the fastest-growing segment of the United States’ beer market. Seeing more than 70 percent growth each of the past two years and a market share that has grown fivefold in the past three years, hard cider is in the midst of a full-blown renaissance.
Minneapolis Cider Week, an annual celebration of all things hard cider, returns to Town Hall Brewery and Republic Seven Corners June 1–6 with specials and educational events taking place throughout the week, all culminating in the Minneapolis Cider Fest tasting event June 6.
Below is a rundown of all the events taking place for Minneapolis Cider Week:
Minneapolis Cider Competition (May 31 entry deadline & June 4 awards ceremony)
Cider makers are invited to submit their homemade ciders for prizes, including a top prize of a Draft Brewer Flex Keg System.
- The deadline to enter is 5pm, Sunday, May 31, and the entry fee is $6.
- Entrants must submit two bottles per category entered. Categories include dry, sweet, and other.
- Submit entries at Northern Brewer and Midwest Supplies locations.
- Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at 8pm, Thursday, June 4, at Town Hall Brewery.
- Register and find more information here.
Cider Dinner and Seminar at Town Hall Tap (June 1)
At 6pm on Monday, June 1, enjoy a cider-paired course dinner at Town Hall Tap featuring presentations from cidermakers Milk & Honey (Minnesota), Sweetland Orchard (Minnesota), and Woodchuck (Vermont). Tickets are $50 and limited, call (612) 767-7307 to reserve yours.
$2 Off Cider Sampler Platters (June 2)
Visit Town Hall Brewery, Town Hall Tap, Town Hall Lanes, and Republic Seven Corners for $2 off hard cider sampler platters all day long on June 2.
Bowling Tournament at Town Hall Lanes (June 3)
Enter a cider-soaked bowling tournament at Town Hall Lanes at 6pm on Wednesday, June 3. A $25 ticket gets you entry into the tournament, two games (with shoes) and appetizers. All hard ciders on tap will also be $2 off during the tournament. Tickets are limited and can be reserved by calling (612) 767-3354.
Cider Class at Republic Seven Corners (June 5)
Hear from a panel of five Minnesota cider producers (Sweetland Orchard, Wyndfall Cyders, Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery, Sapsucker Farms, and Milk & Honey) and sample hard ciders from each of them at a free event at 6pm on Friday, June 5, at Republic Seven Corners. Call (612) 338-6146 to reserve your spot.
2nd Annual Minneapolis Bicycle Cider Crawl (June 6)
Grab a punch card from one of six participating locations and hop on your bike for the 2nd Annual Minneapolis Bicycle Cider Crawl, 11am–bar close, Saturday, June 6.
Bicyclists must get a punch from each of the six locations and leave their completed punch card at their sixth stop to be entered into a drawing for five gift baskets filled with cider, gift cards, drink glasses, and swag. Participating locations are: Town Hall Brewery, Town Hall Tap, Town Hall Lanes, Republic Seven Corners, Sociable Cider Werks and South Lyndale Liquor Store.
Cider Fest at Town Hall Brewery and Republic Seven Corners (June 6)
Taste hard-to-find ciders alongside favorites from local, national and international producers at Cider Fest, 3–6 pm, Saturday, June 6, at Town Hall Brewery and Republic Seven Corners. Tickers are $25 and include unlimited samples and a Cider Week glass. Food will also be available for purchase. Order tickets online here and check Town Hall’s Facebook event for more details.