8th Annual Compete for a Cause: Cribbage Tournament

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

 

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An Evening Sail Aboard the Zodiac

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!

  1. Not Shawn’s Saison + Peach heirloom tomato salad with toasted pine nuts and aged gouda with red wine vinaigrette.
  2. Mosaic Single Hop Pale + Tequila-lime shrimp and grits.
  3. Scotch Ale +  Blackberry BBQ ribs with garlic mashers and haricots verts.
  4. 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!

Purple & Gold Wine & Brews Cruise

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 2.39.16 PMBreak 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

Four 4th’s with Boundary Bay

4thjuly-01It’s Casey Diggs favorite holiday, so Boundary’s doing it big; and all around town. Here’s where you can get your fill of BBay this Independence Day:

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.

Summer Jazz in the Beer Garden

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.

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Batch 5000

18 years in the craft brewing industry and over 21 million pints sold, last week we began brewing our 5,000th batch of beer! This marks a significant milestone, and a point of celebration, not just for Boundary, but for the Bellingham community that established who we are, and what we’re all about.

“Our 5,000th batch highlights the local craft beer following, and just how much the industry has grown as a whole.” states Ops Manager Casey Diggs. “We couldn’t have done this without the support of the community. Not only in Bellingham,” Casey adds, “but the accounts all around Washington who continue to pour Boundary Bay Beer”.

In celebration of this achievement, our 5,000th batch will be a one-time-only Imperial Porter, and we’re asking that the public name it. Submit your ideas via FacebookTwitter or Instagram using the hashtag #batch5000. Cheers, and thank you for your support! 

SKI TO SEA 2014

Ski to Sea is once again upon us and we’re busy as ever preparing for a fun-filled weekend at the Brewery! The Ski to Sea Race is a long-standing Bellingham tradition that occurs every year over Memorial weekend. The race itself is a 93.5 relay race from MT. Baker to Bellingham Bay encompassing seven different sports: Cross Country Ski; Downhill Ski/Snowboard; Running; Road Bike; Canoe; Mountain Bike and Kayak. This year will be the 15th year of racing for the Boundary Bay Women’s team! We wish all the Ski to Sea participants a safe and spectacular race day!

This is one of the biggest events of the year for Boundary Bay and we’ve got the whole weekend packed with fun, family friendly activities for all! Check out our event poster to find out what’s going on:

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Gluten-Reduced Beer Added to the Line-Up

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Safety Break ISA is crafted to reduce gluten. The finished product contains gluten. As of 2013, ELISA testing of hydrolyzed products is not recognized by the FDA. Those with Celiac disease/severe gluten intolerance should not consume any product that contains gluten. 

The Galbraith Mountain Series continues with batch No. 5, Safety Break India Session Ale. Even bigger news on the Boundary front; Safety Break was crafted to reduce gluten, with more batches on the horizon.

So what’s the difference between Gluten-Free and Gluten-Reduced Beer, and why is it labeled this way?

Beer in it’s strict definition is an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavored with hops. Gluten-Free Beer is made with entirely gluten-free grains, including sorghum, millet, buckwheat or rice and contains zero barley, wheat or rye. Thus, it can be officially be labeled as “gluten-free” according to the FDA.

In the United States, the FDA will not allow any product or beverage made with wheat, barley or rye to be labeled “gluten-free.” even if ELISA testing finds less than 20ppm gluten in the product. What you can state is; “crafted to reduce gluten.”

How do you make a gluten-reduced beer, when Barley is a main competent?

An enzyme (WLN400 Clarity Ferm) is added in the brewing process, that breaks down the proteins in barley. While gluten is not entirely removed, it significantly reduces the level of gluten. For those looking to reduce their daily gluten intake, this is a viable option.

A TTB Certified Beer Laboratory ELISA tested Safety Break India Session Ale and found gluten levels to be less than 10 parts per million, however, the FDA policy states there is no valid test to verify the gluten content of a fermented product. Thus Safety Break ISA cannot be deemed “risk-free” or safe for everyone, as the beer does contain small amounts of gluten. We tested Safety Break ISA through the ELISA certification process in order to provide people with additional information they can use to judge whether or not they want to consume the product. Additional testing is being performed at this time.

“I’m very supportive of a beer that is reduced gluten, as long as it’s in accordance with the TTB label requirements. You’re supposed to say that the beer is crafted to reduce gluten, that the beer does contain gluten and that the tests that are now available are not reliable enough to measure the impact of the gluten. If somebody does that, I want to compete with them because that’s a fair practice.” — Pedro Gonzalez, founder of New Planet Beer Co. 

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Earth Day Sustainability Fair

On Tuesday April 22nd from 4-8pm were hosting our 6th annual Earth Day Sustainability Fair in the Beer Garden! This fun, informative community affair aims to raise awareness about the numerous resources available to us locally in Bellingham. Several Whatcom businesses will have booths staged in the Beer Garden with representatives on hand to answer questions and showcase samples of their products and services. From CSA’s, and human powered machines, to recycled art — this year, this year we’ve  assembled an eclectic assortment of ‘green’ innovativeness from the community. 17 local organizations have been confirmed so far and include:

Plantas Nativa
Sustainable Connections
Cloud Mt. Farms
Common Threads Farm
Whatcom Farm to School
Ralf’s Pretzels
Smart Trips
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Lia’s Vertical Garden Tower
Whatcom Museum
Northwest Rain Solutions
Community Food CoOp
Whatcom Farm to School 
Transition Whatcom
Standup Whatcom 
American Rivers 
WWU Students for Renewable Energy

 “We want to make this an afternoon of raising awareness of what great local options we have for making sustainable choices”, states Janet Lightner General Manager of Boundary Bay. This year, Boundary Bay is especially encouraging families with children to attend this free, educational and informative event. Outdoor BBQ and Bar Service will be available starting at 4PM. There will be live music by Hot Cotton, face painters from Chelle Beautiful for the kiddos and demonstrations by The Real Food Show! We even heard a baby lamb was stopping by for a visit — how can you resist that!?

We are lucky to live in a community that places importance on recycling, alternative energy and sustainable life choices…discover the different ways you can get involved too!

Sponsored by:

Chelle Beautiful

Plantas Nativa