Cool for Cats: Boom to Host First Annual Pints & Purrs Event


Despite the wildly popular Cat Video Festival held locally in August, it seems that cats and cat rescue organizations get less love and attention than their canine counterparts.  To help level the playing field, Boom Island is proud to announce our inaugural Pints & Purrs event in the taproom.  Slated for Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1-9pm, this daylong event will benefit St. Paul non-profit Feline Rescue, Inc.  Activities for this cat-centric event include Kitty Krafting, a video fashion show, Kitten Therapy, and trivia with proceeds going to Feline Rescue, Inc.

Schedule of planned events for Saturday, October 15th:

1:00pm: Boom Room opens with Louisiana Purchase Cajun food on site.

Kitten Therapy opens.

3:00pm: Kitty Krafting: Crafts for cats; donate to Feline Rescue or take home to your favorite feline.

5:00pm: Video Cat Fashion Show, hosted by Feline Rescue, Inc. vote with your dollars for the Cutest Kitty Costume and help save more cats!

5:00pm: Kitten Therapy closes.

7:00pm: Cat Trivia hosted by Feline Rescue, Inc. with prizes awarded.

9:00pm: Boom Room Closes.

Feline Rescue, Inc. will supply the kittens for the Kitten Therapy.  For the safety and health of the shelter animals, we request that the public refrain from bringing in their pets to this event.

Feline Rescue, Inc. is one of the best, if not the best cat-centric foster and shelter organizations in the region.  In 2015 they took in a record 809 cats, 741 of which were adopted.  Please stop by the taproom on October 15 and help us celebrate all things cat.  For more information and to help, go to:

Boom Room Jazz Goes Monthly in the Fall/Winter

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Hopefully you all have had a chance to stop by on a Saturday night this summer for Boom Room Jazz. We couldn’t be happier for the opportunity to host jazz of such high quality. Boom Room Jazz will continue on Saturday night August 27 at 7pm. Please note that starting in September, we will go back to once per month schedule. Starting Saturday September 3, we will be hosting Brad Bellows and Friends on the first Saturday of each month at 7pm. There is never a cover charge for Boom Room Jazz. Here are the Fall/Winter dates:

Boom Room Jazz:

Saturday August 27 @ 7pm

Fall Schedule:

Saturday September 3 @ 7pm

Saturday October1 @ 7pm

Saturday November 5 @ 7pm

Saturday December 3 @ 7pm

Saturday December 17 @ 7pm – Special Holiday Program

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Please make a point to stop by and revel in the jazz by Brad Bellows and Friends! These Cats can wail. Enjoy one of our Taproom Exclusive beers while you are at it. Jazz and fresh Belgian-style beers? Yes please.

The Art of Aging Bottles of Boom: Resist Temptation


Over the last several months I’ve heard a number of people admit that they don’t possess the will power to age their bottles of Boom Island beer for any length of time.  They just can’t resist the lure, and allure, of those beautiful 750ml bottles of ambrosia.  To make the task even more difficult, the taproom has bottles available of Yule 2014, Yule 2015, Triple Brett and Cuvée de Boom in corked and caged 750’s.  All of these beers are special, limited and not readily available anywhere else in town.


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My sales pitch, which many of you have heard, goes something like: “Buy a couple bottles (of the Yule for example). Drink one when you get home and put the other in your cellar or basement and bust it out on Christmas Eve.  It continues to ferment in the bottle and gets more complex and delicious with each passing month.  Don’t feel compelled to share it with your family and friends when they show interest.”

Most chuckle and think it’s a good idea but some still can’t resist the temptation.  The bottles never make it to that special occasion.  Here is the idea of the day:  Buy a couple bottles.  When you get home force yourself to wrap them in any form of giftwrap you have on hand.  Next dig out your holiday decorations and bury the wrapped bottles in the bottom of a box and cover it with other boxes.  Out of sight, out of mind.

When the holiday boxes come out down the line, the bottles will emerge.  Drink them then stop by the taproom or your favorite store and buy some bottles of the Yule 2016.  After the holiday, put the bottles in the boxes and put them away for the year.  Put it out of your mind.  Next Christmas you have one-year-old bottles waiting for you, much to your surprise and delight.  Drink them up or use as a prepaid gift option.

Way to go.  You are now a pillar of self-control.

© Heather Hanson Photography LLC




Boom Days: Meet the Bands (6)

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Performing: Saturday,  July 16 at 8PM

Headlining this year’s Boom Days on Saturday , July 16th is local rockers Eleganza!. Eleganza! was formed by Brian Vanderwerf, guitarist/vocalist for the Estrus Records band The Midnight Evils and the celebrated Chooglin’ (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess Records).


Eleganza! is a 3-guitar ROCK AND ROLL attack featuring Vanderwerf and Chooglin’ bandmate, Jeff Johnson, and ex-Ol’ Yeller’s Greg McAloon. Also on board is the legendary Tony Zaccardi of Romantica & Kruddler on bass, and his longtime partner in crime Tim Baumgart (Wizards Are Real/Big Ditch Road/Kruddler) on drums and August Varwig on harmonica.


The band recorded their first record at Secret Stash Studios in Minneapolis. Look for a release date in the fall of 2016.

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Phantom Tails

Performing: Saturday, July 16 at 6:30PM

Phantom Tails formed in early 2009. In fact, the band never really formed so much as it emerged as part of a natural progression. All four members had been playing together for some time in other bands before indulging to embark on a more electronic, gritty, and concise musical path. Wielding distorted analog synthesizers, fuzz bass,and angular guitar while brandishing electronic drum beats sampled from vintage 808 machines, traditional sumatran folk music, and sonar whale recordings, they have executed this transition. How can this be categorized? Deep Space Doom Funk, of course.






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Crossing Guards featuring Martin Devaney

Performing: Saturday, July 16 at 3PM


Crossing Guards began as a recording project in 2007 between songwriter/frontman Martin Devaney and bassist and sometimes drummer Sean Hoffman. In the years since they’ve played on and off in clubs and headlined festivals such as the Pizza Luce Block Party and the summer Beer Dabbler. In 2009, they released their full length album, Revenge of the Tall Boys. After a recent hiatus, the band is back at it with new shows and new tunes to come. The Current lineup includes Devaney, Hoffman, Eric Kassel. Steve McPherson, and Ryan Otte.


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Belgian’s First Rapper, Period.

Performing: Friday, July 15 at 7PM

Too Tuff was one of the very first Belgian MCs to rap in Dutch. His 1999 hit record “Represent 2000 Antwaarpe” with his group Sint-Andries MC’s, singing the praises of his hometown, Antwerp, became a local classic that can still be heard on Belgian radio.

Prior to that, in the late eighties, Too Tuff was one of the very first Belgian rappers, period, getting inspired by classic MCs like Run DMC and LL Cool J. He now lives in St. Paul. At the ripe age of 44, we convinced him to come out of retirement for Boom Days, where he’ll be rhyming in English and Dutch. Beer-wise, he’s a Duvel type of guy.

Backing him up musically is DJ Digie, a seminal Twin Cities hip-hop figure in his own right. A member of the legendary Abstract Pack in the 90s, and now of Up Rock, with his Abstract band mate Dundee, he is a DJ, rapper, producer, photographer, youth mentor and all-round Renaissance man.

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