The Great MN Get Together Day #10

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

FRENCH FRIES & WITNESS

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French fries may seem like a mild food choice at a fair where exotic and fried dishes reign, but you have to admit, you can never go wrong with the “World’s Greatest!” Pair this crowd pleaser with Witness Witbier, whether you’re at the Minnesota State Fair or grilling up some goodness at home with friends!

Grab a Witness, on tap at Giggles’ Campfire Grill, and more at the Craft Beer Hall, housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building to start your journey. Remember to share your own Boom Island Beer and food finds with “#WitnessTheFair” to win free beer and prizes!

****We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Stay tuned for more pairings — new ones each day of the MN State Fair!

The Great MN Get Together Day #8

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

PRONTO PUPS & WITNESS

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Who can resist a hot dog, layered in a crisp and fluffy pancake-batter bun? With ketchup, mustard, or both, you can’t go wrong. Pair this pup with the floral and citrus flavor of Witness, witbier. The perfect summer snack, at the State Fair or a day up at the cabin.

Find your refreshing glass of Witness at the back right bar at Giggles’ Campfire Grill at the Minnesota State Fair, or from your favorite liquor store. Find Boom Island in a liquor store near you by visiting: http://boomislandbrewing.com/find-beer

We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Stay tuned for more pairings — new ones each day of the MN State Fair!

The Great MN Get Together Day #4

We have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

WITNESS & WALLEYE CAKES

Photo by Kathleen, of the Culinary Capers
Photo by Kathleen, of the Culinary Capers

Giggles’ Walleye Cakes and Witness are a match made in heaven. This smooth, refreshingly light Belgian beer pairs well with this savory treat!

Grab a Witness, on tap at Giggles’ Campfire Grill at the back right bar and your walleye cakes and enjoy! Remember to share your own Boom Island Beer and food finds with “#WitnessTheFair” to win free beer and prizes!gigglesCampfireGrill logo

We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Stay tuned for more recipes, released each day of the fair and make sure to stop by Giggles’ Campfire Grill to grab your Witness!

The Great MN Get Together! Day #1

It’s the start of the 2015 Minnesota State Fair and we have the guide to get you going on the best food pairings of the year! Every day we will share a new fair food pairing to go along with each of our beers available on tap. So grab some great local beer and great food to finish out the summer right!

Pair your MN State Fair food with BoomIslandBeer and share with the hashtag ‪#‎WitnessTheFair‬ to WIN PRIZES!
Pair your MN State Fair food with BoomIslandBeer and share with the hashtag ‪#‎WitnessTheFair‬ to WIN PRIZES!

This year you can grab our Witness, witbier on tap at Giggles’ Campfire Grill, and our Belgian Flight at the Craft Beer Hall, housed in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building. The Belgian Flight includes Witness, Saison, Hoodoo, and Brimstone.

Let’s start with a classic…

CHEESE CURDS & WITNESS

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Ahh, cheese curds. The perfect combination of salty battered cheese heaven. We suggest you pair this crowd favorite with a refreshing Witness, witbier. This beer has citrusy undertones and smooth flavor that meld well with salty snacks!

We want to know: What ‪#‎MNStateFair‬ food are you pairing with the ‪#‎BoomIslandBeer‬ on tap? Share your selections using the hashtag “#WitnessTheFair ” August 27 – Septmebr 7 to win FREE BEER & PRIZES! Winner(s) announced September 8!

Stay tuned for more recipes, released each day of the fair and make sure to stop by Giggles’ Campfire Grill to grab your Witness!

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Witness Witbier Cookies paired with Witness Wit

If Witness were a cookie, this would be it. These are sure to add a bit of citrus-y joy to your holiday!

Witness Witbier Cookies paired with Witness Wit, photo by Heather Hanson
Witness Witbier Cookies paired with Witness Wit, photo by Heather Hanson Photography LLC

  Recipe adapted from Food Republic by Samantha Haddow Yields about 4 dozen cookies Ingredients for the cookies

  • 2 – 12 oz bottles of Witness Wit
  • 5 Tbsp honey
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks), softened
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda

for the glaze

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  Preparation

  • Combine the Witness and honey in a medium-sized heavy-bottomed saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the beer to a gentle boil, skimming foam as needed. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (this may take up to an hour). Allow to cool slightly.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy and well combine. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the coriander, orange zest and beer reduction, mixing until just combined.
  • Combine the flour and baking soda. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
  • Drop batter by heaping Tbsp onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • For the icing, whisk together the vanilla, zest, orange juice, cream and powdered sugar. Spoon a dollop onto each cookie and spread icing to the edges. Allow to set 15-20 minutes before serving.
  • ENJOY!

*Prepared by Samantha Haddow & Taste-tested by friends!

Boom Island Thanksgiving Pairing No. 5: Witness & Witness Honey Rolls

IMG_8009It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without a side of Rolls to go with your fabulous Turkey. Our recipe combines the citrus flavors of Witness Wit with the light, fluffy texture of a great roll.

recipe adapted from Jackie at TheBeeroness.com by Samantha Haddow
yields 18 rolls

Ingredients for the rolls
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 1 Tbsp dry active yeast
• 5 cups bread flour
• ¼ cup dry milk powder
• ¼ tsp salt
• 2/3 cup Witness Wit
• 4 eggs
• 4 Tbsp honey
• 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened for the tops of the rolls
• 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
• 1 tsp honey
• ½ tsp coarse salt
• ½ tsp orange zest
• pinch of ground coriander

Preparation
In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the cream to about 110°F. Add the yeast and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, salt and dry milk powder. Add the cream and the Witness, mix until just combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly between additions. Add the honey and butter and stir until combined. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticky.

Coat the inside of large bowl with oil. Form the dough into a ball place in the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm room until doubled in size.

Turn out the down onto a clean work surface and knead lightly for about 1 minute.

Cut the dough in half, then into thirds to form 6 equal sized pieces. Cut each piece into third again to create 18 equally sized pieces.

Gently roll each piece of dough, forming a smooth ball. Using two 9 x 9 inch baking dishes, arrange the rolls leaving a bit of space between each. Cover and allow to rise until about doubled in size.

Heat oven to 400 (the perfect time is right after the turkey has been removed to rest)

Combine the melted butter and honey. Brush the top of the rolls with honey butter mixture, sprinkle with salt, zest and coriander.

Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

 

*Recipe tried & tasted by Samantha Haddow
*Photo by Heather Hanson Photography LLC