Hello, Helio! It’s time to welcome back Wooden Soul: Heliotropic, a Brett Saison Aged in Oak Barrels. The original release from our wild, sour, and barrel-aged Wooden Soul series, Heliotropic returns this summer in handy 375 ml bottles for your on-the-go, beachcombing, park roaming season.
Wooden Soul: Heliotropic is a Brett Saison that’s aged in oak vessels for five to six months. But before you pop that cork, there’s a lot more to uncover. The journey begins in our Northeast brewery where Heliotropic is brewed with a Belgian saison yeast strain, several kinds of malt, and Hallertau and Willamette hops. After fermentation, the beer is moved to our off-site warehouse and barrel room. There, several wild yeast strains are added to the beer and it ages at room temperature in oak barrels and foeders (essentially giant wooden barrels) for around half a year.
While Heliotropic ages, it develops flavors of tropical fruit, over-ripe fruit, and funk and is tasted multiple times for quality control (and for fun). After five to six months, we believe this beer starts to peak, and is almost ready to drink. The beer from both the barrels and foeders is blended, then brought back over to the brewery for packaging. At this time, we begin the lengthy process of hand bottling (we can only fill about two bottles per minute vs. our canning line which can run at 40 cans per minute!). Heliotropic is then bottle conditioned, meaning extra yeast and sugar are added before the bottles are corked, creating a more lively carbonation. The bottles are left to sit and let the yeast do its thing (convert sugar into CO2, #science) for another few weeks. Then the bottles are hand labeled and boxed up to ship out to stores.
So, are we ready to taste now? At first pour, big vinous aromas will greet you, with notes of passionfruit and plum, plus a hint of bubble gum and fruit flavor. Straw colored with a copper glow and haze, Heliotropic is dry, waxy, tart and well-balanced with fruity flavors from the Brett yeast strains. Its moderate to high carbonation (thanks bottle conditioning!) make it a fizzy and refreshing treat on a sunny, summer day. We think Helio is ready for your mouth right now, but you can age it for up to one year to produce even more vinous, wine-like flavors.
Wooden Soul: Heliotropic hits shelves in 375 ml bottles next week. You can also find it on tap in select locations in the Twin Cities and beyond, or try it on the patio of our Northeast taproom. They say life is all about the journey, but in Heliotropic’s case, that first sip sure is a fine final product.
Made for the hazy days of summer, Peach Bum IPA is almost ripe for the picking. With juicy notes of peach cobbler, tart citrus and tropical-tasting hops, Peach Bum joins our adventurous line-up of IPA offerings on draft and in 12 oz. cans with designs by local artist Chuck U. Sun drenched and juicy, it's sure to become your new summer jam.
The idea for Peach Bum IPA was planted last year, when our Head Brewer Josh Bischoff created an IPA for Indeed’s Derailed Series, a series of experimental beers. He was looking to create a new, fruity, lighter colored IPA to enjoy in the warm summer months. Josh selected a different yeast than the ones we usually brew our hoppy beers with, instead choosing a strain known to produce super fruity flavors. For the all-important hop bill, he selected American hops that are also known to bring strong fruit character to beer - Mosaic, Citra, Azacca and Centennial. Fruity, juicy, and inviting, Derailed: IPA became a fast favorite in the taproom, both among customers and our staff.
After some consideration, and a few beers, our brewing team decided it would be fun to take Derailed: IPA one step further—the addition of peach built on the fruit flavors already present in the brew, creating a juicy, refreshing, and easy-drinking beer. Capped off with a playful name to fit its cheerful spirit, Peach Bum IPA was born.
Peach Bum IPA hits store shelves and tap towers next week, just in time for the warmest months of the season. We're kicking off the release with a Peach Bum IPA Beach Party at Hi-Lo Diner—complete with surf rock, games, giveaways and more. Beach attire encouraged! Life's a peach, so let's party and celebrate summer with our new IPA.
Ready for another summer of cinema under the stars? The Traveling Patio Picture Show is back, presented by Trash Film Debauchery, Indeed Brewing Company and Trylon Microcinema. Take in four totally rad 80s movies at Up-Down Minneapolis, Grumpy’s NE, Clubhouse Jager and Mackenzie Pub. Because we love you, all movies are free to attend and start at sundown (around 8:30pm). So grab a beer, take a seat, and get ready to enjoy the show!
6/28 GLEAMING THE CUBE (1989) @ Grumpy’s NE
7/25 BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO (1984) @ Clubhouse Jäger
8/23 MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987) @ Mackenzie Pub
THE WIZARD (1989) @ Up-Down Minneapolis
After his little brother, Jimmy (Luke Edwards), is put in a mental institution, Corey (Fred Savage) breaks him out and the pair run off together to California. On their travels, Corey meets a girl named Haley (Jenny Lewis) and discovers that Jimmy is a master at playing video games. With talents like his, he could easily win the top prize of $50,000 at Video Armageddon. While the three travelers hitchhike to the competition, the boys' parents hire a bounty hunter to track them down.
GLEAMING THE CUBE (1989) @ Grumpy’s NE
Slacker Brian (Christian Slater) discovers his adopted brother, Vinh (Art Chudabala), has been killed and his murder made to look like a suicide. With the help of a local detective Al Lucero (Steven Bauer), Brian and his skateboarding crew featuring Buddy (Tony Hawk), Yabbo (Max Perlich) and Gremic (Christian Jacobs) work together to solve the mystery and avenge Vinh’s death.
BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO (1984) @ Clubhouse Jäger
Disappointed with her small part in the chorus line of a Los Angeles show, jazz dancer Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) quits and heads home. Her father (John Christy Ewing) disapproves of Kelly's friendship with street dancers Ozone (Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones) and Turbo (Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers), and encourages her to pursue an opportunity to perform in Paris. Ignoring his wishes, Kelly teams up with her friends for a break-dancing benefit show to save an endangered community center.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987) @ Mackenzie Pub
When the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) finds a mysterious power called the Cosmic Key, he becomes nearly invincible. However, courageous warrior He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) locates inventor Gwildor (Billy Barty), who created the Key and has another version of it. During a battle, one of the Keys is transported to Earth, where it is found by teenagers Julie (Courteney Cox) and Kevin (Robert Duncan McNeill). Now both He-Man and Skeletor's forces arrive on Earth searching for the potent weapon.
We can’t promise fine china or finger sandwiches, but Whirlygig 2017 will bring you tea - in a pint glass. Indeed Brewing and Dangerous Man Brewing will release their collaboration beer at the event during Art-A-Whirl® weekend, May 19, 20 and 21. The beer, an Amber Ale with Tea, is the second offering from Indeed’s Flock Together collaboration series.
Beer BFFs Indeed and Dangerous Man began a long-awaited first collaboration last year during Red Stag’s In Cahoots! Block Party. “We got together at Dangerous Man to kick ideas around and decided that whatever we came up with, we were going to incorporate tea into the beer somehow,” says Indeed Head Brewer Josh Bischoff. After considering a few styles, Bischoff and Dangerous Man Head Brewer Rob Miller chose to create an Imperial White IPA brewed with Orange Ginger Tea from Tea Source.
Their first tea brew made them thirsty for more, sparking the Flock Together collaboration. “We had so much fun using tea in our In Cahoots! collaboration brew, that we wanted to do another tea beer and take it a step further,” explains Bischoff. Miller and Bischoff met with staff at Tea Source in Roseville, Minnesota and each created a unique tea blend for their respective breweries. Indeed’s tea blend is made with black tea, apple pieces, cocoa peel and vanilla, while Dangerous Man’s tea blend is made with rooibos, apple pieces, orange peel, cocoa bits, cinnamon and cloves. The two brewers chose a rich Amber Ale as a harmonious backdrop to highlight both blends. Each batch of beer is made with 20 pounds of tea - quite a cuppa.
Indeed’s version of the Dangerous Man collaboration, Flock Together: Amber Ale with Tea will be released at Indeed Brewing during Whirlygig 2017 on May 19, before becoming available in bars and restaurants. The beer is expected to have rich caramel and raisin notes with flavors of vanilla and chocolate. For those looking for an actual cup of tea, the Indeed Tea Source blend will be available for sale in limited quantities in our gear shop. Be sure and stop into Dangerous Man’s Northeast taproom to try their iteration of Amber Ale with Tea, also releasing on May 19.
Did you hear the buzz? Mexican Honey makes its return on the first of May. Refreshing and dangerously smooth as ever, our award-winning Imperial Lager is back in 16 oz. cans and on draft. Yep, it’s officially fiesta time.
Mexican Honey gets its name from its specialty ingredient (you guessed it), imported Mexican Orange Blossom Honey. Every 30-barrel batch is carefully brewed with 450 pounds of honey and a healthy dose of Amarillo hops, giving our Imperial Lager a satisfying sweetness that’s offset by citrus and floral notes. A highly anticipated and crowd-pleasing favorite, Mexican Honey will be available through the summer. Drink it now or pack that honey away for winter hibernation, this beer is good to age for up to one year. Winner of the Silver Medal in the Specialty Honey Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival, Mexican Honey remains a charming cerveza that’s all buzz, no bite.
Since we’re just in time for Cinco De Mayo, we’ll be buzzing over to Jefe Urban Hacienda on May 5th from 4pm to 10pm in celebration of our Imperial Lager. We’ll sip on Mexican Honey while we enjoy live music, Mexican street fare, and patio weather (fingers crossed!). And don’t miss a $10 beer bump special at Bulldog Uptown featuring a 12 oz pour of Mexican Honey and a shot of Don Julio Blanco tequila, flowing all month long.
Mexican Honey will be released the week of May 1st in the Twin Cities area and beyond. It is available in 16 oz cans and on draft through the summer months.