Boom Island Brewing Company eyeing west suburbs for new location

After almost eight years calling the Hawthorne/Near North neighborhood of Minneapolis home, Boom Island Brewing Company on Saturday, September 8, announced it would be seeking a new location. The decision came after four people were shot just steps from the brewery on Friday, September 7. One of the shooting victims died. The company launched a … [ Read more]

What We’re Drinking: March 2018

Welcome back to What We’re Drinking, wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on recent remarkable beverages. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Brian Kaufenberg, Managing Editor ■ Boom Island Kriek Boom Island’s Spontaneous Series has yielded some of the state’s most complex wild ales and their latest offering, Kriek, continues the … [ Read more]

Boom Island Brewing gets spontaneous again: Kriek

Spontaneous fermentation—the origin story of beer. Brewing techniques and technology have come a long way from the first bready liquids fermented naturally via wild, airborne yeasts in ancient Mesopotamia, but the tradition of spontaneous fermentation is still carried on by small number of breweries around the world. Here in Minnesota, Boom Island Brewing, is keeping the technique alive with … [ Read more]

More jazzy nights coming to the Boom Room

Due to the success of their recently added Boom Room Jazz series, Boom Island Brewing Company just announced they have expanded their Boom Room Jazz nights to every Saturday at 7pm throughout the summer starting May 28. The series, which kicked off in March, originally featured free jazz concerts by local jazz musicians the last Saturday of the month, from 7-8:30pm. … [ Read more]

Boom Island Belgian-style homebrewing competition returns

Boom Island Brewing Company today announced the return of its Belgian-style Homebrewing Competition as a part of the annual Boom Days festival, July 15-17. The Boom Days festival honors Belgian National Day, and the Belgian-style Homebrewing Competition is Boom Island’s way to give homebrewers an opportunity to partake in the celebration. Participants must submit Belgian-style beer to qualify ($7 … [ Read more]

Symphony and Suds Takes Classical Music Off the Stage and Into the Taproom

In a time when all things old are suddenly cool again, you’d think orchestral music would be a hot ticket item. But for some reason, while record players and retro furniture and typewriters have all made their way back into everyday life, classical music is still being snubbed by younger generations, and labeled as stuffy, … [ Read more]

First Taste: Oude Funk by Boom Island Brewery

It is a bold move for a startup brewery to brew a blended Geueze Lambic. First, it requires patience, since the style’s brewing process takes at least three years. Second, it requires knowledge of blending techniques rarely seen outside of Belgium. Third, it requires valuable fermentation space. As in quantum physics, no two beers can … [ Read more]

First in US: Boom Island’s New Bottling Unit

Photos by Aaron Davidson Boom Island Brewing Company follows as many traditional European techniques as possible to maintain the authenticity of its Belgian-style beers, including allowing their beer to carbonate naturally through bottle conditioning. While bottling has been done by hand for the three years Boom Island has been in operation, the brewery is now … [ Read more]

Your Guide to Sunday Growler Sales in Minneapolis

Following passage at the state level and subsequent approval by the Minneapolis City Council, Sunday growler sales will be legal in Minneapolis starting this Sunday, June 14. Below is a listing of Minneapolis breweries and brewpubs that will be selling growlers on Sundays and their hours. In terms of special offers to mark the occasion … [ Read more]

Winner of Homebrew Competition Will Brew Their Own Recipe at Boom Island

Boom Island Brewing Company is giving one homebrewer the chance to make the jump from garage to brewhouse, but first they have to prove their mettle in a Belgian-style homebrew competition as part of the brewery’s annual Boom Days celebration, July 17-19. The grand prize winner will brew their beer on Boom Island’s 15-barrel system … [ Read more]

Boom Island Saison

Boom Island Brewing Company Saison 6.0% ABV, 48 IBU The first signs of spring in Minnesota aren’t when birds start chirping or when plants start sprouting, it’s when the saisons start popping up on shelves. This year we are lucky enough to have Boom Island’s Saison make its first ever appearance in bottles. With excellent … [ Read more]

The Ultimate Art-A-Whirl Beer Guide

Northeast Minneapolis is the poster child for the Twin Cities’ creative scene. From innovative breweries to one-of-a-kind artist studios to quirky restaurants, the neighborhood wasn’t dubbed Minneapolis’ Arts District for nothing, and this weekend the doors are being thrown wide open for Art-A-Whirl. It’s no surprise, then, that the big annual event in Northeast would … [ Read more]

Boom Island Opens Taproom February 1st

Boom Island Brewing Company is back up and running! Their new taproom will be ready to pour February 1st from noon to 9:00pm. Regular hours will be Wednesday through Friday 4-9pm, Saturdays 1-9pm starting February 5th. Scheduled tours will pop up later, so stay updated on our events page and sign up for the Boom … [ Read more]

Stout-Braised Chuck Roast, Big Wood Blue Cheesecake & Barleywine Fig Compote

Dinner on the Farm presents its latest farm to table recipes. Recipe By Dan Parker Photos by Aaron Davidson The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and while the long months of winter weather are just beginning, the holiday season brings great food, great beer, and most importantly, the great company of those we … [ Read more]

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Bigger and Better: Minnesota Breweries Build for the Future

All around the state, Minnesota’s breweries are expanding brewing capacity and putting ambitious distribution plans in place. By Jeremy Zoss Photos by Joe Alton Four months after opening its small North Minneapolis brewery, Boom Island Brewing’s founder Kevin Welch knew that he would need to expand. Welch and his family—who are also his business partners—planned … [ Read more]

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