Summer Beer Tasting Course

DSCN2238Love beer? Want to learn more about it? Boundary Bay Brewer, Anthony Stone, will be hosting an Introduction to Beer Course at the Ferndale Crossing on July 2nd at 6pm ($15 a person). This class is designed to be a good primer, and base level intro for new beer connoisseurs who are interested in finding out more about the brewing process and what specifically creates different types of beer, how they’re unique from each other, and most importantly, WHY!  By attending, you’ll discover more about the styles YOU enjoy and why that might be the case, according to your personal pallet.

DSCN2247The course will sample eight different beers with a wide range of styles. Ales and Lagers, from American, German to Belgian – you’ll sample beers that are malty, hoppy, balanced and right in-between. Tasting different beers, side-by-side, will help you learn which ones you prefer and increase your knowledge about beer in general. Most importantly, you’ll discover the ingredients and processes that give a beer it’s unique taste, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, balance…etc. And you’ll learn what all those things actually refer to  ; )

This will be a great opportunity for those who enjoy their beers and want to learn more about their individual preferences and the brewing process in general. No registration is necessary; simply show up the day of!  21+ only of course. Cheers, we hope to see you there!

There’s a New Baker in the Mix!

Boundary Bay is thrilled to announce the addition of a new member to our crew – Pastry Chef Martha L. Aguirre. Born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in California, Martha made her way up to Bellingham, Washington in 2001.  With over 20 years of pastry experience, the former Bakery Manger of Woods Coffee transitioned to our Brewery in late March.

A talented and reputable chef, Martha was offered multiple positions around town as a Head Pastry Chef. When asked why she decided to take the offer at Boundary Bay, Martha stated: “When I met with Sean [Head chef] and Janet [General Manager], they said they wanted to change the whole dessert menu. They said I could bring out anything – create anything. I didn’t have to follow a menu or do the same things every day. It feels like it’s my own bakery. It’s a dream job.” Martha beamed. Boundary Bay is equally as excited to have Martha in the mix.

Since arriving at Boundary – Martha’s expertise, positivity and tantalizing recipes have quickly won over our staff. She’s been busy in the kitchen whipping up all sorts of new desserts — often allowing the staff to sample and choose their favorites! From Red Velvet Cheesecake to Coconut Pineapple Cream Pie, customers will be seeing more specialty desserts circulating our menu.

“Just the other day I tried making a four-layer chocolate cake with Ol’ Bounder (barley wine). Everyone was very excited…I guess it’s one of the strongest beers here!” Martha laughed, “Cooking with beer is new for me, and it’s very exciting!” And we can’t wait to see what sorts of delicious concoctions she’ll create using our ales!

A graduate of the Bellingham Technical School of Culinary Arts, Martha’s strong background and experience as a pastry chef is well-apparent. A talented Baker, Martha epitomizes her craft; the delicate combination of creativity, balance, and science. Next time you’re dining at Boundary, be sure to ask your server about our dessert specials. As Martha puts it “Once you see these desserts you’ll think, ohhh that looks SO good! And that’s it. You have to have it.”

SOME FUN FACTS:

If Martha were in an ingredient, she would be Vanilla. “It makes everything a little bit better.  Everything! Sweet, and adds a little something.”

Martha’s favorite berry to cook with is Blueberries. Just wait till you try her Blueberry pie!

Gardening is one of Martha’s favorite hobbies. If she isn’t experimenting with new recipes, you’ll find her outdoors.