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The location: Yet another on the list of small breweries that chose the Northeast area, appropriately steeped in beer history, to make its home. The old brick Solar Arts building near 15th Avenue and Monroe sits on an active train line, so if you're planning to drink on Indeed's patio you'll need to work out a rhythm of stopping and starting conversations based on the traffic. Frequenters of Darby's know the drill. Indeed may be responsible for bringing back the notion that it's cool — nay, preferable — to drink beer out of an aluminum can even when you're not on a plane, at a backyard barbecue, or seeing a show at the Hexagon, but there's something even more enjoyable and uncompromising about these beers when poured directly from the tap, and that's reason enough to visit.
The vibe: More quaint than 612 and just slightly less hipsterish than Dangerous Man, Indeed seems to draw the most eclectic crowd of the newer Northeast breweries. On one early weekend night we entered a bizarro world of role reversal where groups of young people flocked to play shuffleboard and a trio of older gents took a break from huddling over their iPhones to step out for a smoke. The taproom itself is cozy and includes lots of little nods to beer culture in the decor, and the branding, populated by monocle-wearing bears and pipe-smoking walruses, is playful and vaguely nostalgic. The room manages to duplicate the feeling of an artist's studio open house that happens to serve excellent beer and food from favorite trucks such as Foxy Falafel, Potter's Pasties, and Vellee Deli most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
The beers: Indeed's head brewer, Josh Bischoff, who honed his skills as many of our best local brewers do at Town Hall Brewery before striking out on his own, makes bold choices in his brewing but sticks mainly to American styles. Most locals will be familiar with the floral, bitter, curiously balanced Daytripper American pale ale and the resinous, lightly roasted Midnight Ryder, an American black ale, but Indeed's seasonals are also outstanding. Now that it's really warm out, the Shenanigans — a cloudy, dry, wheat summer ale — is a can't-miss. Indeed's beers are all available in 10-ounce, 16-ounce, and 20-ounce pours, so you can try a few with friends or find a favorite and stick with it.
Dangerous Man Brewing 1300 Second St. NE, Minneapolis 612.209.2626 dangerousmanbrewing.com
Fulton Beer 414 Sixth Ave. N., Minneapolis 612.333.3208 fultonbeer.com
Harriet Brewing 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 612.315.4633 harrietbrewing.com
Pour Decisions Brewing Company 1744 Terrace Dr., Roseville 612.567.6871 pourdecisionsbrewery.com
612 Brew 945 Broadway St., Minneapolis 612.217.0437 612Brew.com
Steel Toe Brewing 4848 W. 35th St., St. Louis Park
Indeed Brewing 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis 612.843.5090 indeedbrewing.com
These are just a few of the taprooms open for business. We didn't even get to some of the exceptional outer-ring ones like Lift Bridge in Stillwater or Excelsior in Excelsior, and several more are in the works. Surely you've heard about the new destination brewery/taproom/theme park that Surly is building in Prospect Park, and there are more flying under the radar like HammerHeart Brewing in Lino Lakes, which plans to open its taproom later this year. There are so many options for craft beer in these parts, it seems that the breweries coming down the pipeline are looking to diversify the scene and open with more specific missions than just brewing great beer. Burning Brothers Brewing is planning a 5,000-square-foot facility in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, where they'll produce a lineup of entirely gluten-free beers. Urban Growler is set to open in St. Anthony Park this fall and aims to make craft beer more accessible and approachable to everyone, particularly women. Finally, Bang Brewing, which already has plans for a taproom at its South St. Anthony Park property, is working to maintain a minuscule ecological footprint while producing high-impact beers. So even though summer is a great time to be a beer drinker in the Twin Cities, there are plenty of folks ensuring that it will still be beer o'clock when the seasons change.