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.
Old Friend Winter Warmer pours a deep ruby red, and rings in at a toasty 7.5% ABV and 15 IBU. This welcoming brew greets you with flavors of spicy, snappy ginger and burnt toffee, followed by notes of citrus, nutmeg and gingerbread cookies. The perfect fireside companion, Old Friend brings you tidings of comfort and joy with each sip.
Find Old Friend in bars, restaurants and liquor stores in the Twin Cities starting this week. Or, come try it on draft in our cozy Northeast taproom. The perfect brew for gifting or keeping, life’s just better with an Old Friend by your side!
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!
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!