First Look: Number 12 Cider’s North Loop Taproom Is Open For Business

Cider is flowing within the North Loop as Number 12 Cider’s new cidery and taproom opened last week.

The taproom, positioned at 614 fifth St. N. in Minneapolis, adds to the craft credentials of the neighborhood, which already boasts Inbound BrewCo, Modist Brewing, and Fulton Brewing’s taprooms inside strolling distance of each other.

Number 12 Cider co-house owners Colin Put up and Steve Hance released their first cider to the world in the spring of 2015 and had been operating a taproom in partnership with the owners of Deer Lake Orchard in Buffalo, Minnesota. With the brand new city location, Number 12 is shifting its total production to Minneapolis and has refreshed their brand in the process. Along with dropping “House” from their name, Quantity 12 Cider has a new emblem and is introducing a slew of latest varieties and blends of cider past their core three kinds, which are also getting a rebrand: Sparkling Dry is now Voyage, Black Currant Dry is now Black Market, and Chestnut Semi-Dry is now Helix. The taproom has sixteen complete draft lines; their goal is to have them all ultimately flowing with completely different varieties.

Andrew Dimery, the previous head brewer of Lakes & Legends Brewing Firm, will manage the production aspect of the cidery. Here, Dimery is shifting a keg // Photo by Aaron Job

The Quantity 12 workforce hopes to use the taproom to teach customers on cider, which is usually a misunderstood beverage. “Hopefully, you walk out of here [learning] something extra about cider that you simply didn’t already know,” Post mentioned in an interview with The Growler this summer.

Post and Hance are additionally angling to make a bigger splash in the distribution market with the upgraded services. Finally, Quantity 12’s core brands will likely be out there for buy in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans, a change from their current 750-milliliter bottles (which they are going to continue to use for particular, limited-run releases).

With the taproom open seven days a week, producing enough cider to sustain with demand is the primary concern for Post and Hance. A few months in the past, they hired Andrew Dimery, previously the head brewer of Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, to handle the production operations of the cidery.

A view of the taproom going through North. To the proper the stairs lead to an elevated mezzanine which can provide extra seating // Photo by Aaron Job

Left, the taproom whereas beneath building. Proper is the accomplished bar because it appears when coming into the taproom // Images by Aaron Job

The taproom design is wood-ahead, although it has a sleeker, more modern really feel than the rustic barnwood aesthetic discovered at many other taprooms. In addition to bar seating, a mixture of booths, lengthy communal tables, high tops, and a mezzanine lounge offers different ranges of intimacy for guests. Exterior, Quantity 12 constructed a courtyard patio the place they will operate a everlasting pizza trailer referred to as Little Tomato. Illuminated faucet towers draw your eye to the bar, behind which stands a tall three-panel window giving visitors a view of cider aging in oak barrels and bubbling away in stainless steel fermentors on the manufacturing ground.

Quantity 12 is the second cidery and taproom working beneath the business winery license in Minneapolis, after City Forage Winery & Cider House in the Longfellow neighborhood. (Sociable Cider Werks is licensed as a brewery. You possibly can be taught more concerning the nuances within the Growler’s Area Information to Cider.) With two extra urban cideries on the verge of opening in Duluth and another coming to Minneapolis, it’s clear that Minnesota cider is entering a new period.