Boom Days 2018 – Bike to Boom

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Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. It is also known as one of the most bikeable cities in the U.S.. So it is only fitting that we plan an event featuring bicycles and organization doing amazing work for the cummunity through bicyles.

11AM Free Yoga class with YogaFit

But we will start the day with a free Yoga class with a certified Yoga instrustor from YogaFit Northeast location.  It is simple, just bring a matt if you have one, a towel and a water bottle. All levels welcome.

Receive $1 off of your first beer when you Bike to Boom Days

 

  • 1pm, Velofix Mobile Bike Repair Van will be providing free lubes, with the ability to fix anything on your bicycle for a reasonable fee.
  • 4 – 7 pm Pedego Electric Bikes will be leading tours starting.
  • Sturdy Bags, a Minneapolis Bag maker, will also be featuring local bags and bike accessories. Sturdy Bags features a collaborative design and meticulous construction to heighten the cycling experience.
  • 1 – 5pm Full Cycle Bike Shop is a nonprofit bike shop in south Minneapolis that offers quality bikes and service to our community,  and provides important resources and opportunities to young people experiencing homelessness.Got a bike collecting dust in your garage?  Donate it! We are collecting “gently used” bicycles on Saturday, July 14 from 1-10pm. Don’t have a bike?  Drop by and donate some cash – these people are amazing and help hundreds of kids each year.
  • 1 – 5pm Our Streets Minneapolis,  for better biking during the winter months in Minneapolis. Now is the time save up for one of those fat tire winter bikes.  Now is the time to scope out a local shop that sells said bikes, and shop around a little.  Saturday, July 14 is the time to attend a bicycle-centric Boom Days event, drink some Cuvée and fill out a postcard directed to the Minneapolis City Council to improve sidewalk cleaning during winter for bicyclists!
  • 1 – 5pm Nice Bikes. You’ve seen them all over but never tried one?  Stop by the Nice Ride booth and learn about Nice Ride stations near you, and exactly how easy it is to partake.  Hop on a bike and start pedaling: your destination awaits.
  • 1 – 5pm Recovery Bikes. This is another amazing bike shop who does more than just repair and sell bikes. They run a program called More than a Bicycle. They fix donated bikes and ship them to Africa. Parts of Africa are growing rapidly, but there are still serious infrastructure needs and the poorest of the poor are often left behind in a developing nation. In places where it exists even public transportation can be too expensive for a daily commute. Bicycles help pick up the slack. A bicycle can turn a three hour walk to the market into a half-hour errand.

 

Boom Days 2018 – The Beer

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From Qiuxia

Many of you know and love Boom Days. We pull all the stops to celebrate summer and beer. What makes Boom Days special is the beer, the very special beer: Cuveé de Boom. This year we sweeten the deal and will  be releasing our Petite Rosé as well! Both will be available to take home in bottle form, with a limited amount each day of the event.

So what’s special about the beer? Cuvée de Boom  is unhopped and oak aged.  Cuvée consists of 45% Pinot Grigio grapes and 55% Belgian style blond ale.  Specifically created for our annual Boom Days Festival, this blend awakens a nuanced palate for even the most sophisticated beer aficionado. Some people call it Wine Beer, we call it delicious!

We will be releasing the two beers on Friday July 13.  At 4pm, we will tap Petite Rosé and at 6pm Cuveé de Boom will be released. Both beers will be on tap and in bottles.

Cuvée de Boom – 12.5%ABV  Release at

Appearance – Fluffy white head, which quickly dissipates into a light champagne-like effervescent beverage.

Aroma – Light malt that interplays with white plum & grape aroma.

Flavor – Smooth mouth feel from the wine morphs into a collage of champagne with a hint of plum and lingers into an assertively dry finish.

Petite Rosé

Petite Rosé is similar to the Summer time version of the Cuvée, except with roughly half of the ABV, hence the “Petite” of its name. This beautiful beer is unhopped and consists of a hybrid of Belgian blond ale, Pinot Grigio and a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon.  Deep ruby in color, the beer is fermented with a Champagne yeast strain. Imagine yourseld in the the Mediterranean sun when you have a glass in hand.

Petite Rosé  – 6% ABV

Appearance – Shimmering, fluffy white head, deep ruby in color.

Aroma – Red grape and plum, light malt intermingles.

Flavor – A hybrid of Belgian blond ale and a tantalizing sparkling Rosé.

It would not be a beer release party with activites. Here is what we have planned for you. Do Bike to Boom, you will get $1 off on your first beer if you do!

Don Oishi Kitchen Japanese Street Food

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The Skruffians with live instrumental Ska and Reggae

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Free Photo Booth with Heather Hanson Weddings Photography

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Bike to Boom Days 2018, July 13-15

 

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A Summer Celebration of Beer, Bands and Bicycles

For our 5th annual Boom Days summer celebration, we will be pulling out all the stops, and more than a few corks. It all begins on Friday evening with the much-anticipated release of Cuvée de Boom and Petite  Rosé.

Cuvée de Boom is unhopped beer that consists of a blend of Belgian blond ale and Chardonnay.  Petite Rosé is a delicious hybrid of Belgian strong ale and a tantalizing French Mediterranean Rosé. Both will be available on tap and in bottles during Boom Days while supplies last.

Visitors can also enjoy local bands and food trucks, take a yoga class, get their bicycles tuned up by Velofix Mobile Bike Repair or Tangletown Bikes, tour the Mississippi on an electric bike, enter a homebrew competition, learn about Belgian-inspired brewing.

Friday, July 13

Don Oishi Kitchen Food Truck

4:00 p.m. Petite Rosé release

6:00 p.m.  Cuvée de Boom  release

7:30 p.m. Live music by The Skruffians

Photo booth by Heather Hanson Wedding Photography

Saturday, July 14

11:00 a.m.  Free Boom Yoga by YogaFit

Vendors:

El Burrito Mercado Food Truck

Velofix Mobile Bike Repair Van

Our Streets

Full Cycle Bike Shop

Nice Ride

3:00-8:00 p.m. Tangletown Bikes offering bicycle adjustments and “Report Cards”

4:00-7:00 p.m. Pedego electric bike tours

Live music by:

3:00 p.m. Miss Myra and the Moonshiners

5:00 p.m. Bill Patten Trio

8:00 p.m.  Eleganza!

Sunday, July 15

1:00-5:00 p.m. On site Homebrewing demonstrations from Northern Brewer and Minnesota Home Brewers Association

2:00 p.m. Seminar on Yeast Propagation by Kevin Welch, Boom Island Brewer/Owner

3:00 p.m. Boom Days Homebrew Competition Awards Ceremony

4:00 p.m. Brewing Tips from Northern Brewer

5:00 p.m. Belgian Travel Insights by Kevin Welch

Pints & Purrs Fundraiser for Feline Rescue

 

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We are joining forces with Feline Rescue host the 3rd Annual Pints & Purrs Fundraiser. On Saturday, June 23, we pair unique Belgian-inspired craft beers with lots of cat-themed fun. Join us for a purring good time!

At Pints & Purrs, you’ll not only have the privilege of snuggling with Feline Rescue’s finest kittens, you’ll also meet a wide range of characters who love Belgian-style beer. A portion of the day’s Boom Room sales will benefit Feline Rescue.

Don’t miss out on Kitten Therapy – the most popular part of the day! Kitten Therapy is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to cuddle and play with some of our adorable, adoptable Feline Rescue foster kittens! For an opportunity to reserve an 8-minute therapy session, visit https://felinerescue.org/kittentherapy. Or you may wait until June 23 and enter for a chance to win 5 minutes with our kittens – winners will be drawn and announced only as spots become available. It’s best to hurry to try to secure a reservation!

Schedule of Events:

1-3 p.m. FACE PAINTING BY KAREN AND RED CARPET PHOTO OPS

1-5 p.m. KITTY KRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES
Make kitty krafts and cat toys to donate to Feline Rescue cats or take home to your own kitty. Participate in cat-themed coloring, games, activities, and fun for all ages!

1-8 p.m. KITTEN VIDEO FASHION SHOW
Watch Feline Rescue kittens strut their stuff and vote with your dollars to select our new 2019 Spokes Kitten!

SEE PAST KITTEN VIDEO FASHION SHOWS
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1-8 p.m. GASTROTRUCK FOOD TRUCK
Enjoy modern Midwestern cuisine that emphasizes seasonal, sustainable ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options are available.

2-5 p.m. KITTEN THERAPY
Visit https://felinerescue.org/kittentherapy for information about how to get your cuddle on with Feline Rescue’s foster kittens.

3-7 p.m. BOOM BEER PULL
You can’t lose! $20 gives you the opportunity to pull a 750ml Boom Island bottle of signature brew! If you’d like to donate a bottle (or case) please contact events@felinerescue.org.

3-7 p.m. DOOR PRIZE DRAWINGS
Prizes include Sojo’s gift box, gift cards, and kitty swag! Must be present to win.

About Boom Island Brewing Company

Following the Belgian tradition, all Boom Island beers are naturally carbonated and bottle conditioned. Live yeast is added just before the beer is bottled, resulting in a fresher tasting beer with flavors that continue to evolve over time. While you’re enjoying a beer, watch the Boom Island brew masters in the tap room as they use strains of Belgian yeast to produce the elusive qualities found only in beer from the breweries of their origin.

Contact info@events.felinerescue.org for more information.

Farm to Brewery: Literally.

qiuxiaHeadshot“Farm to table” to most of us means the relationship between farmers and food we consume at home or in restaurants. People want to know where their food comes from and the faces behind their food. They want it to be local and personal. For those of us working in breweries, “farm to table” has a new meaning. It means, “farms to bottles”, “farm to pints”, “farm to brewery”. In fact that relationship has been cultivated for centuries. In Europe, farmhouse breweries have deep roots in Belgium and France. Farmers use whatever grains and ingredients they have on hand to make beer. “Eating Local” is gaining in popularity in this age of processed everything, but back in the day it was the only way. Most of the beer they made was consumed within the household and shared with family and friends in the village. During harvest time, they would make large batches of beer using grains, including malts and wheat, spices like coriander, along with yeast and water that were all sourced from the farms.   The migrant farm workers were the beneficiaries of the beer which was simply called ”farmhouse” beer.  Today, this special style of beer is popular. The guideline is wide and flavors and ingredients are diverse.

True farmhouse breweries are becoming increasingly rare. Most breweries have moved on to using modern equipment and commercially sourced ingredients to meet their demands. But the relationship between farm and brewery is extremely close. At Boom Island Brewing we cultivate that relationship with Chad Douglass and his family at Douglass Farm in Mora, MN.

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For the past two years, Chad has picked up all of our spent grain to provide a nutrient rich food source for his animals.  The grain is saved from the landfills on our end, and Chad says his animal’s ears perk up when they hear the truck pull in with the grain.  The cows run beside his truck to get into the proper position for feeding time. Happy cows, happy everyone!

Chad and his wife Brenda and son Cooper have worked their 80-acre farm for two years.  They grow and bail their own hay, as well as some neighboring farms and end up bailing 250 acres each year.  A friend told him about the benefits of using spent grain, so he decided it was worth the hour trip from Mora.  The grain is high in protein, contains good starch and helps the cows maintain a grass-fed diet. In the heat of the summer some of the grain is used as compost for their garden.  They have a list of animals to feed, including Belted Galloway cows, dogs and exotic short hair cats, Brahma chickens, Serama chickens, ducks and geese. We look forward to Chad’s weekly visits. Many times he comes with chicken eggs, rabbit and beef fresh from the farm and we bond our friendship with a couple of pints.

Farm-to-brewery-to-farm-to-table. This is truly local, environmental and sustainable.

Every spring, we release our version of Farmhouse ale, called Saison (meaning “Season” in French). Each year our Saison would be unique, incorporating orange peel, barley, oats, wheat and perhaps a touch of rye. However, just calling it “Farmhouse” isn’t enough this year:  we are bringing the farm to our north Minneapolis brewery. Boom Island parking lot will host baby Rex rabbits, miniature Serama chickens, a Galloway calf or two and some new hatchling baby ducks.  Maybe even a pony or two, and possibly a goat.  Chad Douglass will be on hand to answer questions and sell a few of his wares. Dog treats using spent grain will be made available for dog owners and their pets.

Come during the day to pet the animals and stay for live Jazz at 7pm. The MN Hard Bop Collective will be playing music of Bobby Watson.

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Saison,  Farmhouse Ale

Saison – 6% ABV

Appearance – Light copper in color with a fluffy white head

Aroma – Soft and subtle citrus.

Flavor – Smooth mouth feel, light spice bitterness with its trademark dry and delicate finish.

Eat local, drink local!

Cheers!

 

Conversation with Thijs Maenhout

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Qiuxia Welch, Co-founder Boom Island Brewing

On February 23, we released our first collaboration beer created in partnership with a small Belgian brewery, Brouwerij Maenhout. The beer, Kollusion, is a Russian Imperial Stout. It’s not a style commonly associated with Belgium, and neither Brouwerij Maenhout or Boom Island has released one before. I checked in with Thijs Maenhout to get his thoughts on the experience.

What inspired this collaboration?

It was a fun experiment! Kollusion has been very well received in Belgium, in fact it sold out in three days! I have never made a stout before, and I was excited to try something new. Here in Belgium traditions are strong. People like to drink what they are familiar with over and over. But as a brewer, I like to try new things and experiment with new styles. It can be boring if you just make same beer every day. I’d like to brew more collaborations with Boom Island. I think we could learn more if we were to brew side by side.

What is your favorite Russian Imperial Stout?

Mmm…honestly, I have never had one before! This beer was a pure experiment and I had a lot fun making it.

What are your thoughts about the craft beer industry in America today?

I am very interested in learning more about the U.S. craft beer industry. I’m a member of the Brewers Association and I’m active on many online craft beer forums. Belgium and the U.S. are very different. Here in Belgium, people stick to traditions. It takes a long time for brewers to come out with new beers, because our consumers like to drink the same beer that they have been drinking for years. It is changing, but slowly. There are more hoppy beers now in Belgium, and brewers are experimenting more with other styles. I like what is happening in the U.S. The market is very diverse. Brewers and consumers aren’t afraid to try new things, and they’re not afraid to think outside the box. Sometimes these new beers work, sometimes they don’t. People just move on and keep trying new things. I like that. I like that spirit. That is why I want to collaborate with Kevin and learn from him.

This collaboration is a story of what’s possible when two breweries from different countries learn from each other. What would you like people in the U.S. to know about Belgian beers?

Two things. Tradition and balance. We have a long history of making beer, so there is a lot of knowledge that comes from brewing Trappist beers to lambic and gueuze beers. These traditions have been passed down for hundreds of years. Belgians are good at brewing! Another thing is balance. We always try to make balanced beer. It is never too bitter, or too sweet. We believe that is essential for making good beer.

What do you say to people who say “I don’t like Belgian beer.”

Try another. There are over 1,600 different beers in Belgium. Trust me, you’ll find one you like.

Thank you so much for taking time to talk about this collaboration. Do you have plans for another one?

Yes! I am looking forward to brewing another beer with Boom Island when you Kevin come to Belgium in April with your tour group.

 

More readings on Belgian beer history and Belgian beers:

The Great Beers of Belgium – Michael Jackson

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide to Belgium – Tim Webb, Joe Stange

The Belgian Beer Book – Erick Verdonck

 

 

Dubbel/Tripel

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On our most recent trip to Belgium, we visited three of the countries six fabled monasteries in one day.   Needless to say we drank and ate that afternoon like royalty.  We did learn something that day however.  One of the monasteries, which shall remain nameless at this time to protect the innocent, offers a beer called “Half and Half”.  It consists of half pours of their Dubbel and Tripel in the same glass.  Delicious.

 

Upon returning home, the first thing we did was pour half of our Hoodoo Dubbel and half of the Brimstone Tripel in a glass and tried it out.  Delicious.  Therefore, effective immediately, we have added the Dubbel/Tripel to our beer list.  Stop by the taproom to see for yourself.  It is within your rights as a consumer to purchase a bottle of Hoodoo and Brimstone and pour the Dubbel/Tripel in the comfort of your own home.

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It is priced the same as a 12-ounce pour of the Hoodoo or Brimstone.  It’s not available in sample, bottle or growler form.  The Dubbel/Tripel is something we should have thought of long ago.

I guess it reinforces the fact that we need to go Belgium more often.

Prost!