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Indeed Brewing Company is excited to announce our new partnerships with Sunny Hill Distributors in the Iron Range and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of International Falls. The addition of these distributors completes our wholesale footprint in Minnesota, allowing us to provide quality craft beer in each and every corner of the North Star state.
Raise a glass to a good year past and reconnect with an Old Friend, our limited-release winter warmer brewed with fresh ginger root, orange peel and blueberry honey. This year we are excited to release Old Friend in shiny new 16oz cans, featuring original artwork by Minnesota’s own Chuck U. Sharing an old friend with a good pal has never been easier.
Indeed Brewing’s existence is rooted in countless days spent homebrewing in a garage and making runs to Northern Brewer for ingredients and supplies. We launched our brewery in 2012 with two distinct beers born from many batches of homebrew: Day Tripper Pale Ale and Midnight Ryder Black IPA. This year, we were excited and honored to have these two beers adapted as homebrew Pro-Series kits by Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply.
Bright, resinous and fresh as can be, our days-old, draft-only Fresh Hop Ale hits bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities area this week. This extremely limited brew is made with unpelletized Mosaic hops, harvested at their peak and shipped directly to Indeed from Yakima, Washington – the epicenter of hop growing in the United States. These hops were hand selected by Head Brewer Josh in September, and arrived to the brewery a few weeks later. They were added to the brew that night and just ten days later the finished beer was kegged and ready to drink.
Grab your friends, throw on your flannel and get ready for some boot stomping and hip shaking fun at our annual harvest party. Hullabaloo is back and packed with plenty of goodies. We’ve hitched up a music lineup curated by First Avenue, and we’ll keep the brews and good times flowing all weekend long.
Make way for Rum King! This year our imperial stout is coming to you fresh in 12oz cans fit for every swashbuckler’s life-on-the-go. They’re shipping out in 4-packs, perfect to share with your mates around a fire or save for a stormy night at sea. Featuring original artwork by Chuck U, the new cans are silver, teal, dark blue and ripe for the plundering. Below deck the goods are just the same – a pitch-black stout that’s been aged in rum barrels for just shy of one year. You’ll find the same complex notes of toffee and vanilla, with a roasty-toasty, malt-forward body burly enough to un-shiver those timbers.
It’s about that time of year when we trade in our sunny shandys and summer ales for something we can really cozy up to on a chilly night. We’ve seen the aisles fill up with pumpkin spice & everything nice, but frankly – we’re bored with the gourds. Presenting your fall beer alternative, Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale, our ode to crunchy leaves, casseroles and sweater weather. Brewed with real sweet potatoes and a signature blend of spices, Yamma Jamma is your call to the fall.
It seems like just yesterday (or forever ago), but on this day four short (and long) years ago, we sold our first beer. Since then, we’ve been working hard (though occasionally hardly working) to keep our brewery at its best. In the last 48 months, we’ve grown from a staff of six to a staff of over 50 hard-working, but more importantly, very good-looking people. We went from one taproom to two, and added a 12,500 square foot warehouse to the mix, expanding our distribution from the Twin Cities area to now covering almost all of Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as parts of Wisconsin. In June of 2014 we began Indeed We Can, our charitable giving program. To date, we’ve donated over $150,000 to local charities and partied with them in our taproom. We’ve partnered with one of the largest craft breweries in the country – New Belgium Brewing, and had a medal-winning beer at the Great American Beer Festival. What a ride.
Out with the Ride, in with the Roll! This August we're flipping the switch on our IPA offering to break up the same old same old and bring you something new and shiny. Enter Let It Roll IPA, bright, juicy and made with a winning blend of Citra, Amarillo, Apollo and Lemondrop hops.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to drinking beer made by just one brewery, Indeed Brewing and New Belgium Brewing release their second Beers With Vrienden collaboration. Presenting Strawberry Fields Ale – a kettle soured, strawberry-scented, strawberry-tasting beer that you’ll want to drink, well, forever.
Summer is here and the living is easy. But when the sun goes down, it’s time to leave those lakes behind and spend some time enjoying cinema under the stars. Welcome to the walk-in theatre Traveling Patio Picture Show - presented by the fine, upstanding people of Trash Film Debauchery, Indeed Brewing Company and the Trylon microcinema. Four summer nights of delightful beer and delicious cinema ready for you to devour. All movies are FREE and start at sundown – we’ll see you there!
Welcome to seventh heaven. We’re proud to present the juicy red ruby we call Wooden Soul 7, a Raspberry Cherry Sour Red Ale. Aged for nearly two years and fermented on fruit, this brew weighs in at 5.4% ABV and 12 IBU, and is an eruption of tart fruitiness – a sour fruit bomb for the soul.
Say hello to a beautiful stranger – our Lavender, Sunflower Honey, Dates Honey Ale (we call it LSD when the US government isn’t looking) hits shelves this week. This unique brew is ready to take you on a mind-bending experience through both space and time – or maybe, probably, definitely just flavor.
Three days of beer, food, and music at Indeed over Art-a-Whirl weekend
Are you ready to get Whirly? Indeed Brewing Company proudly presents Whirlygig 2016, our annual spring bash on Art-a-Whirl weekend with a killer lineup curated by our friends at First Avenue. From Friday May 20th to Sunday May 22nd, let’s get together and celebrate our vibrant Northeast neighborhood with three days of beer, food, and music. As Northeast’s oldest taproom and a proud member of NEMAA, this is the brewery’s biggest weekend of the year! Come down and help us do it up right. It’s gonna be a whirly good time.
St. Patrick’s Day will soon be upon us – and though you might be hard pressed to spot a four-leaf clover or a pot of gold, you can easily find our newly released Shenanigans Summer Ale, no rainbow required. To celebrate this St. Paddy’s, we’ve put together a recipe for Irish soda bread featuring our warm weather brew.
We’re packing up something special for The Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest at the Minnesota History Center this Saturday. We’ll be joining 30 amazing craft breweries from around the country to showcase three exceptional brews from Wooden Soul, our robust living-beer barrel-aging program.
Brewing beer is an adventure – and it’s always more fun with a friend or two by your side. That’s why we are so excited to announce our newest collabeeration with New Belgium Brewing, one of the largest and most respected craft brew operations around. We’re joining them as part of their Beers with Vrienden program (vrienden is the Flemish word for friends) to take the best of both breweries and create two distinct and special beers: Come Together Honey Wheat Wine and Strawberry Fields Sour.
The first collaboration brew will be Come Together, a honey wheat wine weighing in at nine percent ABV and 40 IBUs. As honey is consistently used in many Indeed beers, like Mexican Honey and LSD, our Head Brewer Josh Bischoff felt it was a natural choice to get an “Indeed flavored” brew. New Belgium Production Director Travis Burge felt the same, saying, “With this collaboration, I wanted to explore with honey and that’s exactly Indeed’s wheelhouse and where they wanted to push the limits.” Come Together will be brewed with wildflower honey, strawberry scented Belma hops and New Belgium’s house Belgian yeast strain – and will be Indeed’s first wheat wine.
Our brew crew will be flying off to Fort Collins, Colorado to create Come Together Honey Wheat Wine with the gang at New Belgium Brewery in mid-March. The New Belgium team will head up north in late April for the release party and general good times. The collaboration will act as a happy reunion of New Belgium Brewer Matt Pollock and our Head Brewer Josh Bischoff (both pictured above), who previously worked together at Indeed. April will also feature the brew date of New Belgium/Indeed’s second collaboration beer, Strawberry Fields Sour – more details on that to come later. These beers will have an extremely limited release, so check in often with us on social media for updates. We hope you’re as excited as we are to share in this perfectly poured partnership.
Earlier partners in New Belgium’s Beers with Vrienden program include Allagash Brewing Company in Maine, Cycle Brewing in Florida, J. Wakefield Brewing in Florida, and Hopworks Urban Brewery in Oregon. To read more about New Belgium Brewing visit newbelgium.com.
Ring in the spring with Let It Ride, our seasonal IPA. Aromatic with notes of tropical fruit, this bold brew is made with a mixture of Mosaic, Calypso and El Dorado hops. “There's a bunch of aroma in these new varieties of hops that we weren't getting from hops, even a few years ago," says our Head Brewer Josh Bischoff. Look for fruity aromas like dank citrus, pineapple, blueberry and tropical fruits before your first sip.
Let It Ride pours a copper color, and when not in a glass, can be seen in a brand new bright green can – with designs from local artist Chuck U. This hop forward, 90 IBU American IPA is an adventure on its own, but also pairs well with pizza, spicy foods, barbecue and vegetable-focused plates – perfect for your spring and summer cookouts.
Join us at our taproom this Thursday, February 25th for a special Let It Ride Flight Night – featuring Let It Ride, a cask of Carbonated Let It Ride with Habanero Sugar Aged On Carolina Reaper Pepper, a cask of Grapefruit and Tangerine Let It Ride, and Let It Ride on nitro. $12 flights while the casks last – come take Let It Ride for a spin!
Ready to Let It Ride? Six-packs hit store shelves this week. You can also look for our IPA mixed six-packs featuring Let It Ride and Let It Roll. Look for Let It Ride on draft in restaurants and bars near you, and find it served up fresh in our Northeast taproom.
Roses are red and violets are blue, but let’s get real you can’t eat or drink either. We envision a world where a six-pack replaces those 12 long stem roses. Let’s leave the mushy stuff behind this February 14th, but keep the candy – and add beer (of course). To complete this task, we sat down with the experts at France 44 with the difficult assignment of creating beer and chocolate pairings. We left the usual rules behind. Can’t pair an IPA with chocolate? Well we did, and we liked it. Together, we’ve crafted four couplings of some of our favorite brews with mouthwatering, lip smacking confections. And just to make it easy for you – we’ll be offering a special flight on Valentine’s Day featuring the beer and chocolate pairings below. That’s right – a flight of beer and chocolate. So swipe right for once and grab a table for two in our cozy Northeast taproom and make this Valentine’s Day a delicious one.
Beer: Mexican Honey Imperial Lager
Chocolate: Valrhona Grand Cru de Terrior Majari
We were surprised to find success on the first chocolate we tried with our buzzy Mexican Honey brew. This 64% dark chocolate from Madagascar is fresh, tangy and has notes of dried fruit. The fruit notes help pick up the citrus tang from the orange blossom honey that this beer is named for. We found that this chocolate and Mexican Honey have a similar smooth ending. France 44 uses these baking chocolate pieces to make its delectable brownies, but they work just as well on their own.
Beer: Midnight Ryder Black IPA
Chocolate: Miticia Piedras de Chocolate
A chocolate covered almond is hard to resist, especially when it is coated in cocoa powder. We paired this 75% dark, Spanish confection with our malty Midnight Ryder. The sweetness of the cocoa cuts the bitterness of this IPA, while the chocolate helps bring Ryder’s roasted and toffee notes to the forefront. The two combined taste like a toasted hot chocolate you could sip on all night.
Beer: Old Friend Holiday Ale
Chocolate: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate - Belize
A simple but refined single-source 72% chocolate seemed like the perfect compliment to our complex, yet subtle holiday ale. This bar has its origins in Co-op – Maya Mountain Cacao from Toledo, Belize. Its notes of dried plum and tart cherry work well with the raspberry honey, fresh ginger and orange peel in Old Friend. Take in the ginger aroma of Old Friend as you bite into the chocolate, and see how it changes flavor as you sip the beer itself. An Old Friend becomes new again!
Beer: Hot Box Imperial Smoked Pepper Porter
Chocolate: Patric Chocolate Limited Edition Oatmeal Cookie
Smoky and spicy, Hot Box is a strong beer to contend with – so we found an equally strong chocolate we think is up to the challenge. This unique American chocolate bar, made with maple, oats, cinnamon and vanilla (yes, it really tastes like an oatmeal cookie) cuts through the heat and smoke of Hot Box. At the same time, the intense sweetness of the chocolate helps level out Hot Box’s robust combination of flavors. A good pairing for those who find Hot Box a bit aggressive, and those Hot Box addicts who want to taste it in different ways.
Join us Valentine’s Day for this special beer and chocolate flight – limited quantities available. Let your palate be the guide and experiment with your chocolates and brews to see what you find to be the perfect match. We hope to see you in the taproom soon. Happy Valentine’s Day from Indeed!
Can’t make it to flight night, but still interested in creating a beer and chocolate pairing of your own? France 44 Liquor Store and Cheese Shop has got you covered. You can find a selection of Indeed and all the craft chocolate mentioned in the above post. Grab a cheese board and draft while you’re there! The staff is incredibly friendly and happy to help you find the perfect pairings for your palate.
The new year has been a busy time at Indeed! We’re moving our inventory, a whole brewery’s worth, to a custom-made, 12,500 square foot warehouse in St. Paul. We’ve stocked our new spot with a 3600 square foot cooler that will allow us to streamline our distribution channels to one location and cut down on delivery traffic at the brewery. It will also be the new home of our robust barrel-aging program - Wooden Soul and Rum King now live here. Check out the photos below and see exactly what we’ve been up to. We’re excited to continue growing the Indeed brand, and we’d like to thank you for your support as we continue to develop. But don’t worry – our brewing operations and taproom will stay nestled in Northeast. We hope you drop by for a pint soon.
We’ve been buzzing with excitement this month, with the return of our award-winning Mexican Honey Imperial Lager. This golden brew has got us in fiesta mode, so we decided to take our merrymaking straight to you! This Friday we’re commandeering a Bitter Minnesota #TourBuzz, loading it up with Mexican Honey giveaways and a mariachi band to put us in the mood. We’ll be landing at five locations throughout the evening, bringing music and a Mexican Honey happy hour everywhere we go– starting at the Blue Door Pub in Longfellow and flying off to Buster’s On 28th, Mackenzie’s Pub and Triple Rock Social Club, with our last stop at Betty Danger’s Country Club. Come Friday, it will have been a week well worked – and you deserve a little dip in the honey pot. So shake those mittens off your paws and join us, you thirsty creatures!
Join us at the following locations:
4:00pm – Blue Door Pub Longfellow
4:45pm – Buster’s On 28th
5:30pm – Mackenzie’s Pub
6:30pm – Triple Rock Social Club
7:30pm – Betty Danger’s Country Club
We’ve kicked off the new year in a big way with the release of our Mexican Honey Imperial Lager, available on draft and in 16 oz. cans. It might be the dead of winter in Minnesota, but this beer will have you in fiesta mode in no time.
As an Imperial Lager, Mexican Honey is bigger, bolder and higher in alcohol content than a traditional lager. At 8 percent ABV and 17 IBUs, this buzzy brew is humming with Amarillo hops and 450 pounds of Mexican orange blossom honey per 30-barrel batch! On first sip, you can expect a clean lager character, and bright mandarin citrus tamed by a subtle malt backbone. With strong aromatic notes of honeycomb and graham cracker, Mexican Honey is crisp, dry, and refreshing. Though golden in color, this lager fits in surprisingly well in cold months when you just can’t stomach another stout.
Mexican Honey Imperial Lager was the proud recipient of the Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival 2014. This year it has a new look worthy of that title, with a fresh can design, featuring the work of local artist, Chuck U. Just can’t bring yourself to open one of these beauties? This lager ages well up to one year (check the best by date on the bottom of the can) in cold storage, and the honey flavor varies in strength over time.
Mexican Honey is available now, but don’t start that siesta because we’re not done celebrating! We’ll be taking flight at the end of the month, bringing some of this honey to all you thirsty creatures around the city. Follow our social media channels for up-to-date info on this event. Until then, grab a pint or can of this award-winning cerveza, and you’ll see it’s all buzz, no bite!