When it comes to giving back, there are gestures big and small. Take our bike pump, mounted outside of the taproom’s patio gate for our two-wheeling guests. That’s one small thing we can do to encourage folks to bike over for a pint of freshly tapped craft beer: it’s fun, economical, and when done safely, good for the body. Then there are the big things we at Indeed Brewing can do, like hosting the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) here in the taproom as part of ‘Indeed We Can’ on Wednesday September 24th! If you haven't heard the word on 'Indeed We Can,' it's our charitable giving program, with which we welcome employee-selected nonprofits to our taproom for a night and donate the proceeds to their chosen cause.
The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is dedicated to making Minnesota a more bike-friendly state through education and advocacy, and was selected for ‘Indeed We Can’ by Indeed Brewing Company co-founder Nathan Berndt. When asked why he chose BikeMN, he told us, “Growing up, I competed in both mountain and road racing, and worked as professional bicycle mechanic for almost ten years. As more and more people ride bike, there is a need for safety, educating and re-educating both bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians about sharing the road, obeying traffic signals, and safety.”
Here in Minnesota we love our bikes, and we love enjoying the great outdoors on two wheels. The next step is to make sure we’re doing so safely, with the help of groups like the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. Join us in the taproom (by bike, if you please!) on Wednesday September 24th from 3pm - 11pm. Representatives from BikeMN will be here, too, performing free bike inspections and minor adjustments, sharing their vision of a safe and inclusive bike culture in our state, and of course, enjoying Indeed beer along with you.
In addition to BikeMN’s 'Indeed We Can' Wednesday, we’ve got a few other evenings planned:
- Affinity Plus Foundation, Wednesday October 8. Chosen by Ben Hering
- Center for Victims of Torture, Wednesday October 29. Chosen by Adam Burgstede
Save the dates! We'll see you in the taproom. #ColdBeerWarmFuzzies #IndeedWeCan
Bidding farewell to the bared skin and UV rays of summer can be hard, but remember: sweater weather means you can cover up and chow down on all the comfort food and drink fall brings. Toss those jorts aside and shimmy into something a little more comfortable with Sweet Yamma Jamma, Indeed’s seasonal spiced sweet potato ale.
We’re teaming up with four local Minneapolis eateries to bring you a taste of fall, crafted with our versatile, culinary-minded Sweet Yamma Jamma. Indeed Brewing Company, joined by Tiny Diner, Bryant Lake Bowl, Pat’s Tap, and Red Stag Supper Club, is proud to present: The Kids’ Table (All Grown Up), the beer-soaked holiday dinner you actually want to attend!
The chef behind each of the four restaurants has developed a recipe using Sweet Yamma Jamma as an ingredient, which will pop up on menus in consecutive two week installments, culminating in a three-course prix fixe harvest-inspired menu at the Red Stag Supper Club. Recipes from each restaurant will be available on our blog, and in select liquor stores where Sweet Yamma Jamma is sold, to help you prepare your own Thanksgiving feast at home.
First up is Tiny Diner, presenting Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sweet Yamma Jamma-braised Collard Greens, on the menu between September 1st and September 14th. In their own words, “The Tiny Diner and Farm is a small place with big ideas. We believe it’s the little things that count, so we’re creating menus with as many local foods as we can, including the stuff we grow ourselves.” Local beer meets local food to create a seasonal, sustainable dish you’ll want to savor while you can. We’ll meet you at Tiny Diner!
Sweet potato gnocchi with Sweet Yamma Jamma-braised collard greens, from the Tiny Diner kitchen
Sweet potato gnocchi:
- 1 pound of potatoes, roughly half Idaho potato, half sweet potato
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese- grated
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
With a fork, poke holes in the potatoes, and place them on top of a bed of salt. Cover and bake for roughly 2 hours. When they are fork tender, peel off the skin and pass them through a food mill (preferred and most reliable method), or grate them over the large holes of a box grater into a bowl. While potatoes are hot, add in the cheese, salt, pepper, and chopped rosemary. Fold in half the flour, mix, then add the rest of the flour. Do not over mix, dough should be slightly firm. Roll out into a rope and cut into bite-size pieces.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Turn the water down to a simmer, and add the gnocchi. Cook a small amount of gnocchi at a time, letting the gnocchi simmer for about a minute. Once the minute is up, tossed the gnocchi onto an oiled sheet pan or plate. Use within 5 days or freeze up to a month.
Indeed Sweet Yamma Jamma-braised collard greens:
- 1 onion, small diced
- 3 shallots, minced
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- 5 lbs collard greens, chopped
- 2 cans Indeed Sweet Yamma Jamma (sweet potato ale brewed with spices)
- Vegetable stock, homemade or low-sodium if store bought, to cover
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
Sweat onions with garlic and shallots, then add the tomatoes, collard greens, Sweet Yamma Jamma, and enough vegetable stock to cover everything by an inch or so. Simmer over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes. Top your sweet potato gnocchi with braised greens and broth.
Whoever said less is more never had to give up a front row spot at a long-anticipated show to battle the masses at the bar. Now, with the release of Indeed Day Tripper tallboy cans, folks won’t have to miss a beat.
The first chance to grab a canned pint of Day Tripper will be at First Avenue’s Main Room, where the Black Lips will be playing on Wednesday September 17th, with special guest The King Kahn & BBQ Show. Both bands boast unique yet similar takes on garage rock, and are notorious in the punk scene for their often wild, always unforgettable live performances.
Indeed Brewing Company is thrilled to be partnering with such a storied venue as First Avenue and this particular lineup of innovative, energetic, and talented bands to release this new product. “There’s nothing like a cold tallboy of craft beer at a show,” says Indeed co-founder Nathan Berndt. “It’s an enhanced experience, one Indeed hopes to spread around the Twin Cities’ wealth of live entertainment venues with the addition of Day Tripper tallboys.”
Indeed Day Tripper tallboy cans will be available exclusively at First Avenue on September 17th. Beyond the release at First Avenue, look for tallboys to be popping up in select Twin Cities music, theater, sports and stadium venues. More is officially more, so go big with Day Tripper tallboys, then go home safely, with a planned sober ride.
You already know there’s no shortage of new and outlandish deep-fried food on a stick, but did you know that the Minnesota State Fair has embraced creative fare of a sudsier variety with the inclusion of home state breweries like Indeed?
Be the first to get your hands on this year’s batch of Sweet Yamma Jamma, pouring exclusively at the Ball Park Cafe, the Fair’s “Craft Brew Territory” located on Underwood Street just outside of The Garden. Brewed with sweet potatoes and a bouquet of special spices, this seasonal ale will ease you into fall. Grab a pint and wash down a basket of Day Tripper-battered onion rings before heading over to the Grandstand, where you can take in a show with Indeed in hand, too.
Need even more craft beer? Silly question, of course you do! Whether you’re looking to up your homebrew game with newly showcased gear, or improve your tasting vocabulary with a lecture from a certified cicerone, make the ‘Land of 10,000 Beers’ your craft beer home for the duration of the fair. Hosted by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild (MNCBG) and housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture building, this showcase is your one-stop shop for all things craft beer, from grain to glass.
Indeed will be on site from Thursday August 21st until the Fair ends on Labor Day, and we’re serving up the good stuff with sampling flights available. We’ll have seven styles of Indeed beer flowing throughout the course of the Fair for tasting, including limited edition seasonals and cask-versions of our flagship beers, Day Tripper and Midnight Ryder.
We know the State Fair can be an overwhelming undertaking, but when you plan around good beer, everything else just falls into place. See you there, at the State Fair, from August 21st to September 1st! Stop by, say hello, and celebrate all things craft beer with Indeed Brewing Company and just under 2,000,000 of your neighbors.
Just a few short months ago we launched our ‘Indeed We Can’ initiative, and it’s already picking up speed! So far we've had the chance to host Minnesota Land Trust and Trylon Microcinema in our taproom on their very own dedicated Wednesday nights, with the proceeds from those evenings of Indeed beer imbibing going directly to those organizations. Folks had a chance to meet the hardworking people behind both local nonprofits and learn more about what drives them, from clean water preservation to promoting classic and independent film.
Now, we’re gearing up for our next ‘Indeed We Can’ Wednesday, when we’ll be welcoming the Domestic Abuse Project to the brewery from 3-11pm on August 27th. Established in 1979, this nonprofit’s mission is simple: break the cycle of domestic violence, one person at a time, through education, therapy, and advocacy.
The Domestic Abuse Project is sponsored by Taproom Manager Kayla Erbach, who, while working towards a Sociology major focused on Law, Criminology and Deviance, took an array of eye-opening classes that spurred her to pursue work that would make a positive impact on other peoples’ lives. “Since I wasn’t professionally trained to assist with counseling,” explains Kayla, “I worked part-time for Domestic Abuse Project as a childcare provider while parents were participating in therapy sessions. They are doing great work in our local community, helping to end domestic violence by empowering victims and educating all parties involved.”
‘Indeed We Can’ is an entirely employee driven program, and that’s a huge part of what makes it special. In Kayla’s own words: “I love that I was allowed to choose an organization that I was passionate about and be able to contribute in a way that I could not do on my own. The same is true for our customers! If you were planning on a Wednesday night out, why not stop by the taproom and contribute to a good cause? Indeed We Can is a platform for everyone to come together for the greater good and that's worthy of raising our glasses.”
Well said, Kayla! We’ll drink to that. Join us in the taproom on Wednesday, August 27th, and see what we can do, together.