Minnesota Brewery Running Series – Indeed Recap
For at least the third year in a row, the final morning of Art-A-Whirl, the annual Northeast Minneapolis Arts Festival, started out stormy. Dark clouds dominated the horizon and rain came pouring down in torrential spurts. The streets were mostly quiet at 9:45 am, the previous night’s revelers still sleeping. About 100 people congregated under a tent in the parking lot of Indeed Brewing in NE Minneapolis, waiting for fifth event of the Minnesota Brewery Running series to begin.
I was one of these people.
Having missed my alarm and overslept, I was barely awake as I joined the crowd under the tent, but I could sense the excitement around me. I was looking forward to the run part, a chance to run through my neighborhood and get in a few miles (and wake up a bit), but it was obvious that most everyone else was looking forward to the beer part.
About the Run
At 10:01 am, the rain stopped, and we all crept out tentatively from the tent. Morgan Jappe, co-founder of the MN Brewery Running Series said a few words of welcome and introduced us to Maggie Henjum, a physical therapist with Viverant Physical Therapy. Maggie led the crowd through some pre-run stretches, but she was hard to hear over the chatter of the crowd.
The people around me were talking about getting back before the rain started again, and about which beers to try. A few people were taking advantage of the on-site t-shirt printing press, purchasing event-specific MN Brewery Running Series t-shirts for $20.
At 10:04 am, we were off!
Morgan mentioned that some last-minute changes had to be made to the route, so to be sure to follow the people holding the orange arrows. We ran on the sidewalks, although some spilled into the street to pass others or just get a bit more space. The turns of the course were well-marked, with those volunteers in yellow vests holding signs with orange arrows.
The route took us up Monroe Street NE to 22nd Ave NE, down University Ave NE and back over to Indeed along 15th Ave and Broadway St NE. It was a fun route that ran past Edison High School, the Firefighters Hall and Museum, and old Northeast drinking establishments like Grumpy’s, Jimmy’s and Mayslacks.
The course was slightly short of a 5K (my GPS watch counted 2.83 miles), but no one seemed to mind. Robyn Kutney was the first person to slap co-founder Nate Herrington’s hand at the finish line, giving her the coveted “Golden Growler” Award.
The registration tent was now full with MN Brewery Running Series pint glasses, water bottles, and KIND granola bars for participants. Everyone received a ticket for a free beer and now that the sun was shining, we were all quite eager to use it!
About the Beer
Indeed Brewing was the first taproom to open in Northeast Minneapolis, the now-mecca of the local, craft beer scene. Founded in 2011, Indeed Brewing Company Brewing was started by friends Tom Whisenand, Nathan Berndt and Rachel Anderson. Their initial aim was to bring more quality craft beer to Minnesota and have fun doing it. Their beer quickly became a favorite, and 6 months after opening, they expanded to keep up with demand.
Their flagship beers Day Tripper and Midnight Ryder are always on tap, and they cycle through seasonal and special varieties such as Let It Ride IPA, Hot Box Imperial Smoked Pepper Porter and, a personal favorite Sweet Yamma Jamma.
Of all the Northeast taprooms (and I’ve been to them all, many, many times!), Indeed is one of my favorites, second only to Northgate. I appreciate the lack of “scene” at Indeed. I feel comfortable hanging out there on a Friday night (or a Sunday morning!). Indeed typically has a food truck or two, and after the MN Brewery Run, I enjoyed the Orchard Pizza from Little G’s Mobile Pizzeria, featuring white sauce, sliced apples, gorgonzola cheese and bacon.
I had a really great time at this event. I was still licking my wounds from the TC 1 Mile, and it was nice to just run, talk to people and enjoy the simple movement of my body. The festive nature of the event was a welcome relief from the pressure of a race, and it made me really happy to see so many people up and about on a Sunday morning, ready to run.
Checkout the new Brew Crew Program! It recognizes and rewards those that attend multiple events and are advocates of the series. For $60, Brew Crew benefits include $5 off any event registration, an extra beer at each event, and other special offers throughout the year.
There are many, many more events in the series this summer, and I highly recommend you check at least one of them out!