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612 Brew

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Happy Thirsty Thursday!

It’s time for another installment in my Minnesota Brewery series! Next up is yet another Nordeast Minneapolis brewery. I’m telling you, NE Minneapolis is a great area for a brewery crawl because there are at least a half dozen breweries within 5 miles from each other.

We stopped into 612 Brew on a very cold {waaaayyyy below zero}, windy day this winter, with a Groupon in hand. I love when deal vouchers offer beer flights to local breweries!

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TIP: One thing of note about 612 Brew – when you park in back, walk around the building away from the street and turn left to go around the building and get to the entrance. On that horribly cold, windy and icy day, we made our way to the sidewalk instead. We went around to the front of the building only to find that there was no entrance to 612 Brew. If we continued along the sidewalk, it went up a bridge, not around the other side of the building. DOH!

We walked back down the icy sidewalk and watched a guy slip and almost fall flat on his ass before catching himself. I shuffled my feet as I sheilded my face from the wind as best as possible. Then, we went back to the parking lot and followed the building around back to the other side of the building. Entrance food! The outdoor space here, I’m sure, would be lovely in the summer; but I wasn’t really paying attention.

I was so happy to be inside! The space was very nice. I really liked the taproom and not just because it was warm!

Also, their tagline:

You feel me? 😉

Now you see why I was happy that a couple of pint glasses were included in our Groupon!
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For those who are not local to the Twin Cities, 612 Brew gets its name from the Minneapolis area code. A couple of years ago, I read that a brewery called 651 Brew was opening up in St. Paul. I haven’t seen anything since, nor can I find anything now. Perhaps that was posted on April Fool’s Day.

You got me!

Like many other breweries, 612 Brew hosts food trucks. While there wasn’t one on the day of our visit {there was no crowd and it was so cold!}, you can check the 612’s online calendar to find out who is on site.

612 Brew also caters to bikers… I mean, bicyclists. You’ll find bike racks just outside the taproom door. And while other breweries offer pint glasses, t-shirts and trucker hats, 612 also sells logo-ed biking gear!

The beers on tap that day:

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Only the top four were included in the flight. The bummer was that we didn’t really like any of the beers! {We had heard a simliar experience from friends.} Of them all we liked the Rated R Rye IPA best, but even that was one we would not order again. And we love IPAs and porters!

I wanted to try the Wild Rice Dunkel because I love when local breweries include something unique or regional about their brews. Wild Rice was a new one for me! I was excited and chose it for my free pint. Sadly, I didn’t like it and couldn’t even finish it.

Despite the lovely taproom, the great outdoor space and the bike-friendly access, the beer just wasn’t up to par with what we are used to drinking in the Twin Cities. But that is just what our palates say about these beers. You should still give 612 Brew a try to judge for yourself.

Name a unique beer you’ve had that was infused with something or that reflected its locale!

Cheers~
Carrie

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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{Source: RedEnvelope.com}

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