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.
The Mosaic hops used in Fresh Hop are harvested only once a year, and deliver a uniquely robust flavor and aroma. They bring flavors of dank, resinous hops as well as more subtle notes of citrus and stone fruit. Fresh Hop pours a beautiful bright gold with a big rocky head, packed with aromas of hops, blueberry, melon and citrus.
Fresh Hop Ale is only around for a short time, so make sure to get it while you can. Find it in a pint glass near you in our cozy Northeast taproom, or at any of the locations listed below. It was just delivered yesterday, but who knows how long it will last. Come get fresh with us!
Find Fresh Hop Ale at all Red Cow locations, all Blue Door Pub locations, Pizza Luce Downtown, New Bohemia NE, Sporty’s Pub & Grill, The Unofficial, Up-Down, Stub & Herbs, Ray J’s NE, Reverie Cafe & Bar, The Bulldog Uptown, Mackenzie’s, Sweeney’s Saloon, Sea Salt, Grumpy’s NE, Muddy Waters, Dark Horse Bar & Eatery, Ox Cart Ale House, Buster’s on 28th and Smack Shack.
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.
So what’s exactly in store? Come on down to help us celebrate Yamma Jamma’s return and the release of Rum King 2016 in the taproom. We’ll also be rolling out our cask pyramid – featuring more beers than ever before. To keep you fueled up to get down, Blue Door Pub will be here slinging those heavenly bodies we call blucys and totchos. Aki’s BreadHaus will be also be on site, serving up warm, salty (and vegan!) pretzels with Day Tripper beer mustard, and Frio Frio will satisfy your sweet tooth with Indeed beer-inspired popsicles. Plus, bring the kiddos or your own inner child, and get your art on with GetKnit’s craft stations from 12pm-4pm on Sunday. It’s a yam-packed fall festival with all the fixins.
Hullabaloo takes place October 8th, 12pm to 11pm, and October 9th, 12pm to 8pm. This event is FREE to attend, and tented - so it's going down rain or shine! Because of the large, noisy and sometimes rowdy nature of this event, please leave your furry friends at home – and tiny humans, please head out of the taprooms by 8pm. This event is CASH ONLY, so bring the green with you to avoid ATM lines.
PS – In case you haven’t heard, Rum King is releasing in cans this year! So we won’t be selling any packaged Rum King 2016 at the brewery. However, on Sunday we will have bottle sales of Rum King 2015 and limited verticals for the taking.
RSVP on Facebook for updates, info and everything Hullabaloo.
12:30 – Catbath
1:30 – Bruise Violet
2:30 – Mary Allen & The Percolators
3:30 – Driftwood Pyre
4:30 – Porcupine
5:30 – Little Man
7:30 – Butcher's Union
8:45 – Night Moves
1:00 – Dusty Heart
2:00 – Actual Wolf
3:00 – Southside Desire
4:00 – Jack Klatt (trio)
5:00 – Romantica
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.
To get into the nitty-gritty of everything about our imperial stout and answer your burning questions about Rum King’s break with the bottle, we sat down with our quality manager, Daniel.
Why package Rum King in cans, instead of bottles?
Both cans and bottles have their pros and cons. Cans tend to do a better job at protecting the beer from its enemies – sunlight and oxygen. The opaque nature of the can and very tight seal of the lid make it an ideal package for keeping beer fresher for a longer time. Cans are also lighter and easier to transport.
Will Rum King taste different this year, has anything changed with the recipe?
The flavor profile of Rum King changes a bit each year. While we use the same recipe, the variation in the rum barrels and aging conditions of the barrels ultimately give the beer much of its character, and these factors change year to year. The canning process won’t affect the taste of the beer.
How do you get Rum King out of barrels and into cans?
First, every barrel is tasted for off-flavors. For Rum King that usually means a sour or acetone flavor. Those barrels that don’t make the cut get dumped. The barrels that do make the cut have the beer removed and are brought to a stainless steel brite tank. Here, the beer is chilled and carbonated. Once cold and fizzy, Rum King is put into cans just like any of our other beers.
How should I serve Rum King? Can I drink it from the can?
We recommend drinking all Indeed beer out of a glass. For cans of Rum King, we suggest pouring the beer into a tulip glass before consuming so you can smell the aroma and check out the color of the beer. A serving temperature of about 45°F is what many people prefer for drinking stouts.
Can I age cans of Rum King?
Sure. While we think the beer tastes great and is ready to drink when you buy it, you can still age it in cans. There is no guarantee that aging the beer is going to improve it, but it might – only time will tell. Aging beer is really a process of oxidization – cans will slow that down, but still do the trick.
How should I store my cans of Rum King?
If you intend to age Rum King, “cellar” temperatures are best at 45-50°F. If you’re planning on drinking it soon, the refrigerator is always a good bet.
So that’s the skinny. But hey, buccaneers, we encourage you to road test it yourself. Find Rum King in limited quantities (so don’t delay) in liquor stores throughout the Twin Cities area and beyond during the second week in October. Plus, heave ho and meet us at 331 Club for the ultimate Rum King release party on October 4th – the absolute first place you’ll find this year’s Rum King on tap, along with vintages from 2015 and 2014, plus Whiskey Queen – quite a lineup. We heard Davy Jones himself might even make an appearance. So batten down the hatches and get those sealegs ready – Rum King is coming soon!
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.
Each batch of Yamma Jamma is made with 240 pounds of real sweet potatoes so you can rest assured that what’s on the can matches what’s in the can. This year we’ve tweaked the recipe of our harvest ale to accentuate its complex malt profile and provide more body. Our fall seasonal beer is brewed with ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Expect flavors of mellow yam and spices, nestled in an oaty-nutty malt ‘crust’ – yep, sweet potato pie in a glass. Yamma Jamma pairs perfectly with Halloween candy and horror movies, but also compliments your uncle’s bad jokes at thanksgiving.
Looking to get your yam on? Find it in cans and on draft at your favorite bars, restaurants and liquor stores. Plus, join us at Indeed on September 15th for a Yamma Jamma Flight Night and Tent Sale. We’ll be serving up our harvest ale, a nitro version, a cypress and vanilla bean infusion and for the first time ever – Yamma Jamma Alabama Slamma. This year, leave the pumpkins for carving - and go yam.
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.
While we’re not sure exactly how many beers we’ve downed along the way (we can only assume millions), we do know that we could never be on this crazy journey without you. We have so much gratitude for our friends – customers, distributors, and all the stores, bars and restaurants that carry our beer. Thanks for your support, patronage and encouragement over the last four years – and here’s to many, many more.
Peep the now and then photos in the post to see what has changed (and what hasn't) in the last four years. Then come visit us this weekend and check it out for yourself. We hope to see you soon. Cheers!