Meet Marta

Meet Marta, one of the recent additions to our Sales Team! As a sales representative for Boom Island, Marta is in charge of meeting with our current bar & restaurant clients, introducing new bars & restaurants to Boom Island, and upholding the spirit of Boom Island Brewing Company!
Photo by Heather Hanson Photography LLC
Photo by Heather Hanson Photography LLC

“My good friends Shawn and Megan first introduced me to Boom Island. At the time I was just starting to get into craft beer, and I was still a bit overwhelmed by all the varieties available. It’s likely that Shawn and Megan insisted I drink a Hoodoo (one of their favorites), which today is one of my favorites. In summer 2014, we spent several Saturday afternoons on the patio, enjoying beer and sunshine together before I left on a 3-month trip out of the country (during which I frequently craved Minnesota craft beer).”

Marta studied English and Philosophy as an undergrad, so it seems strangely fitting that she ended up working for a brewery, “considering that I’ve done a lot of thinking over a lot of beer.” She continues, “realistically, I previously worked in specialty coffee which required extensive training and education to understand the nuances of proper coffee extraction, flavor profiles, etc. This coupled with two years at a publishing company ended up being the perfect combination for my specific sales position with Boom Island.”

Choosing a favorite beer from Boom Island is difficult because each has a different and distinctive personality, but Marta is a dedicated Hoodoo Dubbel fan. More recently, Thoprock IPA has made her reconsider favorites. While the beer at Boom Island is always great, it’s not her only favorite thing at the #BIBoomRoom (the taproom); Marta says Jim, the taproom manager, is just as much a part of the experience. (It’s no secret that Jim’s endless stories and wit give life at the taproom extra personality, stop by and see for yourself!)

When it comes down to day to day life as a Boom Island Sales Rep, “The best part of my day is doing tastings with people and seeing their initial reactions. Nothing is more fun than introducing people to our beer and seeing how much they love it at first sip! That and coming to work knowing that I’ll spend the day with the rest of the Boom Team to work hard, have fun, and promote some of the best beer that Minnesota has to offer!”

When Marta’s not at Boom Island Brewing, she can usually be found checking out other local breweries (Surly, Bang and Indeed are some favorites) or hanging out at a craft beer bar, likely my long-time favorite The Muddy Pig. “One favorite brewery of mine from outside of Minnesota is White Birch Brewing out of New Hampshire. The birch tree label reminded me so much of being up north that I had to buy a bottle, and the beer turned out to be just as captivating as its label!”

If you’re interested in more Boom Island and beer-related commentary from Marta’s perspective, follow her on Twitter at @MartaDrinksMN!

Vegetarian Dumplings with Silvius

In honor of Chinese New Year, Boom Island Brewing’s Co-Owner Qiuxia Welch shares an amazing recipe for Vegetarian Dumplings, paired beautifully with Sylvius.

Photos by Heather Hanson Photography LLC
Photos by Heather Hanson Photography LLC

Vegetarian Dumplings
Yield: 35 to 40 dumplings
Time: About 1½ hours

1 tablespoon sesame oil
¼ cup tablespoon canola or peanut oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
3 scallions, thinly sliced
3½ ounces shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and chopped
¼ large Savoy cabbage head (about 6 ounces), chopped

4 scrambled eggs
2 tablespoons soy sauce
35 to 40 wonton wraps

  • For the Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • Chilli oil to taste

1. Put the sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the ginger, scallions, and mushrooms, and cook until the mushrooms release their liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and ¼ cup water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is very soft, about 20 minutes. Add the soy sauce and cook until it reduces to a glaze, 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Add scrambled eggs.

2. Fill a small bowl with water, and lay a wonton wrap on a clean work surface. Use your fingers to lightly wet two adjacent edges of the wonton wrap, then put a heaping teaspoon of the cabbage mixture in the center of the wrap. Fold the wrap over to form a triangle, and press to adhere the wet edges to the dry edges. Repeat with the remaining wonton wraps and filling.

Photos by Heather Hanson Photography LLC
Photos by Heather Hanson Photography LLC

3. Put the remaining 3 tablespoons canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add a single layer of dumplings and cook until golden brown on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes, then turn and cook until lightly browned on the other side, another 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels, and repeat with the remaining dumplings. Serve hot or warm.

Photos by Heather Hanson Photography LLC
Photos by Heather Hanson Photography LLC

For a slightly healthier alternative, you can boil the dumplings instead of pan frying them. Simply bring water to a boil and cook dumplings 2-3 minutes.

Photos by Heather Hanson Photography LLC
Photos by Heather Hanson Photography LLC

For the ultimate experience, serve with a pint of Boom Island Brewery’s Silvius Pale Ale!

Sneak Peek: 2015 Winterfest


On Friday, February 27th, Boom Island Brewery will be featuring the following expertly crafted Belgian Brews:

Brimstone Tripel: Big body, creamy yet crisp nuanced yeast character and spices layered on light fruit notes, and a long lasting white head

Hoodoo Dubbel: Rich and complex dark malt flavors accented deftly by banana, clove, and low hop bitterness. Hoodoo pours lush, deep brown and red highlights with a thick, long-lasting beige head and malt aroma

Zarathirstra: Specially brewed for the Minnesota Orchestra’s Strauss Festival 2014. Light Vienna and Munich malts are highlighted by an assertive hop bitterness and dry finish. This Belgian Bitter is on tap exclusively at Orchestra Hall and our taproom

Gravity No. 9: The newest addition to the Boom Island family is a Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Strong fermented with plums

Noire: Our Black IPA is fermented with dark Belgian candy sugar and dry hopped with Citra and Columbus hops

Cuvée de Boom: A special beer brewed for the first annual Boom Days Festival in 2014, this blend of 55% blonde ale and fermented with 45% Pinot Grigio grapes, combines flavor elements of both a golden ale and a dry sparkling white wine

WinterFest Beauty Pic

Tickets are still available for this Year’s Winterfest! This year Winterfest will feature more than 60 Minnesota breweries and brewpubs, showcasing their specialty, season, and year round beers across two nights. The beautiful venue, catered cuisine, live music, and specialty beers for sampling always make Winterfest an event to remember. Get your tickets for one or both nights of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild’s premier Winter event Feb. 27 & Feb. 28 at the Union & checkout the lineups here: