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Thirsty Thursday Indeed

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Happy Thirsty Thursday!

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I’m going to try my hand at mentioning a Twin Cities Brewery on Thursdays each week through the summer. We have so many to recap! I’ve created a new link above to MN Breweries. See it?  This is where I will be listing some of our visits to breweries throughout the metro and maybe beyond… That is, if we get there!

You might know by now that our favorite brewery in the Twin Cities happens to be Dangerous Man. They don’t make a bad beer. Seriously. Even styles we don’t tend to enjoy have wowed us. But you can only get the beer in their taproom. They don’t distribute.

However, I think one of our favorite taprooms is Indeed Brewing Company, which is also located in Northeast Minneapolis. “Nordeast” is a great part of Minneapolis to go on a brewery crawl because there are at least a half dozen taprooms within a five mile radius of each other. Indeed’s taproom has such a warm feel and some of the friendliest bartenders.

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I am a fan of many Indeed beers that you can find distributed in liquor stores and on tap throughout the cities, namely: Midnight Ryder Black Ale and the seasonal Stir Crazy Winter and LSD Honey ales.

But it’s in the taproom that you’ll get to try all of their specialty beers, which are constantly changing!

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The chalkboard above is a well-organized one, that of a typical Indeed evening. Anything above the line can be served in the corresponding sizes listed and are also the only beers on the menu with which you can fill a growler. The specialty pours are below the line. They include beers on cask, beers on nitro and that are infused with other flavors. We find that they like to infuse many beers with chiles {which we think they tend to overdo}, fruits or floral hints, such as hibiscus. You will only find these in the tap room!

Notice the Rum King on the right side of the board? That is my new favorite – an imperial stout aged in rum barrels!!! Alas, it is only served in winter and it goes very quickly…

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Rum King – Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels

What’s annoying though, is that Indeed doesn’t post what’s now on tap on their website. I’m sure that that is because it’s constantly changing. However, they do, from time to time, post their tap selections on social media. You can always check there; but it’s not all-inclusive nor a guarantee that it’s up-to-date. Yes, I find this annoying if I want to make a trip to a brewery worth my while. However, truth be told… I’ve never been to the Indeed taproom and not found an exceptional beer on tap that suits my palate. So what am I complaining about?

I don’t normally enjoy lagers, except for an occasional Corona in the summer. When Indeed released their Mexican Honey Lager, I was skeptical. But I picked it up in the store assuming a Corona-style beer, wanting to give it a opportunity. I did not like it.

Little did I know that itwould be the base of something very special when I arrived at the tap room – the Mexican Cousin: Mexican Honey Lager aged in tequila barrels! Yes!

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Chile Pepper-infused Midnight Ryder (nitro) & Mexican Cousin – Mexican Honey Lager aged in tequila barrels

Another unique beer we loved recently was called BeCheery -a Belgian Dark Strong Ale made with Door County tart cherries. Only we didn’t exactly have that beer… At the tap room we had something more: Barrel-Aged BeCherry – aged in port wine barrels!

Are you detecting a theme here?

Indeed has a good sized taproom and a patio for the summer. And like many other breweries, you’ll find a food truck parked out front. On a cold day, we sat at the bar and our food truck peeps brought our grub right into us. That’s what I call service.

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Another thing I love about Indeed? They refill any growler. I read somewhere that breweries in the Twin Cities are supposed to fill any clean, empty growler. However, many breweries prefer that their beer only come out of growlers with their names on them or cite health reasons.

Indeed is not one of them. Do you know why this is so wonderful? We had personalized growler like this  made for my dad for Christmas:

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I stopped at Indeed and filled it with the Stir Crazy Winter Ale the day before we left for Green Bay. It was happiness in a jug!

Finally, Indeed gives back every Wednesday. We don’t normally get to a brewery in Minneapolis during the week, but we were in the area on this particular evening. We were glad we stopped because that was the night we had the glorious Rum King for the first time. There was a comedian to boot!

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Indeed, like Dangerous Man, is a brewery to which we keep returning. It must be the specialty brews you can’t get anywhere else!

What is your favorite unique brew or specialty style of beer?

Cheers~
Carrie

Beer & LSD?

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Remember when I posted about my latest Foodie Penpal’s fantastic Fig & Olive Tapenade? And how I noted that it went well with this Honey Ale?

TapenadeWell, take a look closer at the name:

LSD Honey Ale?

This ale hails to us from Indeed Brewing out of Minneapolis. Why LSD? Because this beer is brewed with Lavender, Sunflower honey and Dates. And it has Indeed a mind-blowing array of flavors. The lavender is very present here, so if you don’t like lavender, chances are that this beer is not for you.

Turn the bottle over and read a little about the characteristics and history of this beer. Here, I’ll help:

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It is packaged in a 750ml (think wine-sized) bottle, sealed with a cap and then wax. The wax is a beautiful lavender color, but it makes it difficult to open the bottle. Rob and I split this big boy, but I should have probably kept it all to myself. In my opinion, it’s that good.

It also, apparently, pairs well with Cash Cab.

What's the best show to watch while drinking Indeed LSD? Cash Cab of course.

When I think of lavender,  I think of Provence, which is part of the region in France where I studied in college. So naturally, I thought of olives and needed to combine the two. And it worked! It was especially nice when I drizzled the wildflower honey on top of the little tapenade crostini I made!

Apparently, even Ben Bailey wanted a sip. I know he’s eyeing that glass!

Apparently, even Ben Bailey wanted a sip.

I think that it’s difficult to get a specialty brew just right, but Indeed has hit the ball out of the park on this one. I guess it helps to know the guy with the original recipe. For the record, Town Hall Brewery was pretty much the only place with unique beers on tap before all of the growing popularity of craft and local microbrews. It was our go-to spot when we were in the mood for a specialty beer. But we have yet to visit the Indeed Brewing Taproom. It’s about time, don’t you think?

What is your favorite unique beverage that  most people don’t know about?

Cheers~
Carrie