Boom Days July 15-17

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Our biggest event of the year, Boom Days, is around the corner.  So, what is Boom Days?  Well, it all started from one beer:  Cuvée de Boom. This unhopped ale consists of 45% Pinot Grigio grapes and 55% Belgian style blond ale.  Our brewer Kevin Welch specifically created it for our first Boom Days Festival two years ago. The result is this magical blend between wine and beer, creating a champagne-esque delight.

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The release of the Cuvée de Boom is a big part of Boom Days, and has become quite a party. The first Boom Days two years ago was small but fun. People came for the Cuvée de Boom, and stayed for the music and good company. The second year came, we expanded the event to three days and added a Belgian Style Homebrew Competition with help from our friends at Northern Brewers.  Over 50 home brewers sent in Belgian style brews of their own creation, with JD Park taking home the grand prize for his Saison. We will be releasing his Saison on July 16 at 1PM during the festival.

We can’t believe that the 3rd annual Boom Days is a few short weeks away.  Kevin has outdone himself again this year. He barrel aged the Cuvée!  You will be able to try his creation on tap and bring home 750ml bottles as well. Cuvée will only be available during Boom Days. Besides Cuvée, we will also be tapping some of our most exclusive releases from the past year along with your favorite year-round beers.

If there is one thing really special about this year’s Boom Days it has to be the music. Let’s face it, everyone here at Boom Island takes music seriously.  That is why we have lined up some amazing and eclectic bands for you, from Belgian rapper to jazz, from a horn ensemble, to long time local favorites.

Another key facet to Boom Days is that it features education and the sharing our knowledge and passion of brewing with others. This is why we partnered with Northern Brewer  to create the Belgian Style Homebrew Competition.  Before the award announcement at 5PM on Sunday, July 17, we have invited many local brewing industry leaders to share their knowledge of  malt, hops, yeast and brewing styles.

Anyone who has met our founder and head brewer Kevin knows that he is passionate about Belgian beer, Belgian breweries and Belgian fries. He has become the unofficial Belgian ambassador and trip planner.  Finally he is leading a tour to Belgium for our customers! We have teamed up with Book It Travel to create a Belgian Brewery Tour in April 2017.  He will be talking about the itinerary on Sunday. You will be able to sign up to receive more information about the tour.

So, what is Boom Days?  It is about great beer, music, education, and so much more. It is about a great time to share with family and friends right in the middle of a Minnesota summer that goes by entirely too fast. Cheers to you and your continued support of Boom Island Brewing!

The Great MN Get Together Day #10

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

FRENCH FRIES & WITNESS

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French fries may seem like a mild food choice at a fair where exotic and fried dishes reign, but you have to admit, you can never go wrong with the “World’s Greatest!” Pair this crowd pleaser with Witness Witbier, whether you’re at the Minnesota State Fair or grilling up some goodness at home with friends!

Grab a Witness, on tap at Giggles’ Campfire Grill, and more at the Craft Beer Hall, housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building to start your journey. Remember to share your own Boom Island Beer and food finds with “#WitnessTheFair” to win free beer and prizes!

****We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Stay tuned for more pairings — new ones each day of the MN State Fair!

The Great MN Get Together Day #9

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

CARAMEL SUNDAE & HOODOO

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Rich and complex dark malt flavors of our Hoodoo Dubbel harmonize with anything caramel. Pair this light roasted aroma with sweet flavor with a caramel sundae from the Dairy Building. This is one sweet treat you can’t leave the fair without!

Grab your Hoodoo at your favorite liquor store if you can’t find it at the #10kBeer Craft Beer Hall at the State Fair. Don’t know which liquor store carries our beer? Find it here: http://boomislandbrewing.com/find-beer

****We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Grab a Witness, on tap at Giggles’ Campfire Grill, and more at the Craft Beer Hall, housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building to start your journey. Remember to share your own Boom Island Beer and food finds with “#WitnessTheFair” to win free beer and prizes!

Stay tuned for more pairings — new ones each day of the MN State Fair!

The Great MN Get Together Day #8

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

PRONTO PUPS & WITNESS

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Who can resist a hot dog, layered in a crisp and fluffy pancake-batter bun? With ketchup, mustard, or both, you can’t go wrong. Pair this pup with the floral and citrus flavor of Witness, witbier. The perfect summer snack, at the State Fair or a day up at the cabin.

Find your refreshing glass of Witness at the back right bar at Giggles’ Campfire Grill at the Minnesota State Fair, or from your favorite liquor store. Find Boom Island in a liquor store near you by visiting: http://boomislandbrewing.com/find-beer

We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Stay tuned for more pairings — new ones each day of the MN State Fair!

The Great MN Get Together Day #7

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

BLUE CHEESE AND CORN FRITZ & SAISON

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Grab some deep fried blue cheese and corn fritters from the Blue Barn and a Saison and you’re in for a wave of amazing flavor. Its’ crispy rich flavor pairs smoothly with our cool Belgian-style farmhouse saison. Hints of orange peel melt with the warm deliciousness of this savory bite-sized dish.

Grab your Saison at the #10KBeer Hall in the Agriculture/Horticulture building at the Minnesota State Fair, or from your favorite liquor store and pair with your home-made cheese fritter creations! Find Boom Island in a liquor store near you by visiting: http://boomislandbrewing.com/find-beer

We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Stay tuned for more pairings — new ones each day of the MN State Fair!

The Great MN Get Together Day #6

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

CHEESE PIZZA & WITNESS

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Cheese pizza — it’s hard to go wrong with this all-American classic. If you’re looking for something simply divine, pair your Witness with your favorite slice at the fair, or split a four pack at home with friends!

We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Grab Boom Island Beer at your favorite liquor store or find it closest to you: http://boomislandbrewing.com/find-beer

Stay tuned for more pairings — new ones each day of the MN State Fair!

The Great MN Get Together Day #5

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

S’MORES & HOODOO

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Summer’s not over and S’mores are always a sweet treat, whether you’re around a sizzling campfire or perusing the fairgrounds. Pair your gooey chocolate – marshmallow delight with the dark malt flavors, accented deftly by banana, clove, and low-hop bitterness.

Grab your Hoodoo at your favorite liquor store if you can’t find it at the #10kBeer Craft Beer Hall at the State Fair. Don’t know which liquor store carries our beer? Find it here: http://boomislandbrewing.com/find-beer

We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Grab a Witness, on tap at Giggles’ Campfire Grill, or a Belgian Flight at the Craft Beer Hall, housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building to start your journey. Remember to share your own Boom Island Beer and food finds with “#WitnessTheFair” to win free beer and prizes!

Stay tuned for more pairings — new ones each day of the MN State Fair!