New taprooms, Boom Days, and Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Fest this weekend

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Loren Green

Got the post-All Star Game doldrums? Well, there are always new breweries, festivals, and beers to keep weekends new and exciting as the Twins kick off the second half of the season.

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Bauhaus Brew Labs is opening its doors to the public on Friday, introducing the crowdfunded taproom and a lineup of German-influenced craft beers. They'll host food trucks in the form of Motley Crew's (Friday) and Rusty Taco (Saturday).

In addition to some new beers on the market, there are also a couple of brewery-sponsored festivals.

Friday through Sunday, Boom Island hosts the Belgian-themed first annual Boom Days. The festival includes special beers, Belgian games, homebrew forums, and food trucks. On Saturday, Harriet Brewing and Patrick's Cabaret team up for the 4th annual Roots, Rock, and Deep Blues Festival. It's an all-day party at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue with five stages and over 30 bands, along with several food trucks.

Also on Saturday, Surly is hosting a 5K as part of the MN Brewery Running Series.

Saturday evening, Parkway Theater will screen the premiere of Crafted to Last, a local documentary about microbrewing. There will also be live music and beers from breweries such as Indeed, Fulton, Lift Bridge, Surly, Brau Bros, Badger Hill, Lucid, and Schell's.

Town Hall Lanes is marking its first anniversary with special beers all week, including a new Citra Pale Ale on Friday and a Belgian Wit on Saturday. And keep your eyes out for the latest from Roseville's Bent Brewstillery, Lakeside Blonde and the new Arminius from Schell's.

In weekend food trucks, Boom Island welcomes Nate Dogs (Friday), Simply Steve's (Saturday), and Tollefson Family Grill (Sunday). Hot Indian Foods will be parked at Harriet Friday, and Tollefson's (Friday) and Kabomelette (Saturday) will be at Surly.

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