Saison Release is March 20th!

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The first day of Spring is March 20th this year.   Anyone who has lived in these parts for any amount of time knows that we could be dining on a rooftop in shorts, or up to our elbows in snowdrifts on that date.  Boom Island Brewing Company is releasing its new Farmhouse-style ale, Saison, to make either scenario a perfect reason to drink beer.

Boom Island’s Saison is a traditional Farmhouse style beer brewed with barley, oats and a touch of rye. Traditionally these beers were brewed by Belgian farmsteads to provide sustenance and quench the thirsts of farm laborers through the Spring and Summer months of work.   More details:

Saison – 6% ABV

Appearance – Fluffy White head on top of a Deep Straw to Light Copper colored beer

Aroma – Delicate Orange or Citrus.

Flavor – Smooth mouth feel from the oats morphs into a collage of spice and light    bitterness, which lingers into an assertively dry finish.

Schedule of events for Friday March 20:

4pm: Boom Room open/$3 Pours of Saison

5pm: Sandy’s Grill & Italian Ice Food Truck on Site

7pm: Local rockers Loons in the Attic perform

Boom Island Brewing Company is located on 2014 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis MN 55411 in north Minneapolis.  Find the alley entrance to the taproom in the back of the building.  Whether you’re dusting off your flip-flops on 3/20 or donning your snowmobile suit for the hundredth time, one thing remains constant:  Any time you drink a Farmhouse-style ale on the first day of Spring it is a good day.

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!