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

We’ve Been “Randallized”

RandallThis nifty gadget arrived at the brewery yesterday, and we can’t wait for you to test it out! Introducing The Randallthe organoleptic hop transducer module! What’s that you might ask?

Essentially, it’s a pretty sweet piece of filter equipment that runs draft beer through a chamber of fresh hops, infusing your pint with an incredibly delicious blast of flavor! Randall quickly bathes the beer in fresh hops before it is poured into the glass. The alcohol in the beer strips the distinctive oils, called Lupulin, from the fresh hop cones. The mouthfeel of the beer becomes dramatically different; the unmitigated hop oils and resins make you feel like you’re losing a layer of enamel from your teeth – no kidding! It’s a bit strange, but it’s an experience you must try (especially for you hop heads out there!)

We’re going to be doing a couple of trial run thru’s with different hop combos, and we’ll be sure to let you know when it’s “Randall Day” so you can come try it out yourself. In the mean time, do you have any awesome ideas about what we should put in the Randall? Experimentation suggestions are welcome! Tweet or Facebook us your thoughts.

[Cited "Who is Randall and What's Up With His Beer" - Coastal Sussex]

Beer Release: Not Shawn’s Saison

saison_scLast week we introduced a new brew at Boundary Bay; Not Shawn’s Saison. It’s the third beer in our new Galbraith Mountain Series, with more recipes on the way. Named after Galbraith Mt. Trails, this series indends to capture a taste of the outdoors and the spirit of the PNW. Here’s what our Brewer Bryan had to say about Not Shawn’s:

In the style of a traditional Belgian, Farmhouse Saison, “Not Shawn’s Saison” is a balanced, dry, crisp, and memorable beer. At 6% ABV, it is a truly sessionable ale. It is brite as crystal and a mellow, golden-orange color and is never filtered. We gave this brew a little extra time and cellar-love to allow for the lemon, bubblegum, and melon aromas and superbly balanced, continental malt characters to fully develop. Styrian Golding noble hops harmonize incredibly well with the biscuit and grain flavors from pilsner malt. With a slight tang and just a touch of spicy rye malt and lemony citrus notes from New Zealand Pacific Gem Hops, this beer is complex, smooth, and refreshing – and leaves you wanting another! Let it warm a little in the glass to release even more of Not Shawn’s special aromas and flavors. You’d never know you aren’t in Brussels… “Sante!”

Introducing…The Galbraith Mountain Series

galbraithFrom the beginning, we knew that we wanted to make the kinds of beers we like to drink; big, bold, Northwest brews. Our new Galbraith Series features beers brewed with NW-grown hops. Named after the Galbraith Mt. trails, (located between Bellingham and Sudden Valley), the series intends to capture a taste of the great outdoors & the adventurous spirit of the PNW!

NOW ON TAP Cedar Dust IPA (No. 1) – Brewed with five varieties of big hops, all bred and grown in Washington State, Cedar Dust IPA has a distinctive herbal pine, citrus aroma. The addition of Mosaic hops, provide subtle blueberry undertones followed by a spicy, earth mouthfeel. Smooth and naturally carbonated, it has a unique blend of malts (including a secret dark malt) which provide just enough backbone to balance it’s big hop character. Complex, delicious and refreshing! As they say, a little wood makes a big difference…

ON TAP IN JANUARY Lost Giants Imperial CDA (No. 2) –  Sasquatch’s Choice! With 5lbs of hops per barrel brewed, our Imperial CDA is one of the biggest & boldest of it’s kind.  A massive beer, it’s full body, midnight black color & elusive  complex flavors, symbolize the Lost Giants who wander the PNW.

Dank floral, citrus-pine aromas are offset by subtle, roasted toffee-chocolate flavors and traces of dark fruit-like dates, plums & dried cherries; culminating in complex tastiness and a smooth, well-rounded, lingering bitterness. You’ll notice the luscious, tan head of foam hangs along for the ride (cheers – to natural carbonation!) Try pairing it with rich foods & desserts. Enjoy this hearty brew & try not to get Lost among the Giants!

And there will be plenty more to come…stay tuned! Cheers ~ from Boundary Bay

Winter Solstice & Some Cedar Dust

cedar dustJoin us for our 1st Winter Solstice Party & Craft Fair in the Beer Garden on Saturday, December 21st. We’re kicking things off the right way…at 4pm, we’ll tap the first brew in our new Galbraith Mountain Series; Cedar Dust IPA. Named after the Galbraith Mt. Trails, located between Bellingham and Sudden Valley, the series intends to capture a taste of the great outdoors and the adventurous spirit of the PNW.  Be one of the first to try it!

Santa and Mrs. Claus are going to be here too! They told us they’re riding in on a horse and buggy to give the reindeer some rest before the big night. They offered to take anyone who would like, on carriage rides around town. It’ll be free, so bring the kids on down and let them have a little chit chat with Santa. Figure out who’s been naughty, and who’s been nice :  )

Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 12.14.07 PMWe’ve also invited several local artists to set up booths in the garden to sell their hand-made creations. We’ll have items like wine-racks, pottery, jewelry, ornaments, scarves…It’s the perfect opportunity to get a little bit of holiday shopping done!

As always, we’ll provide the refreshments. There will be complementary hot cider, cookies and candy canes plus beer available for purchase. Deigo’s Taco Truck will also be joining us.

Santa, tacos, beer, trees, crafts…might sound a bit unconventional, but it’s the Boundary way, and no matter how strange, it’s always fun! Swing by and join us. Happy Holidays from your staff at Boundary Bay

[Beer Garden] Wonderland

tree_saleIt’s true, Boundary Bay is hosting Bellingham’s 1st Beer Garden Christmas Tree Lot! We’re aiming to revolutionize this annual holiday occasion…so bring the whole family down and hunt for a tree, while you enjoy a brew! We’ll have a range of Fullner Farm trees available for purchase; from small Charlie Brown’s to large 7ft firs, along with wreathes made by Mt. Baker High School.

Join us on the last day of the tree sale (12/21) for the Winter Solstice Party and Craft Fair! We’ve invited several local artists to set up booths in the garden and sell their hand-made creations. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a little bit of holiday shopping done ; )

Shhh we even heard a rumor Santa was going to be dropping in between 5pm and 7pm so we hope you’ve been good this year! Stay tuned online through our Facebook for event info!