It’s Only Wit But We Love It! Brouwerij Maenhout Collaboration

What does “collaboration” mean in the fast-paced, and ever changing craft brewing world? There are plenty of one-and-done collaborative beers out there. They appear fast and disappear even faster. Boom Island Brewing is no stranger to the collaboration beer scene. Last fall, we released our first collaborative beer, Kollusion, a Russian Imperial Stout,  with a …

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Belgian Pale Ale, what might be one of the most under-recognized of the Belgian styles.

Silvius Brabo was a mythical Roman soldier who killed a giant in Antwerp, Belgium.  The story goes like this: once upon a time there was a giant named Droun Antigoon, who asked for money from people to cross the only bridge over the river Scheldt. If they couldn’t pay, he would cut off their hand …

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This Is More Than Beer To Me

I always wanted a beer that represents where I am from. A beer that reminds me of home and great times with friends. I want to make that connection and I want to share my story with you. I had the opportunity to sit down with a good friend Frank from the Minnesota Skinny who …

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Conversation with Thijs Maenhout

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 …

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The Kollusion Kollaboration

“Why would two different brewers stick their mash paddles into the same pot?” This was a question posed to me by a Dutch brewer in a small enclave of Belgian territory about 5 years ago. That has been my thinking ever since regarding collaborations. They almost always come across as a marketing gimmick, despite the …

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Exploring Chinese Beer Culture

--with Qiuxia & Heather What's the craft beer scene like in China? Qiuxia, Boom Island's Co-owner, and Social Media Manager Heather are about to find out... Qiuxia and Heather are headed to Chengdu, China; Qiuxia's home town, for a whirlwind week of exploring beer culture in China. We are wondering (and you might be too): How is the beer culture …

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