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Indeed’s Sour Program on Display at Republic’s Sour Social this Saturday

Indeed Sour

Sour beers are huge right now and Indeed Brewing has one of the better programs around. The Wooden Soul Series is run by Adam Theis and is coming up on one year now. Adam was first introduced to sours at Town Hall Brewery where he brewed under Mike Hoops. “We got La Folie there [a sour beer from New Belgium] and I was like oh my god” says Theis. “It was really intriguing to me.”

He left Town Hall and went up to Third Street for a little while until he was contacted by Tom Whisenand and Josh Bischoff from Indeed. The Northeast brewery really wanted to start up a sour program and since they had worked with him previously at Town Hall, the move made sense. “I was a fan of sour beer, and I couldn’t pass that up” he says.

The Wooden Soul beers start out just like the others in that they are brewed and fermented at the regular brewery prior to making their way over to Adam’s house of funk which is just down Broadway. So far there have been five entries in the series, a set that rivals any being brewed here in the state.

Wooden Soul #1 Saison
Wooden Soul #2 Sour Blonde Ale
Wooden Soul #3 Sour Blonde Ale aged on cherries
Wooden Soul #4 Sour Blonde Ale aged on grapefruit
Wooden Soul #5 Saison fermented with apple juice

The most popular one around town seems to be #3 which was a Sour Blonde Ale aged on cherries. This is not Adam’s favorite though so far. “A lot of people liked #3, but it wasn’t my favorite. I really like citrus fruit so I’d probably go with the grapefruit [Wooden Soul #4] one as my favorite” he says.

There is one that hasn’t been released yet that he’s very excited about. It’s a Red and Brown Ale mix which is aged on cherries in a very unique barrel. One that Adam states is working really well right now. This brew will make an appearance at Sour Social which is a beer dinner being hosted by Republic on Saturday. The event itself will pair six dishes with sour beers from both breweries (New Belgium and Indeed) in a casual environment.

Overall the sour program has been a successful operation and should only grow from here. “We’ve experimented with everything and we are always trying out new techniques. These beers are just a slow evolution that plays out right in front of us” says Adam.

If you are looking for tickets to the event Saturday, you can purchase them here for $50 plus fees.


Better Beer Society University: Classes Begin Wednesday

BBSUJust a quick reminder – Better Beer Society University classes begin on Wednesday. As a kid, I always had reservations about heading back to school. Perhaps if my parents would have sent me to BBSU, things might have been different!


We’re pleased to announce that campus will once again be located at Republic (Seven Corners), and will consist of two sessions to account for busy schedules. First session is at 6pm, and a second session will be held at 7:30p.

Both will be one-hour long courses, and the guest(s) will be the same. Please choose your preferred session below.

BBSU is an educational beer school for both the beer enthusiast, as well as the novice. Our goal is to educate students on all aspects of the beer industry, from production, retail and distributing, to the agricultural side of hop farming and malting.

We also teach you how to explore your palate, cook with beer, and create your own pairings.

Students are treated to some very exclusive and interesting beer styles each and every week. In addition, students will embark on a special field trip, as well as create a recipe & brew their own commemorative class beer.

Sign up here. Right now.

Minnesota Beer Dinner With Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton

Beer dinner with homebrew chef sean paxtonThe Better Beer Society is hosting a beer dinner of epic proportions. An all-Minnesota beer dinner is cool in itself, but BBS is turning the proverbial dial to 11 by bringing in famed beer chef Sean Paxton (aka The Homebrew Chef). Paxton is no stranger to world-class beer dinners, having crafted beer dinners for tons of great breweries as well as events like The Great American Beer Festival and the Craft Brewers Conference.

This particular dinner is set to take place on Friday, April 26th at Republic in Uptown. Brewers and owners from Surly, Schell’s, Indeed, Summit and Steel Toe will join Paxton and BBS as they discuss the finer notes of cooking with beer and beer ingredients and pairing beer with food. Tickets are are $90. Call 612-886-2309 to reserve your spot. No doubt this will sell out.


Bad Weather Brewing Launch Thursday

bad weather brewing co.Republic in Uptown hosts the launch of the Twin Cities newest brewery, Bad Weather Brewing Co. on Thursday, March 21 from 4-7p.m. Check out their beer at $3 a pop from 4-6 pm. The launch will feature Windvane a “Minnesota red ale” and Ominous a “Midwest warmer.” They’ll also have casks of each.

Can’t make it Thursday? Hit up Firkin Fest at The Happy Gnome on the 30th for a firkin of dry-hopped version of Windvane. Otherwise be on the lookout for their beer in bars in restaurants in late March.
Bad Weather Brewing joins Lucid Brewing and Badger Hill in an alternating proprietorship collective. Their brewers will brew alongside Lucid and Badger Hill brewers at Lucid’s brewery in Minnetonka. Teamwork!
Cheers and best of luck to Bad Weather. Read more below:

Bad Weather Brewing Company is taking its creative cues from the changing Minnesota seasons. The first two beers in production include a year-round flagship, WINDVANE, which is a malt-sturdy and highly hopped Minnesota red ale, and OMINOUS, a limited-time dark storm of a beer with large, intense flavors. Three additional ales are planned to complete the 2013 seasonal rotation, each boasting distinctive and unexpected flavor profiles.

“I believe that Minnesota is one of the most exciting places to be a beer lover right now,” says Bad Weather’s co-founder Zac Carpenter. “Not because we currently have the best beers or the most beers, but because we get to witness the birth of a great beer culture that will someday very soon rival those in Portland and Denver. It is an honor to be part of that growth and Bad Weather Brewing Company is ready to become a pillar in this market.”

Better Beer Society Spring Semester w/ Special Guest Ray Daniels

Better Beer Society University kicks off its spring semester on March 6th with a new sponsor and a special visitor. The Cicerone Certification Program is now title sponsor for Better Beer Society University and founder and director of the program, Ray Daniels, will be at the first class. Daniels is also the author of “Designing Great Beers” as well as over two dozen other books on beer and brewing.

Class will begin on March 6th, and the semester will run for 12 weeks. Republic (7 Corners) will once again host the classes. The semester will include two one-hour sessions (6pm and 7:30pm). Tuition cost for BBSU spring semester will be $75 (which equates to $6 / class, or roughly the cost of a beer).  Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/329360

Register today, space is limited.

BBSU is an educational weekly “beer school” for both the beer enthusiast, as well as the novice. Our goal is to educate students on all aspects of the beer industry (breweries, retail, hop farming, distribution, maltsters, and so forth). We also teach you how to explore your palate, cook w/ beer and create pairings.

Students are treated to some very exclusive and rare beers during certain classes (i.e. – Cantillon Fou’Foune & aged Surly Darkness) as well as special field trips and access to local breweries before they open to the general public. 

KSTP (ABC) Channel 5 Eyewitness News media coverage: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S2771436.shtml?cat=1

BBSU in session w/ (Todd Haug, Pete Rifakes, Chip Walton):