For months the brewery has been jam-packed with excitement and we just can’t leave this juicy news alone anymore, so we won’t! We’re pumped to announce that Indeed fan favorite Strawberry Fields will join our adventurous lineup of canned beer in late January 2018.
Strawberry Fields was initially released in May 2016 as part of our BFF (Brewery Friends Forever) New Belgium’s “Beers with Vrienden” collaboration series. After gaining a super strong following (yes, we saw your tweets… and your emails… and your handwritten letters), we decided to get the green light to brew it on our own.
“We liked Strawberry Fields so much we got the okay to reprise it,” says our Head Brewer Josh Bischoff. “We kettle sour it with our house Lactobacillus strain, then add Belma hops for their strawberry characteristics. Once the fermentation gets going, we add generous amounts of strawberry.”
The finished product is a light, crisp, and refreshingly tart brew with notes of strawberry and citrus. A perfect pick for both beginning and experienced sour beer drinkers, Strawberry Fields will release on draft and in 12 oz. cans the week of January 22nd. To top it all off with a cherry (or a berry), the cans will feature brand new designs from local artist Chuck U, and look for a painting of the can artwork coming to the taproom soon!
Join us for the release of our Sour Ale at Lone Oak Grill in Eagan on January 25th, starting at 3pm. We’ll tap Strawberry Fields along with several other berry-inspired brews including: Double Chocolate Raspberry Stir Crazy Porter, Blueberry B-Side Pils, and Wooden Soul: In the Thicket, a Wood-Aged Sour Golden Ale with Raspberries.
Strawberry Fields will be a limited release beer, available for only a short time. Be sure to pick it up before it’s gone!
Made for the hazy days of summer, Peach Bum IPA is almost ripe for the picking. With juicy notes of peach cobbler, tart citrus and tropical-tasting hops, Peach Bum joins our adventurous line-up of IPA offerings on draft and in 12 oz. cans with designs by local artist Chuck U. Sun drenched and juicy, it's sure to become your new summer jam.
The idea for Peach Bum IPA was planted last year, when our Head Brewer Josh Bischoff created an IPA for Indeed’s Derailed Series, a series of experimental beers. He was looking to create a new, fruity, lighter colored IPA to enjoy in the warm summer months. Josh selected a different yeast than the ones we usually brew our hoppy beers with, instead choosing a strain known to produce super fruity flavors. For the all-important hop bill, he selected American hops that are also known to bring strong fruit character to beer - Mosaic, Citra, Azacca and Centennial. Fruity, juicy, and inviting, Derailed: IPA became a fast favorite in the taproom, both among customers and our staff.
After some consideration, and a few beers, our brewing team decided it would be fun to take Derailed: IPA one step further—the addition of peach built on the fruit flavors already present in the brew, creating a juicy, refreshing, and easy-drinking beer. Capped off with a playful name to fit its cheerful spirit, Peach Bum IPA was born.
Peach Bum IPA hits store shelves and tap towers next week, just in time for the warmest months of the season. We're kicking off the release with a Peach Bum IPA Beach Party at Hi-Lo Diner—complete with surf rock, games, giveaways and more. Beach attire encouraged! Life's a peach, so let's party and celebrate summer with our new IPA.
Mic check – one, two. Is this thing on? We’re introducing B-Side Pils, a fresh spin on an old favorite and our cover of a classic. Born from Lead Brewer Dan Stavig’s love of German beer, B-Side is crafted as a traditional Pilsner you can enjoy without leaving the country – and probably without leaving the bar. Crisp and clean, crushable and complex, B-Side was made to take you off the clock and on to what makes you tick. It’s quickly become our staff’s go to brew, and we think you’ll agree that our Pilsner is a perfect companion for whatever you do that makes you, you.
B-Side Pils is crafted with a traditional German malt bill and a blend of Hallertauer Mittelfruh and Mandarina Bavaria hops, landing at 5.1% ABV and 35 IBU. Our Pilsner is naturally carbonated, providing a soft fizziness that floats spicy, flowery and bready aromas with notes of citrus. Each pour is clear as day and straw gold, topped with a dense rocky head. A crackery malt base with floral noble hops and orange zest ushers in snappy bitterness and a clean, dry finish. Oh – and before you know it, your glass is empty and you’re ready for another.
To celebrate the release of B-Side Pils, we’ve teamed up with The Current and we’re going on tour in the Twin Cities. Over two nights and nine locations, we'll be winding our way around Saint Paul and Minneapolis - spinning vinyl and sipping our Pilsner. On Friday night, we’re ending the tour at Club Jager and getting the official B-Side Release After Party started, where you can get down at DJ Lenka Paris’ Prince Dance Night. Giveaways, good times and great beer included. Come with us and #FlipToYourBSide.
Go on tour:
Thursday, February 23rd - St. Paul
Lone Oak Grill - 4:30-5:30pm
Tiffany Sports Lounge - 5:45-6:30pm
Dark Horse Bar & Eatery - 6:45-7:45pm
Half Time Rec - 8:00pm
Friday, February 24th - Minneapolis
Punch Bowl Social Minneapolis - 4:30-5:30pm
Muddy Waters - 5:45-6:30pm
Up-Down Minneapolis - 6:35-7:15pm
Grumpy's Bar & Grill - 7:30-8:15pm
Clubhouse Jäger - 8:30pm
B-Side Pils releases in 12oz cans featuring the artwork of Chuck U during the week of February 20th. Find it on tap at your favorite bars and restaurants, and always in our Northeast taproom.
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!
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!