This Minneapolis brewery is making a buzz with their artfully eclectic and well-loved seasonal releases and flagship brews, many of which are made with honey.
Indeed Brewing Company was founded in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District in the fall of 2012. With a growing team and distribution system, the brewery is thriving on distinctive and adventurous brews. To sweeten up their lineup, Indeed brews a general ale, imperial lager and fruit and spiced beer that all use – you guessed it – honey.
We reached out to Head Brewer, Josh Bischoff, to talk about Indeed Brewing Company and learn more about their honey beer lineup.
What attracted you to brewing with honey?
Before Indeed, I worked at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery, where Mike Hoop’s love of honey became contagious. One of my favorite beers that he’s come up with is “Thunderstorm,” which uses orange blossom honey. It was that beer opened my eyes to the impact honey can have in brews.
What varietals of honey do you use in LSD, Summer Shenanigans and Mexican Honey?
In our LSD brew, the “S” stands for and uses sunflower honey. Our Summer Shenanigans Ale uses clover honey. And our Mexican Honey uses Mexican orange blossom honey.
During what part of the process do you incorporate honey in your LSD, Summer Shenanigans and Mexican Honey?
Whenever we use honey, we always add it in the kettle right after the boil. It seems that way we are able to still get the honey dissolved and mixed properly and not boil off volatiles in the process.
What would be your advice to those who want to start brewing with honey?
Start by getting a bunch of samples of different varieties of honey and seeing which ones “speak” to you. Then come up with a beer based around that particular variety of honey. Don’t be afraid to use lots of it!
What’s next for Indeed Brewing? Can we expect to see any more honey beers?
Lots of keeping on, keeping on! We have a “derailed” series of draft only brews that lets us follow our whims, so you can expect some new varieties of hops to be making an appearance and likely some “non traditional” ingredients that we haven’t really used yet. As for more honey, we are always checking out varieties we haven’t used and once inspiration strikes, a beer can move through pretty quickly!
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