Guess what profession came up for Indeed Brewing Company's head brewer Josh Bischoff during a ninth grade job questionnaire...brewmaster. Learn a little more about Bischoff in a Q&A written by Jessica Fleming at the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
Indeed Brewing Co. opened its taproom and launched its company Friday, Aug. 10. We chatted with head brewer Josh Bischoff about his experience, the craft beer trend and his favorite beers. Cheers!
- NAME: Josh Bischoff
- EXPERIENCE: Professional brewer for more than a decade. Formerly lead brewer at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery for a total of eight years.
- AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS: Won a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in the Herb and Spice category for his beer “L.S.D.” Shared in another six GABF medals over his career at Town Hall Brewery.
- Age: 35
What did you want to be when you grew up? You know, I just kind of fell into brewing, and it worked for me. Oddly enough in ninth grade, when the schools give you a questionnaire to see what you should be, brewmaster came up.
We’re excited to announce Indeed Brewing Company's launch party at Icehouse, MPLS Wednesday August 15th. We’re planning a fun-filled evening, including the first tapping of Shenanigans Summer Ale, a three-course beer pairing menu, and live music to boot.
Join us for the whole evening, or just stop in to mingle at the bar (no cover charge), meet the Indeed crew and try one (or all) of our three inaugural brews at Eat Street's newest hot spot.
5:30 PM – First tapping of Indeed’s Shenanigans Summer Ale!
Try it here first folks, our much-anticipated honey wheat ale debuts at Icehouse, MPLS. In addition to Shenanigans, our two flagships Midnight Ryder and Day Tripper will also be available on tap.
Indeed Beer Dinner (by reservation only)
Icehouse and Indeed have teamed up to offer a beer and food pairing menu. What better way to try all three brews than by matching them up with a specially designed dinner menu from Icehouse?
- First Course: Day Tripper paired with lamb loin with honey comb and goat cheese
- Second Course: Shenanigans paired with skatewing, baby lima beans and wild mushroom
- Third Course: Midnight Ryder paired with cherry terrine and Midnight Ryder ice cream
Limited seats available. (Price: $35. For reservations call 612.276.6523 or book online http://tinyurl.com/d4vkn7f)
10 PM – Bits & Pieces
Fusion, Indie, Rock
Indeed Brewing Company, the much-anticipated Northeast Minneapolis craft brewery start-up announces an August 10 opening of their taproom.
Our beers have been named for quite a while now, but Indeed Brewing Company is happy to reveal that they have faces too! We couldn’t be more excited to finally share them with you.
The two flagship beers: Day Tripper Pale Ale, and Midnight Ryder American Black Ale will be our baseline for hop-forward beers, but don't think we are only about hops because others will soon follow.
Both designs, created by local artist Chuck U, capture the fun and adventurous spirit of Indeed perfectly. The character driven designs and Chuck’s unique style and imagination combine to make some pretty memorable craft cans (in our humble opinion).
In addition to being the perfect beer package, aluminum cans are also a great medium for art and design (http://www.indeedbrewing.com/why-cans/). Packaging our beer in cans allows us to really take advantage of a 360-degree design surface, and do something really eye-catching. Look for these attention grabbing cans to hit local liquor store shelves in early fall.
If you don’t have a crazy can collection like this guy, http://bit.ly/MZwrX5, and aren’t inclined to start one, fear not, you can still hold onto a piece of Indeed. A limited release custom-designed Chuck U poster will accompany each of our flagship beers. Stay tuned for details and dates on the upcoming poster release!
And what about the beer you say? We plan to brew batch no. 1 early this week.
Until two weeks ago we referred to our space at Indeed Brewing Company in NE Minneapolis as “site” or “the building.” But ever since we received the 30 BBL brewhouse, manufactured by Specific Mechanical, we call it a brewery!
Just like Mario and Luigi in Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. we made the pipe connections for the mash tun, kettle, and hot & cold liquor tanks ourselves. A grist hopper, which looks something like a water tower, is placed on stilts and rests just above the mash tun. Then on brew day, the malt is released and cascades (no pun intended, this is the mash tun for criminy sake) into the mash tun from just above it. As soon as we have supplies and the steam piping is inspected, we will run a test mash to determine boil off and efficiency of the sparkling new stainless steel system.
Josh Bischoff, Indeed’s award winning head brewer, has been studying his new “office.” It’s all knobs, switches, and valves. A bit of luxury from what he has been used to over the last ten years as a professional brewer. He’s also been planning out his “brew day” routine to make sure we get this puppy humming before it’s time to get serious and brew batch no. 1. Josh has also been fine-tuning the two flagships: Day Tripper Pale Ale and Midnight Ryder American Black Ale. (Don’t worry; we still plan to release a seasonal at launch as well. We’ll fill-in the details very soon.)
Everyday new pieces of equipment like coolers, a bottle filler (for 750 mL bottles) arrive for delivery, but we still have two outstanding pieces of key equipment: the fermenting vessels / brite tanks, and the canning line. Both of which are en route to the brewery. Meanwhile, our friend and skilled carpenter Bob, has begun work on the 30-foot bar in the taproom. The red oak he cut down by hand on his family property in Wisconsin was quarter-cut by him and then driven to Iowa to be kiln dried. We are very excited to this see this piece of furniture in our taproom, which we think of as your new living room.
We hope to see you really soon as we are still on track to open at the end of July or very early August. Until then…