Boom Days: Meet the Bands (6)

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 Eleganza!

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 played the First Avenue BEST NEW BANDS of 2012, and have opened for The ALABAMA SHAKES, CHARLES BRADLEY, BOB LOG III, LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES, LEFT LANE CRUISER, BUFFALO KILLERS, MEAT PUPPETS, BOBBY BARE Jr. and more!

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

We urge you to “Like” them immediately: https://www.facebook.com/eleganzaband/

Twitter  https://twitter.com/Eleganza_band

Boom Days: Meet the Bands (4)

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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.

 

Play List: https://martindevaney.bandcamp.com/music

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martindevaneymusic/

Cuvée de Boom

From-Kevin
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2016 Vintage Barrel Aged Cuvée de Boom.
As the name implies, this is a beer which reflects the role that winemaking has had on the beer culture of Belgium. Cuvée de Boom is roughly half Pinot Grigio and half Belgian Blond. The Cuvée is corked and caged then refermented in the bottle in the very same method as Champagne. This year, we aged the Cuvée on French oak for 6 weeks to give it even more depth from the wine perspective. It comes in at 12% ABV and has a beautiful white grape flavor which is accentuated by notes of oak as the beer warms. Slightly deeper yellow than Champagne and has a light white head of foam that sits atop the liquid.
There is a limited quantity of Cuvée de Boom made specifically for this year’s Boom Days, July 15-17.  Make sure you stop by for a bottle while supplies last.
Enjoy and Prost!

Boom Days: Meet the Band (3)

The Bill Patten Trio

Performing: Saturday July 16 at 5:00PM

The Bill Patten Trio (aka the bp3) is a Minneapolis based rock band that specializes in a fuzzed-up, 60’s kinda mish mash of styles with effects-laden acoustic guitar (Bill Patten), bass (Jon Olson), and drums (Mark Har). Putting their spin on tunes from the Great American Songbook along with their original songs, the Bill Patten Trio thrives on spontaneous sets and beer enthused audiences.

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Our Own Boom Room Jazz Band

Performing: Friday, July 15th at 8pm

Brad Bellows is a valve-trombonist that has lived and performed at jazz clubs,
coffee houses, restaurants and music halls in the Twin Cities for 35 years. This includes years playing with saxophone greats Eddie Berger, John Devine and Donald Washington, trombonist Dave Graf and guitarist Dean Granros -with whom Brad recorded the duo CD (Bear’s Delight) in 2000.  Educated at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Brad has performed all genres of improvised music but is currently playing small group jazz with saxophonist Larry Hillman and rhythm sections featuring great musicians including guitarists Reuben Ristrom and Zacc Harris, vibraphonist Steve Kimmel, bassists Tom Lewis, Jim Chenoweth and Bruce "Pooch" Heine, and drummers Mac Santiago, Jesse Simon and Kenny  Horst.

Brad Bellow and Friends will be headlining the opening night of Boom Days on Friday July 15th at 8pm on the outdoor stage.

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!