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Oct 18/12

'Crafting A Nation,' Indeed

If by chance  you've been living off Earth like Bob McKenzie in Strange Brew (1983), and searching for beer after a nuclear holocaust; Minnesota, along with many other states, is in the midst of a craft beer boom. This means more great beer is on the way, but just as important, and sometimes overlooked, is that breweries and brewpubs are creating jobs and tax revenue,  and all by very passionate people with no sign of letting up.

Just in the last year, countless breweries and brew pubs  have opened all over the Twin Cities and out state Minnesota, including: Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub, Badger Hill BrewingLucid Brewing, Steel Toe Brewing, Excelsior Brewing, and Pour Decisions Brewing; and future places like 612Brew, Northgate, Dangerous Man Brewing to name several, plus many more.  According to the Minnesota Craft Brewer's Guild there  are approximately 35 breweries and brew pubs in Minnesota, many more on the way. About one year ago, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wrote on his blog, "The business of Minneapolis is...BEER." Turns out he was spot on given many of the aforementioned breweries are, or will, be in Minneapolis. The others are all located within the Twin Cities.  According to Mayor Rybak's 2013 Budget Address to the City Council in August, more than 100 jobs have been created related to the brewing industry in Minneapolis.

Shortly after we opened our taproom about eight weeks ago, we had the privilege to be visited by a very cool group of craft beer lovers that were producing a documentary about...surprise, local CRAFT BEER. "Crafting A Nation," tells the story of passionate and dedicated people in the brewing industry. Crafting A Nation recently released a trailer of their documentary to open in 2013 (we hope to premiere at our brewery, outside on the patio maybe).

More info from Crafting A Nation:

Despite the economic downturn currently in America, a new exciting industry is on the rise.  The American Craft Brewers are truly rebuilding the economy from the ground up. They are creating great beer while also creating jobs, tax revenue, and a drive that cannot be stopped for creating a better tomorrow.

This documentary follows several of the key players in the industry as well as many breweries that are only known within their communities. The characters that we follow in this film all display a common thread of creating a product that stands for something while maintaining true to their local roots.

This principal photography was shot nationwide. We have selected different states that represent different sections of the United States: Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and North Carolina. Each state was selected for a particular purpose. We could not go to all 50 states.

Crafting A Nation features breweries, small businesses, and individuals that are growing because of the rise in the American craft beer movement. The characters that have been selected for this film are all picked for their passion, and dedication. Our characters are striving to not only create unique and American-made but they are also committed to the improvement of the quality of life despite the odds faced by the economic downturn.

Oct 11/12

Indeed Brewing Company Flagship Beer Now Available in Cans

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, OCTOBER 11, 2012 — Indeed Brewing Company announces the start of their in-house canning operations.

The brewery, which opened its taproom and began wholesale keg distribution in August, will increase production to include packaging 12-oz. aluminum cans.

The company will offer six-packs of their two flagship beers, Midnight Ryder American Black Ale and Day Tripper Pale Ale. The cans, which feature illustrations by local artist Chuck U, will debut in select liquor stores beginning Thursday, October 11 with plans to increase distribution metro-wide as the company grows.

“We’re really anxious to be able to get our beer out there in cans. Canning was such a big part of our start-up plan from the beginning, and the opportunity to share our beer with more people is really exciting,” says co-owner Tom Whisenand.

Statewide, Indeed is the only local craft brewery to offer their beer in 12-oz. aluminum cans. “We wanted to package in 12-oz cans for many reasons, one of which is that they fit in really well with the types of things we like to do. It’s great to be able to throw some cans in a backpack and go for a hike or a bike ride, something that is really hard to do with bottles,” says co-owner Nathan Berndt.

The trend in canning craft beer continues to grow as more consumers become aware of the advantages of cans.

“Cans are just better containers for beer,” says Berndt. “They are completely light resistant, which make them the ideal package for our hand-crafted beer.”

For a complete list of locations that offer Indeed beer, visit:

Indeed we CAN from Indeed Brewing Company on Vimeo.


Founded in 2011, Indeed Brewing Company Brewing was founded by friends Tom Whisenand, Nathan Berndt and Rachel Anderson. Their aim was to bring more quality craft beer to Minnesota and have fun doing it. It is this passion for beer and adventure that inspires Indeed Brewing Company to create their one-of-a-kind handcrafted brews. As an invested member of the community, Indeed donates at least one percent of its annual sales to local and national non-profit organizations as part of One Percent for the Planet, a movement that encourages corporate philanthropy for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment.

Oct 5/12

Hullabaloo 2012: Autumn Release Fest @ Indeed Brewing

There is a nip in the fall air these days, and we at Indeed embrace the changing seasons with open arms (and beer)!

We love this time of year! Who doesn’t love kicking piles of crackling leaves? To celebrate we are throwing a little shindig at the taproom Saturday, October 13th: And we’re calling it our first annual Indeed Hullabaloo Autumn Release Fest!

This year we’ve planned some special releases you won’t want to miss!

  • 3:00 PM: Tapping of Sweet Yamma Jamma Sweet Potato Ale
  • 4:00 PM: Tapping of Midnight Ryder infused with poblano pepper
  • 5:00 PM: Tapping of Haywire Double American Black Ale

We’ll also be releasing a limited supply of both Haywire and Sweet Yamma Jamma in 750 mL bottles.

And to make the day even more special, we’re partnering with The Blue Door Pub who will be serving up some tasty fall-inspired burgers and sides. Stay tuned for more menu details on Facebook and Twitter.

Hope you’re as excited as we are to see what the Hullabaloo is all about!

Sep 11/12

Exit summer, enter fall, and new beer offerings

If you've visited us in our taproom you may have noticed the Indeed crew's lack tans as we have spent virtually the entire summer inside of the brewery usually arriving before the sun had risen and departing long after it had set.

While this summer has mostly passed us by we are excited to embrace the changing seasons and brew unique, single batch beers to celebrate them.

First up, in celebration of the harvest we will release our Fresh Hop ale in our taproom on Thursday, September 20. Brewed with 150 pounds wet Centennial hops harvested just the day before in Washington's Yakima Valley, this sessionable pale ale was brewed with 100% Irish Stout Malt.

Coming in October will be our Sweet Potato Ale brewed in the unique American craft beer tradition of Pumpkin Beers. Look for this beer on a nitrogen pour in our taproom and on draft at local bars and restaurants. In addition we will release very limited and experimental double black ale, Haywire, that we brewed using insane amounts of hops.

Finally when mercury really starts to drop we will release our winter seasonal, Stir Crazy, a winter warmer brewed with brown sugar and raisins.

And if you are absolutely unwilling to let the summer go, we will release one fruit-infused Shenanigan's Summer Ale per taproom day. Each keg has been infused with one of the following fruits: peaches, sweet cherry, blackberry and blueberry.

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Aug 27/12

#MNBeer at the Minnesota State Fair

If you haven't been to the Minnesota State Fair yet, or you missed seeing the the "Land of 10,000 Beers"  exhibit, get on over to the Craft Beer Hall in the Agriculture/Horticulture building to sample 21 MN breweries and brew pubs, including Indeed Brewing.

The Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild (MNCBG) is proud to launch of the inaugural ‘Land of 10,000 Beers’ Craft Beer Hall exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair from Thursday, August 23, until Tuesday, September 3, 9am until 9pm.

Housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture building, the exhibit showcases the best of Minnesota’s craft beer industry and detail the brewing process all the way from the farm to the pint glass. It’ll tell the history of beer culture in Minnesota and highlight our state as a ‘brew-cation destination.’ There’s a root beer section for kids, a ‘brew deck’ stage for daily speakers and craft beer on tap from more than 20 Minnesota breweries.

The MNCBG, created in 2000, is now nearly 50 members strong including 35 breweries and brewpubs – growth of more than 30 percent in just 18 months. Craft beer’s sales growth in dollars was up 14 percent in the first half of 2012, and volume sales were up 12 percent, where volumes of sales of general U.S. beer were down more than 2 percent. The American craft beer revolution is both a national and statewide movement. The State Fair ‘Land of 10,000 Beers’ Craft Beer Hall celebrates this.

For daily updates on beer flights and expert presentations, check out our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter, @mncraftbrew.