Four 4th’s with Boundary Bay

4thjuly-01It’s Casey Diggs favorite holiday, so Boundary’s doing it big; and all around town. Here’s where you can get your fill of BBay this Independence Day:

Freedom BBQ in the Beer Garden [FREE, All ages] Rather than our usual Fish Fry, we’re going to be doing some good ol’ fashion BBQ Grillin’ in the Beer Garden. After all, nothing says ‘Merica like cold craft beer and a BBQ. The grill will be hot Noon-8pm. FREE Live Music by Odd Ones Out and The Vonvettas (5:00-8:00).  [*Note: Our Tap Room and Bistro will be open on the 4th, 11am-8pm] Happy Birthday USA. Cheers!

Yes we CAN! Canned Craft Beer Festival Spend Independence Day with 20 of your local brewers, neighbors, friends, and your family at RE Sources’ Yes, We Can! Craft Beer Festival at Elizabeth Station. Games for the kids, beer for the parents, live music by Hot Damn Scandal, Moongrass and more.  Kicks from the Bellingham Circus Guild, and a great view of the fireworks for all. If you want to avoid paying the processing fee, you can purchase your tickets online or in person right here at Boundary.

Haggen Family 4th The Chamber of Commerce and Haggen throw their annual 4th of July Party and fireworks display at Zuanich Point Park (11am-11pm). The’ve got the whole day loaded with events; check it out. Boundary will be providing Beer for the festivities. Fireworks at 10:30pm!

Party on the Herald Head to the Herald building and watch the fireworks from the best seat in Bellingham! Purchase of a ticket gets you to the roof, and includes food, beer, and live music.  All proceeds of this event go to support the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, an organization uniting the diverse interests of downtown Bellingham.

Our New Red IPA!

Every year we brew a Traverse Ale in honor of the Bellingham Traverse, which is an annual multi-sport event celebrating the life cycle of wild salmon and the natural and urban challenges of their journey.

Solo, tandem and relay teams challenge themselves and one another on a rugged course that highlights the City of Bellingham’s Parks, Greenways System, bike-friendly roads, and open water opportunities for recreation. So, we thought, why not challenge ourselves this year, too?

Traverse Pint GlassWe decided to forgo the heavier, maltier Traverse Ale recipes in our past and came up with a new recipe for this year’s Traverse Ale – a Red IPA that drinks like a summer beer with a little extra kick of hops!

Red IPA’s are still an emerging sub category of the more general beer style of IPA or India Pale Ale.  The exact definition of a Red IPA is still a bit ambiguous and open to interpretation, but, generally, it’s an American Red Ale (or American Amber Ale) style brewed at a higher strength and hopped like an IPA.

American Red Ales are traditionally a sweeter, hoppy beer with rich flavor; a style particularly popular here on the West Coast and especially way up here in the Pacific Northwest!

And since we’re known for our signature Northwest IPA, (or so says Sunset Magazine in their September 2013 issue! Have you seen it yet?!) which is one of our flagship beers, we wanted to bring some of that citrusy, hoppy goodness to our Traverse Ale / Red IPA.

This new Red IPA of ours has a generous amount of Pale 2-Row, Carafa and Cara Red malts that give this ale a big, malty body with a deep ruby red color. But, don’t be fooled! We add Columbus, Tradition, Centennial, Cascade and Willamette hops to provide a smooth, refreshing counterpart to all those malts.

This year’s Traverse Ale is a lighter bodied, yet heavily dry-hopped Red IPA with a distinct flavor and easy drinking quality. It’s on tap now, so come in, give it a try and tell us what you think!  Look for our commemorative stainless steel pint glasses with the Traverse logo on them too!  Coming soon!!

James R. Williamson


Arthur Foss Assisting Pallada

Bellingham hosts a thriving community of artists, and those who live here, have likely seen the artwork of James R. Williamson gracing the walls of numerous local establishments. His work has generated a unique “style” of Pacific Northwest Art. The name Williamson has become synonymous with images epitomizing PNW landscapes, wildlife, but most notably, maritime subjects. A U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Strategic Air Command, his passion and dedication to this particular line of work has inspired many of his Maritime paintings of military ships, workboats lighthouses etc. His striking and memorable images embody an exceptional degree of clarity and emotion, shaping a new genre of PNW art that has attracted numerous clienteles. Williamson’s originals and limited editions hang in thousands of executive offices, boardrooms, bank lobbies, government buildings, restaurants and private residences throughout the United States and in several other countries. A longtime Bellingham resident and fellow Western Washington Graduate (1978), Williamson is considered an established local figure around town.

When asked how James got started locally he responded, “After my discharge form the Air Force I came to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. I began painting fishing boats as a way to increase my income. The word got around that I could illustrate any subject. I began getting inquiries from local industry and architects requesting illustrations of their products, machinery, buildings, houses — and I also created illustrations for marketing. Local private art collectors began requesting my work. As James goes on to state, “I am creating artwork that is appreciated by workers and management of various industrial, military and business clients. It has been very encouraging and gives me confidence to continue.”


Lady Washington at Grays Harbor

Now, the magnificent artwork of Williamson is on display right here at Boundary Bay. We invite you to stop by and take a look at the stunning pieces of art that hang on our Bistro walls. Williamson’s one-of-kind Original paintings, Remarque and Giclee editions are available for purchase, but he also decided to throw in a little something special us…each week we’ll raffle off a Limited Edition Print of his painting Lady Washington at Grays Harbor Lighthouse. Each 13”x19” print it signed and numbered by James, and placed in a mailing tube with the artist’s biography, print history and framing coupon. All you have to do is enter your name and phone number and place it in the raffle box in our foyer. Every Monday we will randomly draw a card, and notify the winner. Next time you are in the neighborhood, make sure you stop in and visit this stunning gallery (and don’t forget to enter your name for a change to win your own Williamson print!)


Williamson Studio (360) 734-5497 – Located in Ferndale, Washington
Displaying original paintings and limited editions of maritime, landscapes and wildlife subjects. Contact the artist for current print information including remarqued prints (with original drawings in the margin), giclee editions (digital prints) and original works in progress.

Pacific Marine Gallery (360) 738-8535  – 700 West Holly Street / Bellingham, WA 98225
Displays orginal paintings by James R. Williamson plus limited editions of Pacific Northwest subjects framed and unframed. Watercolor class taught by Williamson on Wednesday evenings. Call for information.

St.Pat’s is Back!

With the best day of the year right around the corner (yes, St. Patricks Day) we’ve been busy parade planning and booking entertainment for the big weekend! Just like we do every year, Boundary plans to go all out for St. Patty’s and we’d like YOU to join us in the celebration.


The party begins at Noon on Saturday, March 16th with the St. Patricks Day Parade which marches from the downtown Cornwall Plaza to the Depot Market Square across from Boundary Bay. The public is encouraged to participate in the parade and no sign up is needed (unless you’re going all out and building a float or riding your horse!). The party begins immediately after the parade with FREE all-day entertainment and a BBQ in the Boundary Bay Beer Garden. All ages are welcome! Here’s how the day is shaping up:

10:00am  –  Maggie’s Fury 
12:30pm – PattyWhackers
2:00pm   –  Maggie’s Fury
4:30pm   –  Puirt na Gael

12:30pm – Penk O’Donnell (Irish Dancers)
3:30pm – Penk O’Donnell
5:30pm – Penk O’Donnell
6:00pm – R&R Ceiliedh Band
8:30pm – Penk O’Donnell
9:00pm – The Devilly Brothers
10:00pm – Penk O’Donnell
10:30pm – The Devilly Brothers

Pause and repeat…


irishstout_woodcloverThe very next day, we’ll be opening our doors at 10:30am for the true St. Patrick’s Day, with free entertainment beginning at 11:00am. Enjoy a special menu of traditional favorites like Shepherd’s pie and corn beef and cabbage (regular menu also available) and kick up your heels to all-day live music and dancing!  Don’t forget to try our Irish Stout!

11:00-12:00pm Paeder MacMahan
12:00-12:30pm Penk O’Donnel (Irish Dancers)
12:30-1:30pm Pader MacMahon
1:30-2:30pm McLaughlin Dancers (Irish Dancers)
2:15-3:30pm Giants Causeway
3:30-4:00pm Penk O’Donnell (Irish Dancers)
4:00-4:45pm Giants Causeway
4:45-5:00pm Robert Blake with the Gouran Girls
5:00-5:30pm Firefighters Pipes and Drums
5:30-6:30pm Lindsey Street
6:30-7:15pm Mclaughlin Dancers (Irish Dancers)
7:15-8:15pm Linsey Street
8:30-9:00pm Penk O’ Donnell (Irish Dancers)
9:00-Close PaddyWhackers w/ $5 Cover, 21+ only


The Simple Things

Now through February, a new art exhibition will be on display in the Boundary Bistro, and we highly recommend checking it out. Stunning photography by couple, Cindy Holland and Michael Rhodes, now fills the walls of the bistro for customers to enjoy.252708_310113579082059_1095731843_n

Art exhibitions rotate through the Boundary Bay Bistro every couple of months, showcasing a mixture of artistic talents, perceptions and styles. Most of the artists who present their work in the Bistro are local folks from the PNW area. Besides transforming the bistro into a charming walk-through gallery, it allows these artists to connect and share their unique point of view with a revolving crowd of people. The artwork that hangs above each table often evokes dinnertime discussion, and sometimes might even tempt a one-of-a-kind purchase. Diners comment, that they enjoy walking through the gallery to view the different pieces that are displayed through the bistro. And when they come back for their next visit, a whole new selection of artwork will be there to enjoy…

cindy_holland Cindy’s passion for life is obvious in her photography; her work reflects the beauty found in simple things, capturing moments that are often imbued with a sense of enlightenment. She loves rocks and water, and the sensuousness of the unaltered, natural world. A walk on the beach often results in nearly a thousand photos, from wildlife to human smiles: everything has beauty! Michael’s passion stems from an entirely different form of inspiration, he likes old rusty things, evidence of times gone past, their remnants left for us to ponder over. He appreciates the well-loved look of older things, and loves to happen upon things left behind.

mike_rhodesBoth styles ring an underlying notion of embracing the little things, and you can see this in the striking imagery they’ve captured. Mike pays careful attention to things other people often overlook or ignore, and through his work, reminds us that some things should not be forgotten. A full-time student at WWU, a Swim Coach for the Bellingham Bay Swim Team and a Mom, in the off-chance Cindy takes time to get out, it is generally a whirlwind experience that renews her sense of awe and reverence for nature.

Through their picturesque images, this pair encourages appreciation towards the beauty of the little things in life. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, we encourage you to stop in and see for yourself.

Who was Robert Burns anyway?

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!”

On “Hogmanay” (the Scottish term for New Year’s Eve) it is a tradition to join hands and sing Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight. Literally translating to “Times gone by”, the song has become a staple folk-song around the world, widly encouraging notions of ‘endings’ and ‘new beginnings’.  Whether a graduation, a birth, a loss or parting farwell – the lyrics have transcended from traditoinal Scottish folklore to a globally recognized tune. But we’re willing to bet most folks couldn’t tell ya who actually wrote the tune…

Robert Burns

Robert Burns is the man behind the infamous tune, and arguably, Scotland’s most reputable and prized poet of all-time. Named Scotland’s National Bard (poet), Burns’ unique, and sometimes radical style distinguished him from other poets, and he still continues to influence Scottish Literature to this day. Thus is would only be fitting that Burns had a holiday named after him. Whether its called Robert Burns Day or Burns Supper – the evening of January 25th (sometimes the 26th) is dedicated to the famous lyricist through ritual recitations of his work, over a celebratory feast.

This year, we invite you to join us in experiencing the tradition behind this dinner. An authentic Robert Burns Dinner will take place on January 26th from 6-11PM at Northwood Hall. Tickets are $40 dollars a person and include an evening of fine dining, a silent auction and celtic entertainment. For more information, please contact

On January 25th, here at Boundary Bay Brewery, we’ll be tapping a special keg of our Highland Reserve Scotch Ale that we set aside specially for this day.  Join us in a toast dedicated to the great works of Mr. Burns – and have yourself a glass of this deliciously aged brew. We have just ONE keg (120 pints) so it will only be on tap for one evening in commemoration of Mr. Burns. Click the picture (on the left) to read the description of our Highland Reserve Scotch Ale!