Brewer Bryan carved up the inside of a giant pumpkin, courtesy of Margaret & Kenny Ingebrigtson and their local business, Grateful Bounty Farms. The pumpkin weighed in just under 105 lbs. Bryan and Brewer Eddie filled it with a few gallons of Cabin Fever and sealed it to create our unique cask for the Halloween Bash on Friday, Oct. 31. Scary Monster and the Super Creeps take the stage @ 9 p.m. Tickets: $5.
On Thursday evening, Oct. 2, a day Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville declared “Barb’s Beer Day,” Barb’s Beer Foundation presented $3,125 to Dr. Howard West, president of cancergrace.org and renowned oncologist at Swedish Medical Center, for lung cancer research.
Barbara Murphy, an avid runner, skilled interior designer, wife, mother and friend, lost her battle to non-smokers lung cancer in December 2013. Her husband, Tom, started the Barb’s Beer Foundation to help raise money to find a for cure lung cancer.
Phase One’s beer was launched on July 1 at La Fiamma in Bellingham. Boundary Bay Brewery will get the opportunity to brew for Phase Two.
“We are excited to help a great foundation continue to grow,” Boundary Bay Brewery General Manager Janet Lightner says. “We are grateful to be part of the cause and can’t wait to see where Tom takes it.”
Boundary Bay Brewer Bryan Krueger started the batch for Phase Two on Saturday, Sept. 27. The original recipe was written by local resident Chuck Hohing. Phase One was brewed at North Sound Brewing in Mount Vernon. The recipe for Phase Two has been tweaked slightly and will resemble a classic Northwest pale ale.
For more information please visit barbsbeer.org.
We are very excited to announce that Boundary Bay Brewer Bryan Krueger is now a Certified Cicerone®! To give you a sense of scale, there are just 29 Certified Cicerones in Washington state; Bryan is one of four in Whatcom County.
“The Cicerone® Certification Program certifies and educates beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers.” There are 3 levels in the certification process, which include the following: Certified Beer Server, Certified Cicerone® and Master Cicerone®.
“I am very excited about utilizing this new credential and the knowledge and experience it represents to continue ‘upping the ante’ on beer quality here at Boundary Bay and in Bellingham at large!” Bryan says.
Bryan’s interest in the Cicerone program developed after General Manager Janet Lightner got involved. Janet, a Cicerone® Certified Beer Server, encouraged Bryan to take it to the next level and study to become a Certified Cicerone®, after quickly passing the Certified Beer Server online exam.
In preparation, he studied everything from beer styles to food pairings to the whole brewing process. Feeling confident enough to try the test, Bryan decided to take the last one of the summer on August 8.
The first portion of the test consisted of a three-hour written exam with three essays and several short answer questions. In the second portion of the test, Bryan demonstrated how to disassemble and clean a draught faucet. The final portion was beer tasting, the section he admittedly feared the most, yet scored the highest on after all was said and done.
A week prior, Bryan assembled an off-flavors-beer tasting test with the brewery staff. It didn’t go well as hoped. They did the tasting outside in the beer garden, but the wind was whipping that day, messing with abilities to perceive aromas accurately. “For consistency, tastings are best done indoors,” Bryan says.
On September 9, 2014 Bryan was informed via email he was now a Certified Cicerone®.
Since joining Boundary Bay a year ago, Bryan has written more than a half-dozen new recipes, including Cedar Dust IPA, Wonderland Belgian-Strong Golden, and Lost Giants Imperial Cascadia Dark Ale; as well as revamping several existing Boundary Bay beer styles. Bryan recipes are varied, not just one particular style.
“When I write a recipe I think about what we are trying to brew, not just in literal terms,” Bryan says. “What is the history of the beer style? How does that define the way the style is? How do we tweak the recipe to make something delicious and provide a truly unique experience for the beer-lover? And as Brewers, how can we make the best possible wort so that the yeast happy and make beautiful beer?”
He admits that he also tries to include Belgian specialty malts whenever it is appropriate because he loves the distinctive aromatic qualities that they lend to the beer.
Outside the brewery, Bryan loves to garden, fly fish, cook, mushroom hunt and camp with his family. Of course he likes to try new beers too, especially since passing the Certified Cicerone® exam.
Bryan lives in Bellingham with his wife Clare and their two daughters; Edie, 3, Althaea, 1, and an old cat named Doc.
Brewer Bryan Krueger and Chef Matt Hansen have teamed up with the The Local‘s Chef, Brandon Petersen, and Menace Brewing to create an exquisite 5-course menu, highlighting the collaborative and sustainable efforts of Sustainable Connections EAT LOCAL MONTH and Bellingham Beer Week. The date for the dinner is set on the second day of Beer Week; Saturday, September 13th @7:30 in the Boundary Beer Garden. Give us a call at 360-647-5593 to reserve your spot today!
First Course: Crab Stuffed Endive paired with BBB pilsnerGreen tomato coulis, saffron-avocado crème fraiche, pickled lime, roasted corn and poblano relish.
Second Course: Figs in a Blanket paired with Not Shawn’s Saison Puff pastry wrapped figs stuffed with gorgonzola, manchego, and brie. Served with fig-apple compote.
Third Course (The Local and Menace Brewery): Smoked Cod Napoleon paired with Sorachi Ace dry hopped wheat beer. Potato crisps, sweet corn puree, heirloom tomato and citrus vinaigrette tossed herb salad.
Fourth Course: Saddle of Rabbit paired with Harvest Rye Proscuitto wrapped and stuffed with cavelstrano olives, roasted shallot, chanterelle mushrooms, marjoram and fennel jam.
Dessert: Coffee Porter Torte paired with Cacao-infused Imperial Porter Silky ganache, porter marzipan, joconde spongecake.
*Menu is subject to change
Disneyland for adults…10 days of craft beer related events all over the city! The 3rd annual Bham Beer Week runs September 12th-21st. Kick off your Beer Week by cracking a can of Kristalweizen! This year, Boundary brewed and canned the 2nd annual Bellingham Collaboration Beer, Whatcom Wheat Kristalweizen, in participation with our eight Whatcom County breweries: Aslan, Chuckanut, Gruff, Kulshan, Menace, Northfork, Stones Throw and Wander. Whatcom Wheat can be found in 16oz cans throughout the Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and King County areas.
Here’s what Boundary’s up to for Beer Week:
- 9/12 Brewshed Happy Hour Beer Week kicks off on Friday, September 12th with a Brewshed Happy Hour in the Beer Garden. Come enjoy Boundary, Wander and Aslan brews at our Friday Fish Fry. For every pint sold, a $1 will go to WA Wild: a non profit organization who works to protect Washington’s wild river systems and the lands they flow through, many of which supply drinking water to Washington communities and provide the water to create delicious local beers.
- 9/13 Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament Cribbage is one of those games that young and old, stranger and friend can play together in good spirited fun. It’s an all-inclusive way to put a positive spin on conflict-through friendly competition. We hope you will join in the fun and continue to support the WDRC at the 8th Annual Compete for a Cause Tournament. The tournament is held in the Boundary Bay beer garden and starts at 10am. We’ll start the morning off with mimosas and have the bar and BBQ open by the afternoon. Early registration is strongly encouraged and spectators are welcome. You can register online or right here at Boundary Bay over a pint! Forms can be picked up and dropped off at the bar. We also have a downlodable form you can print and bring in. Early registration $25 adults, $20 for seniors & students [Day of is $30] Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, though some knowledge of the game helps. Start practicing!
- 9/13 Collaboration Beer Pairing Dinner Boundary Chef Matt Hansen and Brewer Bryan Krueger have been working on a Collaborative Five-Course Dinner with The Local‘s Chef, Brandon Petersen along with our friends at Menace Brewing. The date is set for September 13th from 7:30-9:30 in the Beer Garden. Call 360-647-5593 to reserve your spot today. *$55 a person
- 9/16 Boundary’s 19th Anniversary! We’re legal…in Canada! In celebration of our 19th Birthday, we’ll be releasing Batch 5,000 Imperial Porter. Swing by and try this heavy weight of a brew. If you like our Oatmeal Stout, you’re gonna love this. We recommend pairing it with dessert!
- 9/16 FemALES Join Bellingham’s women in the craft beer industry and their beer. We’ll hear from all our local brewery women reps about their love of beer. Includes tastes from all the Bellingham breweries. This is a fundraiser for Opportunity Council’s Women Programs. @7pm // 21+
- 9/17 Finish Festival with Olli Hirvonen Olli Hirvonen will be performing with his trio, Red Reiter, on Wednesday, September 17th at 7pm. The Finlandia Foundation presents a night of beautiful Finish guitar music paired with a delicious Finish menu. $15 cover, all ages welcome.
Have fun, be safe and designate a driver. Cheers, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Join us on Saturday, September 13th, and help support a valuable local non-profit by participating in our 8th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament. All proceeds raised will go to support Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. A non-profit offering conflict prevention and intervention services for businesses, organizations, individuals, and families, WDRC seeks to help community members to better manage conflict as it arises, and to learn ways to minimize the possibility of it occurring.
Cribbage is one of those games that young and old, stranger and friend can play together in good spirited fun. It’s an all-inclusive way to put a positive spin on conflict-through friendly competition. We hope you will join in the fun! All ages and experience levels are welcome, though understanding of the game is important.
The Beer Garden Bar will be open for mimosas in the morning. In the afternoon, we’ll have our BBQ & Bar open for service. You are welcome to grab some BBQ when you get a chance. Early registration is strongly encouraged (and discounted!) $25 for adults // $20 for students & seniors. Day of registration is $30. Sign up online, or in person at the Boundary Bay Bar.
The tournament will begin at 11am with 10am checkin
Whatcom Co – The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC), 8th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament was held Saturday, September 13th in the Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden. With 56 competitors of all ages and skill levels, participants played 3 round robin games, followed by a heated 5 round, elimination bracket.
The 2014 Cribbage Tournament champion is Mike Durkee of Ferndale, who competed with his wife Kathleen and son Steven. Mike was awarded a gift certificate to Boundary Bay, a free Understanding Conflict workshop at the WDRC, entry to next year’s tournament, and his name engraved on the WDRC and Boundary Bay Brewery Winners’ Plaques for posterity. Mike’s victory was well deserved, as he went home with 2nd place in last year’s tournament after a narrow defeat by Matt Owings. Andy Brew of Bellingham took second at this year’s tournament.
The cribbage tournament, which is one of a kind here in Whatcom County, included a raffle and the opportunity to engage with WDRC staff, board members, and volunteers to learn more about the WDRC. The proceeds of almost $1,500 will benefit the WDRC and their mission to provide and promote collaborative and constructive approaches to conflict through mediation, training, facilitation, and community education. The WDRC is grateful to Boundary Bay Brewery for sponsoring and hosting this successful annual event and to all of the returning and new participants.
For individuals who missed the Cribbage Tournament, it is not too late support the WDRC. Join the Center in celebration at the 12th Annual Peace Builder Awards Gala, November 14th 2014 at 5:30, at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. More information and tickets can be found at www.whatcomdrc.org.
The WDRC is a non-profit dedicated to providing and promoting constructive and collaborative approaches to conflict through mediation, training, facilitation, and community education. More information can be found at www.whatcomdrc.org or by calling 676-0122.
If you’ve spent time in Bellingham, chances are you’ve caught sight of the the 160ft. Schooner Zodiac crossing the Bay. When The Zodiac Crew suggested a beer and dinner sail this August, Boundary did not hesitate to hop on board. Tuesday, August 5th Boundary and 50 passengers set sail for a pairing cruise aboard the historic,1924 yacht — hopefully the first of many to come.
The Zodiac, restored to the glory of her younger days, is a testament to the majesty and beauty of classic wooden yachts. Her decks are spacious and practical, her sails trimmed and powerful. Her main mast towers over twelve stories high and she proudly boasts the largest working mainsail on the western coast. When you look down her rails, you see polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Her lines are coiled and hung on the rails and the rigging is taut and fast.
Boundary Brewer, Bryan Krueger, connected with Zodiac Chef, Miranda Krone, to devise a four-course dinner featuring Boundary Seasonals paired with complimentary plates. As the sun set beyond the bay, the view of varnished mahogany, oak and teak coupled eloquently with the taste of fine crafted ales and decadent cuisine. The setting was phenomenal, the atmosphere paradisiacal. You can practically savor the tastes and the good vibes of the adventure in the photographs captured by Jonathan Kull. Click the images to look through the gallery!
- Not Shawn’s Saison + Peach heirloom tomato salad with toasted pine nuts and aged gouda with red wine vinaigrette.
- Mosaic Single Hop Pale + Tequila-lime shrimp and grits.
- Scotch Ale + Blackberry BBQ ribs with garlic mashers and haricots verts.
- Batch 5,000 Imperial Porter + Maple creme carmel infused with Porter.
We’ll be sure to let you know when the next cruise sets sail!
Break out the Purple & Gold and hop aboard DAWGS! Join Boundary Bay & Chateau Ste Michelle for a two hour Wine & Brews Cruise around Bellingham Bay. The date is set for Sunday, July 27th 6:30-8:30; boarding from the Alaska Ferry Terminal in Fairhaven between 6 & 6:15.
Sip Chateau Ste. Michelle wines in the company of senior director of winemaking Bob Bertheau. Bertheau’s father, Rene Bertheau, who played on the ’56 and ’57 Husky Football team, will also attend. Boundary Bay Brewery, owned by alum Ed Bennett (’73, M.B.A. ’78), will supply the suds. Delicious appetizers, good conversation and beautiful views add to this unforgettable and fun-filled evening with Bellingham Huskies.
You don’t have to be a husky to take part in the fun (but must love Dawgs!) Tickets are $30 for UWAA members and $40 for non-members. Make your reservation today through the UW Alumni Association or by Calling Jeunai Dotson (206) 685-3682
Freedom BBQ in the Beer Garden [FREE, All ages] Rather than our usual Fish Fry, we’re going to be doing some good ol’ fashion BBQ Grillin’ in the Beer Garden. After all, nothing says ‘Merica like cold craft beer and a BBQ. The grill will be hot Noon-8pm. FREE Live Music by Odd Ones Out and The Vonvettas (5:00-8:00). [*Note: Our Tap Room and Bistro will be open on the 4th, 11am-8pm] Happy Birthday USA. Cheers!
Yes we CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival Spend Independence Day with 20 of your local brewers, neighbors, friends, and your family at RE Sources’ Yes, We Can! Craft Beer Festival at Elizabeth Station. Games for the kids, beer for the parents, live music by Hot Damn Scandal, Moongrass and more. Kicks from the Bellingham Circus Guild, and a great view of the fireworks for all. If you want to avoid paying the processing fee, you can purchase your tickets online or in person right here at Boundary.
Haggen Family 4th The Chamber of Commerce and Haggen throw their annual 4th of July Party and fireworks display at Zuanich Point Park (11am-11pm). The’ve got the whole day loaded with events; check it out. Boundary will be providing Beer for the festivities. Fireworks at 10:30pm!
Party on the Herald Head to the Herald building and watch the fireworks from the best seat in Bellingham! Purchase of a ticket gets you to the roof, and includes food, beer, and live music. All proceeds of this event go to support the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, an organization uniting the diverse interests of downtown Bellingham.
The Jazz Project and Boundary Bay Brewery bring another summer series to the Beer Garden: Summer Jazz every Tuesday night from 7-10pm.
Founded by, Jud Sherwood, The Jazz Project was established in 1997 to promote community development through music by making jazz accessible to those of all ages and backgrounds; to promote jazz from a player’s perspective while increasing performance opportunities for local, regional, national, and international jazz musicians. After 16 years, The Jazz Project has become a preeminent Arts and Culture presenter in the Pacific Northwest…and how lucky are we to have this awesome Non-Profit right here in Bellingham!? Better yet, to be able to watch this group perform every week from the Boundary Bay Beer Garden.
Shows are all ages and feature local, regional, and touring performers from Vancouver to Los Angeles as well as school bands and benefit performances. Summer Jazz is a FREE event (besides the 3rd Tuesday of each month which charges a $5 cover). The format is as follows:
- 1st Tuesday: Jazz Jam, no cover
- 2nd Tuesday: Regional Groups, no cover
- 3rd Tuesday: Regional & Touring Groups,
Concert with $5 cover (Buy Tickets Now)
- 4th Tuesday: Regional Groups, no cover
- 5th Tuesday: School Bands, by donation
For the full line-up check out the Jazz Project’s new website.