They say that birds of a feather flock together, and now they make beer together too. We've hatched a new series of collaborations with friends from near and far - so take a gander.
“Collaborations help fuel the sense of community that lies at the heart of the craft brewing industry,” explains our Co-Founder and Director of Operations Tom Whisenand. “When we consider a collaboration, we’re all about furthering friendships with people that have similar values, and that we believe represent the best in brewing, whether big or small, well-known or just starting out.” Head Brewer Josh Bischoff agrees, saying the short answer to “Why collaborate?” is for the fun. “We like to work with our friends in the industry,” says Bischoff, “taking the different feel of each brewery and putting a little bit of both in the brew, to create something unique and exciting.”
You can check out the first release from Flock Together, a Belgian-style Dubbel made with Hoops Brewing of Duluth, at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild's Winterfest 2017 this weekend. The Hoops brothers have always had a strong influence in our Head Brewer Josh's brewing career, and with the announcement of Hoops Brewing opening this year, Josh thought a collaboration seemed like a fun way to work with an early mentor. Together they decided to twist styles like they do in Belgium - throwing in oddball ingredients like fennel, star anise and agave syrup to make a fun, yet character-loaded, complex ale.
Our previous collaborations feature beers made with New Belgium Brewing and Station 26 Brewing of Colorado, Dangerous Man Brewing and Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub of Minnesota and Jubeck New World Brewing of Iowa. Look out for collaborations with Hoops Brewing, Dangerous Man Brewing, Gamling & McDuck Winery and Tattersall Distilling later this year.
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.
With the recent purchase of Northern Brewer by Anheuser-Busch InBev, our brewery is making the tough decision to pull our home brew kits from stores. Time and time again, Anheuser-Busch InBev has demonstrated through their calculated acquisitions that their intention is to erode the very principles that the craft beer industry is built upon. Since acquiring well known craft breweries like Goose Island, Elysian, Devil’s Backbone, and 10-Barrel, Anheuser-Busch InBev is now set to provide consumers with the illusion of choice as they expand these brands nationwide, flexing their distribution muscle and consistently pushing small independent breweries out of the market with their pricing strategies. We believe that if they succeed, access to market for small, local, independent breweries will be curtailed and craft beer consumers will suffer as a result.
The employees of Northern Brewer have always been an overwhelmingly positive force in the home and commercial brewing scenes. A number of Indeed employees got their start in the brewing industry at Northern Brewer and we continue to foster positive relationships with many current employees at the company. While we completely support Northern Brewer and its employees, we can’t throw our support behind its new ownership, and that company’s strategy of attempting to control the craft beer market.
While the Pro-Series kits will no longer be available to purchase from Northern Brewer, we’re happy to announce that the full recipes for Day Tripper and Midnight Ryder will now be made available to the public on our website’s new recipe page. We encourage all you ambitious homebrewers to check them out and go forth in pursuit of better homebrewed beer with the help of your local homebrew supply company. In the spirit of fostering new talent and creativity in the craft brewing community, we’ll be periodically releasing other Indeed beer recipes for you to test out and enjoy at home. Let’s all raise a glass to keeping craft beer honest, accessible and fun!
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
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.
Let It Roll pours a deep golden with a white frothy head and weighs in at 6.2% ABV and 86 IBU. Take in the aromas of pineapple, dank citrusy grapefruit, soft tropical papaya, lychee and a hint of sweet caramel before your first sip. This brew is bright, fruity and bursting with hop flavor. Let It Roll cans hit shelves this week. You can also find it on draft in bars, restaurants and of course, right here at Indeed.
But wait – there’s more! We’ve decided to go all out for the release of Let It Roll with a free-for-all skee ball shindig at Up-Down Minneapolis! On Tuesday, August 2nd, skee-daddle on over and sling some balls with us to win tokens, a free beer for every score of 300 and other prizes. If you’re the tip-top, top-notch skee ball wizard, you’ll be named the BrewSkeeBall Ultimate Let It Roller and get a trophy to match. So sharpen that aim, warm up that throwing arm and let it roll, baby, roll!
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.
In March, we traveled to New Belgium’s amazing brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado to make our first jointly brewed beer, Come Together Honey Wheat Wine. This time around, we brought the brewing process home. The New Belgium gang met us in Minneapolis this past April, bringing some signature ingredients with them. “The intent of the beer brewed at Indeed is to be more New Belgium Brewing influenced. We decided on a lighter-bodied base, kettle soured with their house lactobacillus strain,” says Indeed Head Brewer Josh Bischoff. “To tie the two beers together, we wanted to play off both the strawberry character from the Belma hops used in ‘Come Together’ and the name itself. Strawberry Fields was born.”
Strawberry Fields Ale weighs in at 5.4% ABV and 23 IBU. This beer is kettle soured with New Belgium's house lactobacillus strain for tartness, and finished with strawberry post-fermentation to complement the berry notes of the Belma hops used in the brewing process. This hazy red brew has an aroma featuring strawberry, citrus and tart notes. Upon first sip, the taste is light and crisp with noticeable tartness accompanied by a kiss of strawberries. Yep, these strawberries kiss you right on the mouth.
We’ll be releasing Strawberry Fields with New Belgium Brewing at events throughout the Twin Cities next week. Check out the release parties below and our Facebook and let us take you down because we’re going to… Strawberry Fields.
6/7 – 5PM – Stub & Herbs
6/7 – 5PM – MacKenzie Pub
6/8 – 5PM – The Happy Gnome
6/9 – 5PM – Grumpy's Roseville
Strawberry Fields Ale will be available in limited quantities on draft at Indeed Brewing and bars and restaurants in the Twin Cities area. To learn more about New Belgium Brewing visit newbelgiumbrewing.com.