On Thursday evening, Oct. 2, 2014, 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. The Barb’s Beer Foundation works with restaurants and taverns to put Barb’s Beer on their taps.
Phase One’s beer was launched on July 1, 2014 at La Fiamma in Bellingham and Boundary Bay Brewery was given the opportunity to brew the next batch of Barb’s Beer.
“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:
Barb’s Beer is a traditional NW American Pale Ale. With deep, golden color, an off-white head of foam that laces beautifully, and an aroma of fresh-baked bread, citrus and resinous pine – this pale ale sings songs of balance. The clean, 2-row barley malt backbone is brightened on the palate by classic Cascade hop tones of mild grapefruit and pine, with Amarillo hops providing an extra flash of citrus brightness. Enjoy Barb’s Beer with a variety of American cuisines, from grass-fed burgers, to lighter pasta, fish, or chicken dishes; and, make a toast to the roots of craft beer! OG 12.3 // 21 IBUs // 5.8% ABV
Boundary Bay Brewery is now the official brewer of Barb’s Beer, working with the Foundation to find taverns and restaurants to put Barb’s beer on their Taps. If your interested in selling Barb’s Beer please visit barbsbeer.org. Help us spread the word by using the hashtag #BarbsBeer online. Cheers!
Tom Murphy discusses his plans for Barb’s Beer with Boundary Bay Brewery Bryan Krueger while Chuck Hohing, original recipe writer, sips Barb’s Beer.
Tom Murphy (right), founder of Barb’s Beer Foundation, meets Boundary Bay Owner Ed Bennett (left).
The Barb’s Beer coaster helps establish interest when placed in front of patrons at restaurants.
Chuck Hohing shows Boundary Bay Brewer Bryan Krueger the original recipe for Barb’s Beer.