Here at Indeed Brewing Company, we've partnered with Johnson Brothers to expand our distribution territory to North Dakota statewide!
We kicked off this latest expansion at the Fargo Beer Fest on September 26nd, and begin selling beer on October 1st. Beginning November 2nd, Indeed will also begin distributing to Western Minnesota, including Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, and Alexandria. This new territory will be handled by the Artisan Beer Company, a Minnesota craft beer distributor owned by Johnson Brothers.
"We are thrilled to be representing Indeed Brewing," says Todd Johnson, COO of Johnson Brothers. "We've been admirers of these outstanding beers for a long time, and this is exciting news for beer lovers in North Dakota and Western Minnesota."
Indeed’s move to North Dakota feels like coming home for a few key players at the brewery. “Having grown up in Grand Forks, I can’t wait to belly up to the bar and order a pint of Indeed beer in my home state of North Dakota,” says Indeed Brewing Co-founder and President Nathan Berndt. “North Dakota is a state where we want to sell beer, not where we have to sell beer. I can’t wait to help Johnson Brothers bring Indeed beer to all four corners!”
Co-founder Tom Whisenand also has deep roots in North Dakota, where his grandfather owned and operated the Park Package liquor store in Williston for thirty years. “We were all surprised to learn that Bob Nelson at Johnson Brothers used to call on my grandfather at Park Package,” says Whisenand. “It turns out that we go way back with Johnson Brothers, and now we’re looking to the future with them, too.”
Indeed Brewing and Johnson Brothers look forward to bringing Indeed’s full lineup of quality craft beer to Western Minnesota and North Dakota, including seasonal offerings like the newly released Let it Roll IPA and Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale, specialty releases such as barrel-aged Rum King Imperial Stout, and three year-round beers: Dandy Lager Pale Lager, Midnight Ryder Black IPA, and Day Tripper Pale Ale.
Today marks the kick-off of the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado, and we've got an Indeed crew headed out west to join in the festivities! Founded in 1982 and hosted annually, GABF brings together a staggering number of craft breweries from across the country to join in this long-standing, top-notch craft beer fest.
There's a hugely popular ticketed tasting open to the public, and, in the spirit of healthy competition, breweries submit their beers to GABF to be judged by a private panel of experts. Each brewery is allowed to enter up to five beers in a variety of categories. This year Indeed entered these beers for consideration:
- Bock, in the Bock category
- LSD Ale brewed with Lavender, Sunflower Honey, and Dates, in the Herb and Spice category
- Mexican Honey Imperial Lager in the Honey category
- Shenanigans Summer Ale in the American Wheat without Yeast category
- Mojito Shenanigans in the Experimental category
Curious how we choose which beers to submit? Let's tap Head Brewer Josh Bischoff to give us some insight into the selection process. Josh tells us, "We generally start with a list of the brews we think would do well and then start tasting them to see where they are at in there aging process and looking into categories for them. Hoppy categories are always really crowded with over a 100 entries most of the time, so we tend to shy away from those categories. From there it's just a matter of talking through the list and picking what we think is peaking flavor-wise at the right time, and whether there is a category each beer fits nicely into."
You might be wondering, "What makes GABF such a big deal?" Josh explains, "It's a great celebration of American craft beer, and it's pretty cool to be able to get a large percentage of the breweries in the United States in one place for a weekend. The competition itself is really tough. The last few years there's been around 3,000 beers entered with only 92 categories and three medals per category." Thats only 276 medals for thousands of beers entered! This hardware is hard to come by, so winning a medal at GABF is something worth celebrating.
The awards ceremony takes place this Saturday, September 26th, so we'll be on pins and needles from afar waiting to hear the results and wishing good luck to all of our favorite breweries in the competition from Minnesota and beyond. Stay tuned for any big GABF-related news to come!
Lace up your foot-stomping boots and come thirsty, y’all: It’s the 4th Annual Hullabaloo! Two full days YAM-PACKED with the brews, bands, and molten cheese-filled burgers you love. On Saturday October 10th (12-10pm) and Sunday October 11th (12-8pm) we’ll be throwing down with our annual harvest hoe-down. Celebrate the turning of the season with the return of Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale, our Hullabaloo cask wagon, and the release of 2015 Rum King*! Fuel up with eats from Blue Door Pub, get down with music by First Avenue, and knock back your favorite Indeed beer with us. We’re getting everything ready, now we just need you. Let’s Hullabaloo!
The nitty gritty: Hullabaloo is tented and free to attend, and we do party on come RAIN OR SHINE. All ages are welcome, though things do get crowded, loud, and boisterous and we’d prefer the party (like our taproom) to be adults-only after 8pm. We love pooches, but for these two days, please leave them at home. Save on time and ATM fees and bring CASH for the outdoor bars, cask wagon, and can stations. Stay in the know when you RSVP to our event on Facebook here.
Hullabaloo 2015 Line-up
*RUM KING Bottle Release Details
$18.49/bottle, limit 4 bottles per person Bottles will go on sale at 11am, October 10th-11th
After much dust, sweat, and beers, we are proud to unveil The Ox, our auxiliary taproom expansion! Boasting a beautiful bird's eye maple bar, plenty of seating, and a full tap list, The Ox was built to accommodate. Whether it's catching the spillover from a jam-packed Saturday night taproom crowd or housing your next private event, The Ox is here for you!
Coming soon, we'll also have a full Gear Shop to browse and shop in The Ox. Stay tuned with us on social media or by signing up for our newsletter, and we'll keep you posted with details on the grand opening.
On the first floor of the Solar Arts Building, just down the hall from where you usually find us, our new space is big, bright, and most importantly, full of beer! Come see for yourself. We'll meet you at The Ox.
Even if you're not heading back to school this week with fresh kicks and a backpack full of books, we're here with a little math problem to work through.
It's a softball, sure, but we think you'll like it. What do you get when you take a 6-pack of Indeed beer, double it, and pack it all in a handy, portable, shareable container? That's right, 12-packs. A+
12-packs are now available for two of our year-round beers: Day Tripper, our signature hoppy Pale Ale, and Dandy Lager, a crisp, clean Pale Lager. Clear some room in your fridge (you weren't going to eat that kale, let's be honest), and stock up on two of your favorite Indeed beers, now available by the dozen.
For bonus points on this impromptu quiz, when you pick up a 12-pack of Day Tripper you'll get a sneak preview of what our newly redesigned flagship cans will look like, once we work through our existing stock.
Look for 12-packs of Dandy Lager and Day Tripper to hit liquor store shelves this week!