Get Randallized with Farmstrong Collab!

Boundary Bay Brewery & Farmstrong Brewing Company recently collaborated to make the Sour Saison!

Stats: 16°P OG // ~30 IBU

Malts: Skagit Valley Malting’s ‘Alba’ and ‘Club Wheat’.

Hops: French Tardif de Bourgogne

Yeast: ‘Citrus’ from Imperial Organic Yeast in Portland

It will be #Randallized with more French Tardif de Bourgogne hops. Brewer Bryan found a little bit of info on the French Hop.

The first description I found… “A French hop, used as an aromatic in continental lagers.” Oh, come on! So, I kept digging and eventually found a little more information. It’s a true noble Strisselspalt variety grown around the Alsace region, the Eastern edge of France along the Rhine River, Germany, and Switzerland. Most likely, Tardif de Bourgogne was a rhizome clone someone selected from an old French land race with desirable brewing characteristics, as opposed to an intentionally cross-bred variety, or modern triploid experiment, for instance. Like many of the best aroma varieties, Tardif de Bourgogne contains a low percentage of alpha acids, only 3-5%, with relatively high humulene content.

Valentine’s Gift Boxes

Looking for the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life? Look no further. Our Valentine’s Gift Boxes range from $45 – $65, with two different options for both men and ladies. Check it out!

Ladies:

Option 1: Soft and cozy scoop neck sweater with the classic “Save The Ales” on the back, as well as our hand-crafted, wooden, bubbly heart bottle opener/wall mount. $65

Option 2: Ladies’ fit “Save The Ales” short sleeve tee shirt, bubbly heart scoop neck sweater, and two 22oz bottles. Your choice of: Irish Red, Cabin Fever, ESB and Scotch Ale $55

Mens:

Option 1: Brew Neck sweatshirt featuring our favorite sailor man holding a Boundary Bay pint, as well as our new, hand-crafted bottle openers that can be mounted on your wall. $55

Option 2: Our classic “Save The Ales” tee-shirt available in any color of your liking, a warm and fuzzy Brew Neck sweatshirt, and any two 22oz bottles. $45

 

Bold Predictions: Super Bowl Edition

What’s my favorite way to enjoy the Super Bowl if I can’t make it to the Brewery? Grabbing a Growler of Boundary Bay IPA (64 oz. fills cost 32 oz. price on Sunday, only until the game ends!) and Take & Bake Mac & Cheese. One pan feeds 12-15 hungry people and it’s only $35! Get your order by emailing ilana@bbaybrewery.com.

Pro Bowl Recap: Normally, I’m not too interested in an “allstar game.” No blitzing, soft-tackles…boring… But anytime five Seahawks playing, I have to tune in. Richard Sherman, Tyler Lockett, Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, and Russell Willson were quite fun to watch. Wilson hit Falcons WR Julio Jones, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, and Rams RB Todd Gurley for touchdowns. Russell was named the games MVP and was a major part of team Irivns success.

Back to Real Football:

The matchup is set. Super Bowl 50 is here. The Denver Broncos will take on the Carolina Panthers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

So how did we get here…?

DEN vs. NE: Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Philips should have told me “Don’t pick New England.” He had a great game plan and made the Patriots offense fight for every yard. His defense brought the pressure to Tom Brady and his linemen. He was hit constantly during that game. I thought Gronk and Edelman would be able to catch the ball quickly and move up the field. Brady had some impressive 4th down throws but it was too little too late. A missed extra point proved costly. It forced New England to attempt a 2-point conversion for the tie…they didn’t convert. Brady would finish the game with 2 ints a completion percentage below 50%. Every game Peyton Manning started this season he’s thrown an interception, except this one. #GoManning

Recap AZ vs CAR: I picked the Cardinals to win this game, boy was I wrong. It wasn’t even a competitive game. The Panthers dominated on defense, allowing their offense to cash in. Cam Newton threw multiple touchdowns and also rushed for two. It just wasn’t Carson Palmers day. He was under pressure the whole game and could never get into a rhythm. He threw four interceptions, along with two fumbles. You can’t win like that, even in Madden.

SB50: I have the Carolina Panthers beating the Denver Broncos, 24-13.

I know, it’s Cam Newton and the Panthers. I, like most people in Washington, don’t really like them. They dance, they play well, and they know it. I believe they will score 14 points early, and force the elderly Manning to play from behind. He just can’t do it like he used to. When Peyton has found rhythm, it’s when he throws across the middle and to his right. That’s where the interceptions will happen. Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman live there.

Once Carolina has the lead, they will grind with their diverse run game and play action. Wade Philips‘s defense is good, and will get to Cam, but that unit can’t make Manning’s arm any younger. Carolina’s defense has shown it can stop the run that Manning leans on. We might even have a Brock Osweiler sighting. Okay maybe too far, but I’m trying to be bold for SB50.

Well, that’s what I see happening this Sunday. Hope you all enjoy the commercials, half time show. Oh yeah, and the football.

Jordan Slagle is Boundary Bay’s Resident Football Analyst. He is an avid football fan and appeared in three of the past four Super Bowls in Boundary Bay’s Fantasy Football League.

Bold Predictions: Conference Championships

While it hurt to watch the Seahawks get the boot from the playoffs, I think I may have finally reached the final stage of grief: acceptance. There is still plenty of good football to watch this weekend. Let’s get to it.

NFC

Seahawks v. Panthers: It was rough day for the 12s, but the Hawks kept us on the edge of our seats until the last possession. The first half was disappointing, to say the least. The Panthers dominated. Nobody could protect Russell Wilson. 31-0 at halftime…seemingly impossible for the Hawks to claw their way back into it.

But, the rally and near comeback were impressive nonetheless. I strongly believe if the Hawks had 60 more seconds, they’d be playing in Arizona this weekend.

 There was a ton of hype and chatter coming into this game. The Hawks delivered too little too late. Perhaps most teams would give up being down by 31 points at halftime. Not the Seahawks, this team has gumption.

This week, Richard Sherman said there is a lot to look forward to with this team. They’re special with a great core of veterans and promising young talent. Good luck keeping them out of the playoffs for the next five seasons. They will certainly be a fun team to watch. 

Packers v. Cardinals: Way more entertaining and closer than many thought it would be. It came down to the end. The game should have ended in the fourth quarter. Instead of playing coverage the Cardinals decided to blitz. And Aaron Rodgers made them pay. I don’t think any other quarterback can make the throws he did on that drive. Lucky for Arizona, Green Bay never had the chance to hold the ball in overtime, thanks to Larry Fitzgerald. 

Cardinals v. Panthers Bold Prediction: The aggressive play calling by Bruce Arians will exploit the banged up Carolina secondary. Arizona’s offensive line will protect Carson Palmer, and their defense will swallow up their rushing game, and punish Cam Newton. After being shutout in the second half against the Seahawks, the Panthers will be licking their wounds this whole game. 

AFC

Chiefs v. Patriots: As much as I hate to say it, the Patriots look great. Tom Brady got the ball out so fast that he neutralized the Chiefs outstanding pass rush. Alex Smith struggled to keep up with the pace of the Patriots offense. Andy Reid and Alex Smith really mismanaged the clock on the final drive. When your down two scores, you don’t use eight minutes in one drive, you must be more conscious. 

Steelers v. Broncos. The Broncos offense was pretty to watch, but the Steelers really missed their playmakers. Team leader “Big Ben” Roethlisberger was playing hurt. They were forced to take too many field goals when they need touchdowns. Their rookie running back had a costly fumble late in the game against, sealing the deal. 

Now onto Manning v. Brady…the farewell tour

Broncos v. Patriots: I picked Denver last week, but not this week. The Patriots will outscore the Broncos. Quarterback Peyton Manning simply won’t be able to keep up. Manning has thrown an interception in every game he’s been named the starter this season. That doesn’t bode well when you have the potent offense on the opposing sideline. Look for Brady and his two favorites, Gronk & Edelman, to rip into the Broncos.

Jordan Slagle is Boundary Bay’s Resident Football Analyst. He is an avid football fan and appeared in three of the past four Super Bowls in Boundary Bay’s Fantasy Football League.

Update: Nepal relief and rebuilding efforts

On April 25, life in Nepal changed drastically. A 7.8 earthquake and all the subsequent and ongoing aftershocks rattled not only buildings and hills, but also soul and spirit of the people.

We want to take the time to thank anyone who helped raise money through the Prayer Flag Fundraiser or contributed in other way. Here’s an update on the Nepal relief and rebuilding effort.

We’ve been working with a Nepali man named Jwalant Gurung, who created 3 Summits for Nepal. He created it as a way to benefit his homeland when he was a graduate student at the University of Washington.

The combined efforts of 3 Summits For Nepal, Crystal Mountain Treks,Grand Asian Journeys, Crooked Trails and Jwalant Gurung’s personal contributors were able to raise 9,164,280 Nepali Rupees, equivalent to $84,678.57 in the United States. A team of professional guides from Three Summits, including Jwalant, supplied aid & relief materials to many remote villages severely affected by the earthquake.

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Jwalant Gurung, Boundary Bay GM Janet Lightner, and Pam Perry enjoy a summer day in the Beer Garden. With your help, the Prayer Flag Fundraiser was able benefit the relief effort in Nepal.

In 2016, 3 Summits for Nepal will move their focus to rebuilding – both homes and schools. They’ve already begun rebuilding in the village of Singla. In the early months of 2016 the process will be spread to the villages of Bamthi, Yolung, Junbesi & Badel. When rebuilding the homes their goal is to make the homes much more resilient without compromising the traditional feel.

This tragedy left headlines months ago, but there is still a need for support. Much of the funds raised were used in the relief efforts, leaving little for the rebuilding process. If you feel compelled to contribute please follow this link.

 

 

Bold Predictions: Divisional Weekend

 

Boundary Bay Brewery will be opening at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday for Gameday & Beer-To-Go. Chef Matt has prepared another delicious breakfast lineup: Breakfast sandwiches & burritos, cinnamon rolls and biscuits & chorizo gravy. Mimosas and Red Beer will be available too! Kickoff is at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30. The game will be shown on the Big Screen in the Taproom. The game will also be on in the Bistro.

Seahawks Recap:

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Jordan is our Resident Football Analyst. He is an avid football fan and has been to Boundary Bay’s Fantasy Super Bowl three times. 

As Blair Walsh lined up to make the game-winning field goal, I was already thinking about the reasons why we lost the game. The -6° F weather; the lack of offense through the first three quarters; A tipped pass by Russell Wilson resulting in a interception; a questionable penalty on Kam Chancellor.

 

Walsh was 3 for 3 on the day and a 27-yard field goal is usually a chip shot for him. Ball was snapped, the holder placed laces in and Walsh shanked it so hard left, he could have played Andy Dufresne in Shawsank Redemption. The Vikings were so close. Instead, the Seahawks are on their way to Charlotte, N.C. to face the Panthers in the divisional round.

Give the Seahawks some credit though. They created momentum in the 4th quarter, when they needed it most. On a botched snap that should have been an 8-yard loss, Danger Russ stood up, scrambled and converted a deep pass to rookie Tyler Lockett. Kam Chancellor took the helm and caused a Adrian Peterson. But, then the Seahawks barely escaped a boot from the playoffs. #GoHawks

Bold Prediction: Seattle beats Carolina in a close game: 20-17. Even though it’s the early game Sunday, I think the Seahawks and Panthers will be the most competitive and exciting game of the weekend.

Both teams have stout defenses and run heavy offenses. No team ran the ball more this season than the Panthers. Quarterback Cam Newtown, former Heisman Trophy winner, is the Panther’s team leader and could very well be the League’s MVP.

For Seattle, this will be the first time that Marshawn Lynch and Doug Baldwin will be on the field together in a long while. I’m looking for early and aggressive start for Seattle featuring “Beast Mode” runs opening up the passing lanes for “Not-So-Angry Doug.”

With the win the Seahawks will be off to the “toaster” in Glendale,  Ariz. to take on their rival in the NFC championship.

 

Bold Prediction: The red hot Kansas City Chiefs are reeling after their shutout against the not-so-good Texans who were worse than warm, flat beer. As much as I would like to see them knock the New England Patriots out of the playoffs, it just won’t happen. I have to pick the Patriots due to the return of Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver, Julian Edelman. Plus, in my opinion, Andy Reid is notorious for poor clock management in the playoffs.

 

Bold Prediction: Big Ben came back, injured, to win the game against the self-imploding Cincinnati Bengals. Vontae Burfict and Adam “PacMan” Jones basically gave the Pittsburg Steelers center stage with their blatant and poor behavior

As much as people say the Steelers are a sleeper pick no one wants to play, they are just too banged up. Big Ben, Antonio Brown, De’Angelo Williams are all injured. The Broncos defense is the real deal, plus Peyton Manning had an extra week to rest and game plan.  I’m picking Denver. I hope Manning has one more shot at a championship before he finally retires.

Bold Prediction: Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, former MVP, finally returned to that status last week. The football team from Washington never stood a chance once they Packers returned to their familiar form.

But, they play the Arizona Cardinals. I’m picking the Red Birds all the way.When they last met on December 27, 2015 the Cardinals embarrassed the Cheese Heads 38-8. The Cardinals defense is just too good with their shut down corners and a very solid pass rush. Rodgers has been sacked more than any other quarterback this year. Look for Arizona to keep Rodgers on the ground.

 

Good luck to all football fans this weekend, and may the odds be ever in your favor. #GoHawks

Bold Predictions for Hawks vs. Viks

First off, Boundary Bay Brewery will be opening at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday for Gameday & Beer-To-Go. Chef Matt has prepared a delicious breakfast lineup: Breakfast sandwiches & burritos and biscuits & gravy. Mimosas will be available too! Kickoff is at 10 a.m.

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Jordan Slagle is Boundary Bay’s Resident Football Analyst. He is an avid football fan and appeared in three of the past four Super Bowls in Boundary Bay’s Fantasy Football League.

The playoffs are finally here. An exciting NFC Wild Card matchup between the Seattle Seahawks (10-6) and the Minnesota Vikings (11-5) will be played at Minnesota’s temporary home, TCF Stadium, the first playoff game played in a college stadium in the past few decades.

The Seahawks are red hot coming off a blowout win against division rival Arizona Cardinals. But, Minnesota is bringing the ice. The coldest game on record was 16 degrees back December 2006, but the Sunday game is expected to just 1-4° F.

The low temperatures may work  in favor of the Hawks as  Marshawn Lynch,“Beast Mode,” returns to play after missing seven games due to injury. He spent that time rehabbing for 8-10 hours per day in the Bay Area with MMA trainer Tareq Azim.

The Vikings will also look to run the ball in the cold with the NFL’s leading rusher Adrian Peterson (1,485 yards). Second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will lead this Norv Turner offense against the Seahawks hard-nosed pass rush and the Legion of Boom.

NFL fans in North Carolina (Carolina Panthers) will be cheering for the Vikings; the last thing they want is play the Seahawks, who are destined for their third straight Super Bowl.

Bold Prediction: Seattle will beat Minnesota, 27-13 and be on their way to Charlotte to take on the Panthers in the NFC Divisional round.

Make sure to have your Skittles ready this weekend. Beast Mode will dominate even with the return of Minnesota’s star defensive players.

 

Employee Highlight: Crafts of the World Sale

For the past 15 years, Boundary Bay employee Dottie Grantham, her husband and son, have helped Good News Fellowship to host the Annual Ten Thousand Villages Crafts of the World Sale. The 28th Annual Crafts of the World Sale takes place on 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1252 W. Axton Road in Ferndale.

All items are handmade and fair trade from artisans in developing countries. Items include tablecloths, jewelry, pots, lamps, cook books, baskets, scarves nativity sets and tons of Christmas decorations to name a few. Fair trade purchases of handmade jewelry, home decor and gifts helps improve the lives of thousands of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

“Helping others is the best part [of the event],” Dottie says.

The goal of the sale is to help artisans in developing countries have the opportunity to see their skills lift them and their families beyond poverty to stability; with food, clothing, a roof over their head, as well as education and medical assistance.

Another favorite part for Dottie is hearing the stories about how the artisans benefit due to the continued support of the organization.

Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, a global network of more than 350 fair trade organizations in 70 countries. Ten Thousand Villages also is a founding member of International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) and a member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), both of which aim to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged people in developing countries and to change unfair structures of international trade.

Ten Thousand Villages Vision: One day all artisans in the developing countries will earn a fair wage, be treated with dignity and respect and be able to live a life of quality.

It’s not just about handmade items either. San Miguel Café will offer a place to relax with a friend and enjoy a delicious cup of Level Ground Columbian Coffee along with other homemade treats. They will also be selling 1 lb. packages of coffee. Proceeds from sales of Level Ground coffee and dried fruit support Famicafe, a Colombian non-profit providing education for the children of the coffee producers.

Local Vendor Series: Blind Alley Leather Co.

On a cool Autumn afternoon Kaleb Bruch is headed off to band practice. He is sporting the newest piece of merchandise from Boundary Bay Brewery. A five-panel hat with a leather patch sewn in the middle. A patch he made.

Kaleb Bruch, a firefighter with North Whatcom Fire Rescue, made the patches for our newest merchandise.

Kaleb Bruch, a firefighter with North Whatcom Fire Rescue, made the patches for our newest merchandise.

Bruch started by branding sheets of leather with a circular logo of a tree round with the words “Cedar Dust IPA || Galbraith Mountain Series No. 1” surrounding the round. He then stained and cut the designs out of the sheets of leather. The result: a beautifully handcrafted three-inch patch.

Bruch says he has always been in tune with art whether it be music or photography. But in 2009, Bruch’s friend started to dabble in working with leather. Bruch took interest in the material and began working with it on his own. Now, Bruch will see something made of leather and think “I can make that.” And then he will.

One of his first major projects with leather was for his colleagues: A leather helmet front. Bruch is a firefighter with North Whatcom Fire Rescue. He has made dozens of other pieces for colleagues over the years. But, the “Cedar Dust Rounds” were his first commercial project!

The band practice he was going to? Not you’re typical band.

He plays in The Bellingham Firefighters Pipes & Drums Band. Currently he plays the snare drum, but has played the bagpipes, too.

The hats are available at the Boundary Bay Brewery Brewtique for $34.95.

The hats are available at the Boundary Bay Brewery Brewtique for $34.95.

The hats are available at the Boundary Bay Brewery Brewtique for $34.95.

Local Vendor Series: Jack Mountain Meats (Part One)

At Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro we strive to give our customers fresh, local food options. This is the first blog of a series dedicated to bring you information about the vendors that help us to create a scrumptious local menu.

Here’s a first look at our newest vendor; Jack Mountain Meats, who are part of a local, well-known artisan food collective: Acme Valley Foods.

Their Mission:

dedicated to building food companies that share our passion for locally sourced and crafted, quality food for our community.”

Jack Mountain Meats currently only produces pork products, which are Food Alliance Certified. Their product originates in sustainable and natural environments of certified organic farms. These sustainable agriculture methods surpass the pork quality assurance stands set forth by the USDA guidelines.

Why we choose to use Jack Mountain Meats?

  • Local & sustainable pork
  • Food Alliance Certified
  • Washington grown
  • Human Animal Husbandry
  • Antibiotic free, no added hormones
  • NON-GMO
  • Handcrafted, creates job opportunities in our community!
  • Ridiculously delicious!
We used Jack Mountain Meats Bratwurst on our Oktoberfest Menu!

We used Jack Mountain Meats Bratwurst on our Oktoberfest Menu!

We recently started selling these outstanding handcrafted pepperoni sticks in the Taproom: Hot or Mild $1.5

We recently started selling these outstanding handcrafted pepperoni sticks in the Taproom: Hot or Mild $1.5

Stay tuned. We’ll be bringing you a more in-depth look at Jack Mountain Meats in the next couple weeks!