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

Don Oishi

The Skruffians with live instrumental Ska and Reggae

Skruffians

Free Photo Booth with Heather Hanson Weddings Photography

Heather Hason

Famous Belgians – Eddy Merckx

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From-JimSimilar to our home here in Minneapolis, Belgium is a place of bicycling fanatics. Nearly every village has a cycling club where members meet two or three time per week to pedal the picturesque countryside and riverways, much like how cyclists here will embark along the Mississippi River or venture out on trails beyond the city limits.

The undisputed greatest cyclist ever is Eddy Merckx from Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium. Born in 1945 and known as “The Cannibal,” Merckx was a time trial machine, one of the best climbers and was rarely beaten sprinting to the finish.  

His resume includes five Tour de France victories, which is a feat only matched by Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Lance Armstrong.  Of course we all know now that Mr. Armstrong was on more drugs than a touring funk band.  In the 1969 Tour de France, Merckx won the Yellow Jersey as the overall winner, the Green Jersey for points winner and the Polka-Dot Jersey for being the best climber.  In all he won over 300 races.

Many of his records held up until updated technology paved the way for faster times.  I think it’s safe to say that Belgians are as proud of the achievements of Eddy Merckx as Americans are ashamed of the disgraceful bravado and unscrupulous fall of Lance Armstrong.

But as we head into the prime time for biking here in Minnesota – and in particular, the popular April challenge 30 Days of Biking – we can reflect on how biking fans here in Minneapolis share something with Merckx, which is perhaps the freedom and exhiliarion of the ride itself.