This year, the Ski to Sea Race is celebrating 100 years of racing in this community and they’ve asked us to brew a special Boundary Bay Brewery beer to commemorate this exciting anniversary. We were thrilled to take on the challenge and created a dry hopped ESB that we’re calling the Ski to Sea ESB. It is an English style pale ale, copper in color, emphasizing the subtle blend of imported and domestic malts. The addition of dry hops adds a delightful hoppy aroma and a slight floral, grassy flavor.
What is the history of the Ski to Sea race? In 1911, a few crazy Bellingham and Whatcom County locals ran to the summit of Mt. Baker and back down to see who was the fastest in the first Mt. Baker Marathon, America’s original adventure race. Today, that spirit lives on in the Ski to Sea Race, a 7 sport relay over 100 mile course. You can read more about the rich history of this race here.
We’ll be bottling the beer here at the brewery on May 4th or May 5th and it will be available to the public in 22 oz. bottles and on tap at Boundary Bay Brewery by May 6th. We’ll also have t-shirts and posters with the Ski to Sea ESB label design for sale here at the brewery – coming soon!