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!
So long, farewell, Yamma Jamma! Our Harvest Ale will return this August to reap in one last season before hitting the hay. Conceived as an alternative to the ever growing patch of pumpkin beers, Yamma Jamma is instead brewed with sweet potatoes, a blend of spices, and vanilla. Fit to pair with crunchy leaves, casseroles and sweater weather, Yamma is our tribute to coziest of seasons. For one more year, anyway.
As a brewery, we are committed to making beers that are innovative and match what consumers are looking for on the shelf. While Yamma Jamma may have fit this bill five years ago, today tastes are shifting, so we are sending our Harvest Ale off into the sunset with warm regards. We commiserate with all you yam fans out there, we loved Yamma Jamma as well.
But don’t fret for too long, we’ve always got something new around the corner at Indeed. We’re excited to show off what we can accomplish as a brewery in the future, and who knows what we might do next fall. Until then, you can still get your paws on the last batches of Yamma Jamma this year from the end of August into October. Get the first tastes of Yamma Jamma on August 19th during our Five Year Celebration at Icehouse Minneapolis.
They say that birds of a feather flock together, and now they make beer together too. We've hatched a new series of collaborations with friends from near and far - so take a gander.
“Collaborations help fuel the sense of community that lies at the heart of the craft brewing industry,” explains our Co-Founder and Director of Operations Tom Whisenand. “When we consider a collaboration, we’re all about furthering friendships with people that have similar values, and that we believe represent the best in brewing, whether big or small, well-known or just starting out.” Head Brewer Josh Bischoff agrees, saying the short answer to “Why collaborate?” is for the fun. “We like to work with our friends in the industry,” says Bischoff, “taking the different feel of each brewery and putting a little bit of both in the brew, to create something unique and exciting.”
You can check out the first release from Flock Together, a Belgian-style Dubbel made with Hoops Brewing of Duluth, at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild's Winterfest 2017 this weekend. The Hoops brothers have always had a strong influence in our Head Brewer Josh's brewing career, and with the announcement of Hoops Brewing opening this year, Josh thought a collaboration seemed like a fun way to work with an early mentor. Together they decided to twist styles like they do in Belgium - throwing in oddball ingredients like fennel, star anise and agave syrup to make a fun, yet character-loaded, complex ale.
Our previous collaborations feature beers made with New Belgium Brewing and Station 26 Brewing of Colorado, Dangerous Man Brewing and Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub of Minnesota and Jubeck New World Brewing of Iowa. Look out for collaborations with Hoops Brewing, Dangerous Man Brewing, Gamling & McDuck Winery and Tattersall Distilling later this year.
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.
Indeed Brewing Company is excited to announce our new partnerships with Sunny Hill Distributors in the Iron Range and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of International Falls. The addition of these distributors completes our wholesale footprint in Minnesota, allowing us to provide quality craft beer in each and every corner of the North Star state.
Both Sunny Hill and Coca-Cola Bottling Company share our enthusiasm for the expansion. “All of us here at Sunny Hill Distributors could not be more proud to partner with Indeed Brewing Company and bring their fantastic portfolio of craft beers to the northland,” explained Sunny Hill’s owner, Tom Tiburzi. “Indeed has been incredibly supportive and helpful as we roll out their brands in our area and we know with that team behind us, we will grow this brand year over year. We thank the Company’s ownership and employees for the opportunity and we look forward to many successful years as partners in growth.”
“The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of International Falls is excited to add a family of premier Minnesota craft beers to our product lineup,” added Jay Bartowski, an owner of Coca-Cola Bottling Company. “We believe we have a great opportunity to satisfy both our locals and visitors to Voyageurs National Park and Lake of the Woods with the Indeed portfolio. We were looking for an opportunity to satisfy our local customers with a supplier that had a quality Minnesota craft portfolio with brands that are common in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.”
With these additional distribution partners, we now proudly work with eight Minnesota wholesalers, in addition to our self-distribution network in the Twin Cities area, to reach the entirety of the state. Indeed struck its first distribution deal in 2013 with Dahlheimer Beverage, which expects to sell more than 20,000 case equivalents of our beer by this year’s end.
“We're ecstatic to be adding great wholesale partners like Sunny Hill and Coca-Cola Bottling Company to our network. Expanding our distribution to every part of Minnesota has always been a goal for our company,” says Indeed Co-Founder Nathan Berndt. “We have a focus on building our brand in the places we call home.” Indeed expanded distribution to Berndt’s native state of North Dakota last fall. Bringing Indeed's distinct lineup of craft beer into the Iron Range and International Falls marks more good news and continued progress for the brewery, as our company’s growth rate more than doubles the state average for the year.