Fat Tuesday and Cajun Wednesday at Boundary Bay

If you missed Fat Tuesday yesterday, don’t worry. We decided to keep the special cajun menu around for one more day!

Here’s the menu.


Braised beef shoulder doused in spicy debris gravy, piled on top of a soft roll with mayonnaise & Iceberg lettuce. Served with your choice side: salad, roasted potatoes, or Tim’s potato chips.  $10.99


A rich and hearty stew full of tender chicken thigh meat, Andouille sausage, bell peppers, onions, okra, scallops and shrimp. Seasoned with Cajun spices and a dark roux. Served with rice. $8.99


Seasoned, de-boned fresh trout, pan fried and topped with a traditional brown butter, lemon and shallot sauce with a splash of our Irish Red Ale. Collard greens simmered with ham hocks and bacon, and red beans & rice on the side. $16.99


Red beans slow cooked with onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, smoked ham hocks, and Andouille sausage. Served with rice and traditional  Louisiana-style smoked sausage. $10.99


Catfish seasoned with paprika, cayenne, thyme, oregano, blackened and served on a fresh roll with pickles, Iceberg lettuce, and a remoulade made with our Irish Red Ale. Served with your choice side: salad, roasted potatoes, or Tim’s potato chips.  $11.99


Provolone cheese, smoked Mozzarella, Genoa salami, Capicola salami, and Mortadella (contains pistachio nuts) topped with an olive salad and served on a focaccia. Served with your choice side: salad, roasted potatoes, or Tim’s potato chips.  $10.99

Catfish Po'Boy

The Catfish Po’Boy

Trout Meuniere

Trout Meuniere

Sustainable Connections honors Owner Ed Bennett & General Manager Janet Lightner

On Thursday Feb. 12, Boundary Bay Brewing Co. Owner Ed Bennett and General Manager Janet Lightner accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, Wash. For two decades Boundary Bay Brewing Co. has operated out of a historic 1922 warehouse on Railroad Avenue in Downtown Bellingham. Sept. 16, 2015 marks the 20th year Boundary Bay has been a part of the Bellingham community.

Ed and Janet were recognized for the support and generosity they give community and the sustainable measures they take with their business, according to Sustainable Connections. They think local first, take care of their employees and live the principled life.

“It’s so nice that we have a way to recognize Ed & Janet,” Sustainable Connections Membership Coordinator Abby Hade Terpstra says. “We know that they are far from done but they’ve already achieved so much.”

This is the 5th annual Lifetime Achievement Award given by Sustainable Connections. Past winners include John Blethen of New Whatcom Interiors (2013), Chuck & Dee Robinson of Village Books & Paper Dreams (2012), Duane Jager of ReUse Works (2011) and Fred & Lynn Berman of Pastazza (2010).

Boundary Bay Brewery Owner Ed Bennett and General Manager Janet Lightner hoist the 2014 Ski to Sea trophy.

Boundary Bay Brewery Owner Ed Bennett and General Manager Janet Lightner hoist the 2014 Ski to Sea trophy.

Barb’s Beer: Seattle Launch

Did you ever think drinking a beer could help find a cure for cancer? Well now it can. At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11 Barb’s Beer was launched in Seattle at Serious Pie & Biscuit in Westlake.

Here are the details about this great program..

MISSON: Barbara Murphy was a great runner. She was a talented interior designer and a wonderful wife, mother and friend. In 2007, Barb was diagnosed with non-smoker’s lung cancer out of the blue and fought it valiantly before passing away in December, 2013. She never complained. Instead she focused on doing what she could to create awareness for this disease which afflicts a quarter million Americans a year, including 30,000 people – mostly women – who like, Barb, never smoked.

PROGRAM: Barb’s family created the idea of “Barb’s Beer” — a beer that would be brewed specifically to raise awareness and funds for finding a cure for lung cancer. Originally launched and brewed by North Sound Brewing Co., our very own Brewer, Bryan Krueger, was passed the baton over the summer, and Boundary became the official brewers of Barbs Beer!!

We are directly involved with the Barb’s Beer Foundation – marketing to restaurants and taverns to put Barb’s Beer on their taps. The goal is to raise funds to support research to find a cure for lung cancer. Funds will be directed to Cancer Grace, a project founded by Barb’s oncologist, Dr. Howard West, a physician and nationally recognized cancer research specialist at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

Valentine’s Dinner

valentines_posterOne of our favorite evenings here at the Brewery, is our annual Valentine’s Dinner. It’s a chance for our brewery to switch gears for a night and get a little bit cozier. We whip up a special menu, bring in table side music and set up lots of tables for two.  While our regular menu will still be available, we’re hoping to tempt you with some delicious treats that you can’t always find here at Boundary:

  • Trio of Scallops with Grapefruit Gremolata and Basil Puree
  • Blood Orange & Date Salad
  • Arctic Char with Blood Orange Hollandaise, Sumac rice pilaf and Broccolini 
  • 12 oz. Rib-Eye Steak with whipped gorgonzola served with mashed potatoes and chard

To make your reservation for this Saturday’s Valentines Dinner, give us a call at 360-647-5593. Reservations are available between 5pm and 9:30pm. Cheers!

Barb’s Beer: Phase Two Brewed by Boundary Bay Brewery

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 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, founder of Barb's Beer Foundation, meets Boundary Bay Owner Ed Bennett.

Tom Murphy (right), founder of Barb’s Beer Foundation, meets Boundary Bay Owner Ed Bennett (left).

The Barb's Beer coaster helps create interest in the beer at restaurants.

The Barb’s Beer coaster helps establish interest when placed in front of patrons at restaurants.

Chuck Hohing shows Boundary Bay Brewer Byran Krueger the original recipe for Barb's Beer.

Chuck Hohing shows Boundary Bay Brewer Bryan Krueger the original recipe for Barb’s Beer.

Christmas Trees at the Hotel Bellwether

photoWe have some talented decorators over at Boundary Bay Brewery. Head on over the the Hotel Bellwether on Saturday, December 6th from 4-6pm and check out our beer-themed tree!

Join us for the 3nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event benefiting the Opportunity Council’s Dorothy PlaceA secure 21-unit facility in Bellingham that provides support services and transitional housing for single women and women with children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Local Bellingham businesses have masterfully decorated a themed tree at the hotel and we’re asking you to vote for your favorite! Voters are eligible to win a FREE night stay in the hotel Bellwether’s Light House Suite!

Tis the season of giving – so we kindly as that you bring along a nonperishable food items or provide a monetary donation. Throughout December, monetary and canned food donations will be collected to benefit Dorothy Place and donations will be met with a 10% discount to the Lighthouse Bar and Grill!

Holiday trees are on display through December. You are welcome to come down at any point during the week and vote starting this Saturday, December 6th from 4-pm! Cheers!

#BounderOn: Janet Lightner Aims for Everest

47cG-KrwQs4Jt-otiPy_dAMLYf-rpkDGOQNwKEAxS8c=w667-h1168-noGeneral Manger, adventurer extraordinaire, proud mama, community leader (you name it) Janet Lightner never ceases to inspire us. Last week, Janet packed up her belongings in two backpacks with her sights set high…quite literally. She’s headed to the high peaks of the Himalayas where she’ll complete a 19-day Everest Trek. Before she scales mountains, Janet is spending some time sight-seeing and exploring Bhutan. Her climb begins on November 7th in Kathmandu — we can’t wait to share the journey with you!

In celebration of Janet’s journey, we’ve decided to launch the #BounderOn social media campaign highlighting the outdoor, active and courage spirit of the PNW. Wherever the adventure leads, #BounderOn and share it with us online (via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram). Contest and prize details will be announced soon! 

Pumpkin Fever: Available at the Halloween Bash

Brewer Bryan carved up the inside of a giant pumpkin, courtesy of Margaret & Kenny Ingebrigtson and their local business, Grateful Bounty Farms. The pumpkin weighed in just under 105 lbs. Bryan and Brewer Eddie filled it with a few gallons of Cabin Fever and sealed it to create our unique cask for the Halloween Bash on Friday, Oct. 31. Scary Monster and the Super Creeps take the stage @ 9 p.m. Tickets: $5.

Boundary Bay brewer puts his skills to the test

We are very excited to announce that Boundary Bay Brewer Bryan Krueger is now a Certified Cicerone®! To give you a sense of scale, there are just 29 Certified Cicerones in Washington state; Bryan is one of four in Whatcom County.

“The Cicerone® Certification Program certifies and educates beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers.” There are 3 levels in the certification process, which include the following: Certified Beer Server, Certified Cicerone® and Master Cicerone®.

“I am very excited about utilizing this new credential and the knowledge and experience it represents to continue ‘upping the ante’ on beer quality here at Boundary Bay and in Bellingham at large!” Bryan says.

Bryan’s interest in the Cicerone program developed after General Manager Janet Lightner got involved. Janet, a Cicerone® Certified Beer Server, encouraged Bryan to take it to the next level and study to become a Certified Cicerone®, after quickly passing the Certified Beer Server online exam.

In preparation, he studied everything from beer styles to food pairings to the whole brewing process. Feeling confident enough to try the test, Bryan decided to take the last one of the summer on August 8.

The first portion of the test consisted of a three-hour written exam with three essays and several short answer questions. In the second portion of the test, Bryan demonstrated how to disassemble and clean a draught faucet. The final portion was beer tasting, the section he admittedly feared the most, yet scored the highest on after all was said and done.


Boundary Bay Brewer Bryan Krueger examines the aroma of the Whatcom Wheat Krystalweizen.

A week prior, Bryan assembled an off-flavors-beer tasting test with the brewery staff. It didn’t go well as hoped. They did the tasting outside in the beer garden, but the wind was whipping that day, messing with abilities to perceive aromas accurately. “For consistency, tastings are best done indoors,” Bryan says.

On September 9, 2014 Bryan was informed via email he was now a Certified Cicerone®.

Since joining Boundary Bay a year ago, Bryan has written more than a half-dozen new recipes, including Cedar Dust IPA, Wonderland Belgian-Strong Golden, and Lost Giants Imperial Cascadia Dark Ale; as well as revamping several existing Boundary Bay beer styles. Bryan recipes are varied, not just one particular style.

“When I write a recipe I think about what we are trying to brew, not just in literal terms,” Bryan says. “What is the history of the beer style? How does that define the way the style is? How do we tweak the recipe to make something delicious and provide a truly unique experience for the beer-lover? And as Brewers, how can we make the best possible wort so that the yeast happy and make beautiful beer?”

He admits that he also tries to include Belgian specialty malts whenever it is appropriate because he loves the distinctive aromatic qualities that they lend to the beer.

Outside the brewery, Bryan loves to garden, fly fish, cook, mushroom hunt and camp with his family. Of course he likes to try new beers too, especially since passing the Certified Cicerone® exam.

Bryan lives in Bellingham with his wife Clare and their two daughters; Edie, 3, Althaea, 1, and an old cat named Doc.