A "funky" tasting beer is hitting the Minnesota craft beer scene.
Wooden Soul: Heliotropic is a Belgian-style Brett Saison ale aged in white wine barrels. The beer has aromas of tropical fruit, grape and "earthy funk," and is described as being dry, tart and well-balanced, with moderate to high carbonation, Indeed says.
The Heliotropic first began as a Saison in Indeed's Derailed Series. They used that beer as a base, before aging it in the barrels and adding three new strains of yeast, which help give the beer its "signature funky flavor," Kelly Moritz of Indeed told BringMeTheNews.
The series of beers comes ahead of the Minneapolis brewery's fourth anniversary, and co-owner Tom Whisenand says it's a "testament to how far we have come as a brewery."
"Our Wooden Soul beers involve an enormous amount of time, resources, and attention to produce and the results speak to our dedication to making the best and most exciting beers we can," Whisenand says.
How you can buy it
The first-ever release of Heliotropic in bottles will happen at the Heliotropic Bottle Release event at Indeed's northeast taproom on July 25.
The cost to attend is $50 (buy tickets here), and includes a full pour of Heliotropic, a flight of Heliotropic, a paired flight of meats and cheeses, the chance to buy a bottle Heliotropic signed by head brewer Adam Theis. Plus, Theis will be there to talk all about the barrel-aging program.
After that, the remaining bottles will be sold on a limited basis at the brewery, starting Thursday July 28.
As of Wednesday, Indeed has released seven beers from the Wooden Soul series – some were "super limited one-offs," while others were fruited or dry-hopped versions of existing beers, Moritz notes.
What's a sour beer?
Some of the Wooden Soul series are described as sour beers, and it's a style of beer that's gaining a lot of popularity in the craft brewing world.
Dave Hoops, the former brewer at Fitgers Brewhouse in Duluth who now has his own craft beer think tank, wrote a column published Wednesday in the Duluth News Tribune explaining all about sour beer – and why it's become so popular.
Sour beers are different from "regular" beers because they use wild yeasts – and they're a lot more time-consuming. Hoops says it can take anywhere from one to three years to brew, and the style is a way for a brewer to express their "art of brewing."
Hoops says sour beers are refreshing and easy to drink, noting they're "are an adventure to embark on" if you're a fan of hoppy IPAs or creamy pilsners. Their unique flavors also are great to pair with food.
The Brewers Association noted last year that the popularity of sour beers continues to grow among American craft beer drinkers, but said they can be hard to make in large quantities and the costs can be high for a lot of breweries.