Boom Island releases new beer; fire extinguisher sold separately
- Blog Post by: Tom Horgen
- May 22, 2012 - 11:44 AM
The family affair behind Boom Island Brewing has been getting more ambitious with each new beer. The Belgian-inspired crew started with Silvius, a very drinkable Pale Ale. Then came Thoprock, a smooth but hoppy IPA. Most recently was Hoodoo, a dark Belgian dubbel. Now comes Brimstone, a Belgian tripel clocking in at a fiery 9.5%. The north Minneapolis microbrewery will celebrate Brimstone’s release Tuesday with the first tapping at Eli’s East. A 10-oz pour of the Belgian Strong will be $4.50 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The price will go up to $6 after that. In fact, all Boom Island beers will be on tap at Eli’s East.
Then on Wednesday, Boom Island will welcome beer fans to the brewery for the bottle release of Brimstone (5-8 p.m.). This will be the first public event at the tiny brewery, located just down the street from Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den. Bottles of Brimstone will go for $10 (tax included, limit two).
I got a chance to hang out with owners/brewers Kevin and Qiuxia Welch earlier this year at their brewery. They’ve got a great little operation going there and a fun story, too. The couple are professional French horn players who also love Belgian beer. With the help of Qiuxia’s 65-year-old father, Hu Yong Shou, the crew built their 700-square-foot brewery floor late last year. The family hand craft everything themselves. Qiuxia’s mother even helps with the bottle labels and folding the shipping boxes. Check out my March profile of the family and its brewery here.
Brimstone draft release: 4:30 p.m Tue., Eli’s East, 815 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-331-0031. www.elisfoodandcocktails.com
Brimstone bottles release: 5-8 p.m. Wed. Boom Island brewery, 2207 N. 2nd St., Mpls. 612-227-9635. www.boomislandbrewing.com
(Photo by Kyndell Harkness)
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