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JEFFERSON COUNTY CIDERWORKS

GOING THE DISTANCE: KEEPSAKE CIDERY

Dundas, MN mncider.com North of Rochester (but south of Northfield…) in the Cannon Valley sits a beautiful orchard with some serious cider talent on it, and 5,500 apple trees. This perfect daytrip (Cannon Valley Trail anyone?) can lead you to one of Southern Minnesota’s true outof-the-way treasures. Proprietors Nate and Tracy have created an incredible lineup of naturally fermented ciders, a distinction worth making in the fermentation world. In addition to their stellar ciders, a small menu of toasties and bites are available for kids of all ages. It’s also worth trying to catch one of their ciders at Forager in Rochester or Jack’s Bottle Shop (near Forager). Keepsake is open Fridays 4-9 pm, and Saturday-Sundays from 12-8 pm.

Fairfield, IA www.cider.work While technically a skosh outside of our region, we can’t write about cider and not include our friends at Jefferson County Ciderworks, near the transcendental metropolis of Fairfield. Known for their “New American” Ciders, JeffCo has been a long-time local favorite of many Eastern Iowans – from the original, to the oaked sour cherry and the semi-dry hibiscus rose. Their lighter side session ciders have been summer hits for a couple years now, and seasonal favorites like Lemon Lavender, Tropical Pineapple, and Gin Spiced all make the rounds. You’ll find these lovely beverages in 16oz cans and on tap at some of our favorite regional haunts like Pulpit Rock Brewing and Luna Valley Farm (Decorah), as well as some Co-ops and liquor stores in Eastern Iowa. Cheers, Jesse! Benji Nichols has been schlepping magazines around the Driftless for 14 years. Who’d’a thunk it? He also says that this compilation is the foundation for a fantastic fall “Cider Road Trip” - even better if he could find the time to do it by bicycle. See you on the trails!

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