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    Indie Hops in the Twin Cities!

    Experience Strata, Lórien, Meridian AND Luminosa® in local collaboration beers.

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    Twin Cities

    We teamed up with six local breweries to bring these unique hop flavors to life in eleven different brews. Follow the beer trail to discover some hop combinations beyond the usual suspects. Single hop brews featuring our new kids on the block — Lórien and Luminosa® — can also be found.

    Your flavor adventure awaits… buddy up and taste the future!

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    Barrel Theory Beer Company

    Housed in a historic 19th century building in the Lowertown district of St. Paul, this is a brewery stop you won’t want to miss! A 4,000 square foot limestone cellar houses their barrel aged beer–which is only available on-site and through limited local distribution. Come expecting the highest quality beer paired with a knowledgeable and friendly staff.

    Brewery address:

    248 East 7th Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

    Drive time:

    20 minutes

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    Through the Keyhole DIPA (Strata, Citra, Chinook)

    Beer Style: DIPA / ABV: 8.2% / Hops used: Strata, Citra, Chinook

    Here’s a chance to taste this heavy-hitting hop combo in a big beer. Early reports describe the beer as “juicy overripe mango, dank cannabis, strawberry and passion fruit!”

    It’s no secret that Strata and Citra play together splendidly. Add some Oregon Chinook and you have the splendors of new school AND old school.

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    Blackstack Brewing

    Housed in the historic American Can Building, Blackstack’s expansive taproom was once a canning factory for well-known brands such as Spam, Green Giant and Hershey’s chocolate. Hop on the pink bus and head over to sip on some exceptional beer in their super comf, super chill space. Oh, and if you feel like teeing up, mini golf destination Can-Can Wonderland is just next door!

    Brewery address:

    755 Prior Ave N
    Saint Paul, MN 5510

    Drive time:

    15 minutes

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    Luminosa Pale

    Beer Style: Bright Pale / ABV: 5.7% / Hops used: Luminosa

    A bright pale to compliment the bright fruit flavors of Luminosa. A peach – mango – candied orange peel – lemonade Sweetart!

    Latin for “full of brightness,” Luminosa promises to be a versatile new hop that can range from lagers to double IPAs… west coast to hazy. A bright pale just might be the sweet spot! You can also swing by Lake Monster to try the hazy.

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    Lórien Lager

    Beer Style: Hoppy Lager / ABV: 4.8% / Hops used: Lórien

    Weyermann pilsner malt and an Italian twist on classic pils with Lórien in the whirlpool and dry hop.

    Our new 2021 release, Lórien brings low-gravity beer to life with mixed citrus, fresh melon and an appetizing cinnamon-spice finish.

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    Strata-Luminosa Hazy IPA

    Beer Style: Hazy IPA / ABV: 6.8% / Hops used: Strata, Luminosa

    The bluesy depths of Strata, combined with Luminosa’s bright Caribbean beat, is likely to take us straight to Jamaica.

    So exciting to have our first taste of this hop combo in a hazy, along with the Blackstack team and fellow CBC’ers! Strata has proven to be equally sensational in both west coast and hazy IPA styles. We believe Luminosa will excel in both formats as well. Join us in finding out! And head on over to Fair State for a west coast IPA version.

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    Experimental Lager (x043)

    Beer Style: Hoppy Lager / ABV: 4.8% / Hops used: x043

    Weyermann pilsner malt and the Italian twist to bring a touch more hop character. Let’s see what this experimental hop brings to the table.

    A promising hop in the trial phase of our program, we’re excited to see how the flavors of gooseberry, black currant and white wine barrel express in a lager beer.

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    Fair State Brewing Cooperative

    Founders Evan Sallee, Niko Tonks, and Matt Hauck met as competitors on the rugby pitch and discovered a shared passion for home brewing. They turned that passion into a business when they founded Fair State as a co-op brewery with the vision of getting co-op members involved in operations and bringing co-op values, like giving back, to their community. Head over on the beer trolley. Snag a crowler on your way out, and 10% will be donated to their nonprofit partner for May: Appetite for Change.

    Brewery address:

    2506A Central Ave NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55418

    Drive time:

    14 minutes

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    Luminosa IPA

    Beer Style: West Coast IPA / ABV: 6.3% / Hops used: Strata, Luminosa

    From the brewery: “This beer is built to showcase a brand new hop. Luminosa is the next big aroma hop from Indie Hops, the people who brought you Strata. We’ve paired Luminosa’s aromas and flavors of “peach-lemonade, candied orange peel, marionberry and mango” with the familiar and intense tropical/dank profile of Strata in this west coast IPA. Early returns are pretty stunning, and we expect to see a lot more of this hop in the very near future.”

    Strata has proven to be equally sensational in both west coast and hazy IPA styles. We believe Luminosa will excel in both formats as well. Join us in finding out! Taste the west coast here and head over to BlackStack to try the hazy.

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    KÖLD-STYLE Kolsch (Lórien)

    Beer Style: Kolsch / ABV: 4.7% / Hops used: Lórien

    From the brewery: “KÖLD-STYLE is a nice, cold Kölsch-style ale, brewed in collaboration with our friends at St. Elmo Brewing Company in Austin, TX and hopped exclusively with Lórien, a brand new hop from our friends at Indie Hops. KÖLD-STYLE is crisp, herbal, bright, and probably more hoppy than its European forebears, but like, in a polite but fun way. Fermented on the cool side and lagered cold, it sports a whisp of fruity ester that serves only to enhance your enjoyment.”

    Our new 2021 release, Lórien, brings low-gravity beer to life with mixed citrus, fresh melon and an appetizing cinnamon-spice finish.

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    Falling Knife Brewing Co.

    Why the name? We were wondering too! Ever heard of the phrase “A falling knife has no handle”? Basically, if you see a falling knife, step back and don’t try to grab it until it’s hit the ground. But at Falling Knife, friends and co-founders Andy, Tom, and Dan “are willing to take a risk to get what we want, even if it means taking a few cuts along the way.” Alright, we like these guys! For those of you that are risk averse, don’t worry, they promise not to throw knives the week of CBC, and our collab beer is gonna taste amazing–so do stop by! Looking for a free ride, hop on the beer trolley.

    Brewery address:

    783 Harding Street NE #100
    Minneapolis, MN 55413

    Drive time:

    12 minutes

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    Option Paralysis Hazy Pale (Strata, Chinook)

    Beer Style: Hazy Pale Ale / ABV: 5.5% / Hops used: Strata, Chinook

    Malt bill: Rahr North Star pils, malted white wheat, and malted oats. 20 IBU’s. 50/50 dry hopped with Chinook/Strata. Strawberry, resinous/dank, melon, lemon, and grapefruit.

    Strata paired with Oregon Chinook has been a favorite of ours for a few years now. Tasting this pale version is something we’re looking forward to.

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    Lake Monster

    Known as the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota must have a spectacular lake-dwelling creature yet to be discovered in one of them! The folks at Lake Monster find the allure of “venturing beneath the surface in search of something unknown and extraordinary to be worth the effort.” They apply this adventurous spirit to their brewing as well, so they are the perfect fit for testing out our two newest hops–Lórien and Luminosa. Hop on the pink bus and head on over for a flavor adventure you won’t want to miss!

    Brewery address:

    550 Vandalia St #160
    St Paul, MN 55114

    Drive time:

    10 minutes

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    Lórien Lager

    Beer Style: Keller Bier / ABV: 5.0% / Hops used: Lórien

    Clean and crisp. Herbs, tangerine and spice.

    Our new 2021 release, Lórien, brings low-gravity beer to life with mixed citrus, fresh melon and an appetizing cinnamon-spice finish.

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    Luminosa IPA

    Beer Style: Hazy IPA / ABV: 6.2% / Hops used: Luminosa

    A single hop hazy, fermented with Voss kveik yeast. “Juicy fruit gum, orange peel and papaya.

    Latin for “full of brightness,” Luminosa promises to be a versatile new hop that can range from lagers to double IPAs. What happens when you put brightness into haze? We’ll find out with this one!

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    Pryes Brewing Co.

    In addition to top-notch beer, pizza and river views; you’ll find ample opportunities to have fun at Pryes. Try your hand at Feather Bowling. “What is this?” you ask. A cross between bocce ball and curling that involves feathers and wooden cheese wheels. Don’t leave Minneapolis without trying it–and our collab beer! Hop on the beer trolley and stop by Wednesday night, where you’ll find the Indie crew taking in fresh beer and live music on the Pryes patio… scroll down for more info. We’ll see you there!

    Brewery address:

    1401 West River Rd N
    Minneapolis MN 55411

    Drive time:

    12 minutes

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    Cloud Control NEIPA (Strata, Meridian, Chinook)

    Beer Style: NEIPA / ABV: 6.5% / Hops used: Strata, Meridian, Chinook

    Strawberry, tropical, coconut and an overlay of passion fruit, delivered on a fluffy pillow.

    The bluesy depths of Strata combine with Oregon Chinook capped with the bright fruitiness of Meridian.

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    WEDNESDAY NIGHT EVENT

    Beer + music = the perfect pair!

    MAY 4, 2022

    / MUSIC BEGINS AT 6PM — PRYES BREWING CO

    In addition to brewing great beer, our friends at Pryes know how to throw a party. Join us Wednesday night for our collab release event! Take in the tunes of jazz trio 58 Belvedere and Lady Midnight while sipping on Cloud Control, a hazy that features the smooth deep blues of Strata, bright jazzy sweetness of Meridian and unique Oregon Chinook funk.

    Team Indie, plant breeder Shaun Townsend and hop grower John Coleman will be in house. So grab a friend or five (more peeps, more fun) and head on over–we can’t wait to hang and smell hops!

    Brewery address:

    1401 West River Rd N
    Minneapolis MN 55411

    Drive time:

    12 minutes

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