Boundary Bay is delighted and honored to have loyal ‘Bounders’ like Liz and Chuck Mather supporting our Brewery and Bistro. These awesome folks decided to have a painting done of their “favorite place”– Boundary Bay. But what’s uniquely special about this piece, is the fact that Liz and Chuck are highlighted in portrait, sitting together in the tap-room with their Boundary Ales. This painting epitomizes the contagious Bellingham community spirit, that keeps local businesses like us thriving… and ALL of us at Boundary Bay are truly honored.
Chances are, if you’ve eaten here at Boundary Bay Brewery, you’ve indulged in one of our delicious burgers. Because, come on…what goes better with beer than a BURGER?!? Well, we’re now making the burgers we serve in our Bistro and Tap Room even better! Starting this week, our burgers will now be made with local, natural ground beef from Squaw Creek Cattle Co. in Everson.
Squaw Creek is a family owned and operated business, just like ours. Which is part of the reason we’re so excited to be serving up their beef patties. But, it’s also because these cows are grass fed and supplemented with spent grain from our brewery! Here’s what the people behind Squaw Creek have to say about who they are and what they do:
“We are dedicated to keeping a healthy herd and raise our cattle without the use of artificial growth stimulants and hormones. We make certain that the grass our beef are raised on is chemical free. We raise our cattle on large pastures, ensuring plenty of room for healthy grazing. Our beef is mainly grass-fed, with a supplement of spent brewer’s grain. Spent brewer’s grain is the byproduct leftover from the process of crafting beer . It has a high protein and fiber content and is highly digestible for cattle. The advantage of beef that has been raised with a supplement of brewer’s grain is that the finished product is lean, yet has a quality of marbling that cannot be achieved on a solely grass fed diet. To us, it makes a lot of sense to feed out cattle spent brewer’s grain because it’s reusing a product that has already fulfilled one purpose and can, now again, be used as an energy source for our cattle.”
So it all goes full circle, and here at Boundary Bay, this is a motto we like to stick by. Local businesses supporting local businesses!
So, what are you waiting for?!? Come try a 1/3 lb. patty of local, natural ground beef from Squaw Creek Cattle Company, char broiled with all the fixings on a locally made pretzel bun from Ralf’s Bavarian Bakery. Served with your choice of roasted potatoes, house salad or Tim’s potato chips. $9.99
Everett Craft Beer Festival
Sat. August 19th Noon-8pm
Downtown Everett (Hewitt Ave. & Hoyt Ave.)
Saturday, August 18th, the Washington Beer Commision will host their first ever Everett Craft Beer Festival featuring 26 local Washington breweries. Over 60 different ales will be poured with names by the likes of Caboose Oatmeal Stout, “Bedraggled” Irish Red Ale & Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager etc. We’re tellin’ ya, these beers won’t disappoint! Boundary will be spicing it up with some of our own specialty seasonals…we’re bringing a Ginger Peach Blonde and our newest concoction: Thai-PA.
Ginger Peach Blonde: as a straightforward lighter bodied ale, this Blonde is brewed with generous amounts of German pilsner and Vienna malts that balance with a crisp yet cleansing Noble Saaz hop finish. We added Fresh Hawaiian ginger and natural peach extract creating a just hint of sweet & spicy flavor. OG 1.070
Thai-PA: A honey-ambered colored India Pale Ale with good body, fairly strong alcohol content and an aggressive “fresh hop” quality. Heavily dry hopped with kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass, this beer has a zesty citrus taste. OG 1.052
• Entry to the event includes a tasting glass and five tokens (each good for a 5oz. taste).
• Additional drink tokens can be purchased at $1.50 each or four for $5.
• Tickets are $15 in advance online, $20 on the day of at the entrance gate.
• Designated Driver admission will be available for $5 and includes free water and soft drinks.
• Band headliners of the day include Jr. Geezer, Bucula, and Wild Snohomians.
Breweries Expected to Attend
|Boundary Bay Brewery
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
|Dirty Bucket Brewing|
|Emerald City Beer|
|Fish Brewing Company|
|Foggy Noggin Brewing
|Gallaghers’ Where U Brew|
|Hood Canal Brewery|
|Lazy Boy Brewing|
|Maritime Pacific Brewing|
|North Sound Brewing|
|Ram Restaurant & Brewery|
|Roslyn Brewing Company|
|Scuttlebutt Brewing Company|
|Silver City Brewery|
|Twelve Bar Brews|
|Two Beers Brewing|
August 19th, 8:00pm-10:00pm. Boundary Bay is honored to hold a fundraiser to help a family from Bellingham raise money for the Spina Bifida Association. The event is in honor of a little boy named Sammy. Live music will be played by The Popoffs, $5 cover. There will be raffle drawings at 9:00pm with prizes donated by local businesses and members of the community. One raffle ticket is included with cover, and additional tickets for $3 each, or 5 for $10. We encourage members of the community to come and join us for this inspiring and significant occasion.
Sammy was born in Haiti just over four years ago. When an unexplained bump arose on his face, villagers advised that his parents to let him starve to death, unable to treat his ailment. Sammy’s birth parents courageously decided to do otherwise and brought their son to a United States-run clinic where medical staff could help him. His condition was serious. Sammy had a form of Spina Bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. His was a rare form, where the opening was between his eyes. The results of this birth defect are life changing, strenuous, and often tragic. Thankfully, Sammy was able to obtain donated care and received two surgeries by an outstanding medical team in Sacramento, CA. He was hosted by Jeremiah and Kimberly, and Kimberly accompanied Sammy during his stays in California. Later he was adopted by them and became the youngest of five children. Sammy B. is now a patient at renowned Seattle Children’s Hospital where he is scheduled for another surgery on September 18th, 2012.
Six years ago, Jeremiah and Kimberly became more aware of how Spina Bifida can effect children. When they met two young Haitian girls with Spina Bifida, Christella and Helande, their lives were forever changed. They have met several other local families with children born with Spina Bifida. Kimberly and Jeremiah have actively chosen to help raise money to help others with this debilitating condition. Now you can help them out too, by educating yourself about Spinda Bifida, by spreading awareness, and attending Team Sammy B’s fundraiser.
Spoken in the words of Kimberly herself: “So that brings me to running. Why? I am pushing myself. I have been focusing on getting into shape, and setting challenging goals for myself. I want to raise awareness and support for something dear to my heart. I also want to help others with Spina Bifida. I want every time I feel my foot hit the pavement to feel gratitude that I can walk and run without the help of a walker or wheelchair. I want to be an inspiration to my children, family and friends. So here I am, pushing myself farther than I ever thought I would go. Signing up to run a half marathon. In Miami. And my husband is joining in and training with me!”
In order to run in this race, Kimberly and Jeremiah have committed to raise $6500 for the Spina Bifida Association. They kindly ask for your support and donations. Here is the link to their page:
Spina Bifida is the most commonly occurring, permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. It affects over 166,000 men, women, adolescents, and children across the nation. Spina Bifida occurs when the spine of a baby fails to close properly in the first month of pregnancy resulting in an opening in the spinal column. Those who are born with Spina Bifida live with the challenges of conditions like hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain), full or partial paralysis, bladder and bowel complications, learning disabilities, depression, deadly latex allergy, and social issues. There are 65 million women of childbearing age in this country, and all are at risk of a Spina Bifida pregnancy. It is imperative that all of them know that by taking 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, before they become pregnant, they can reduce the risk of having a baby with Spina Bifida by up to 70%.
A bustling hang out spot for all ages, the Boundary Bay Beer Garden is pleased to bring yet another series of free concerts intended for all Bellinghamsters alike! Every Thursday, we’re enticing you to stay out later with our free twilight concerts in our Beer Garden.
The loyal faces we see weekly know our beer garden offers a unique family-friendly atmosphere brimming with tasty beer and BBQ treats. Every Thursday (Wednesday and Friday too!) we offer happy hour prices from 4pm-6pm in the garden which means dinner for just $5 and a dollar off your pint! The aroma of delicious burgers, salmon fillet, onion rings among other summer delights never ceases to allure locals back for more. But rather than end the night early, why not continue the excitement well into dusk?
Kick off your weekend early and check out Boundary’s newest weekly addition; Thursday Twilight Concert Series. From 8:30-11PM, all ages until 10PM.
Sep 13: Chivalry Timbers
Sep 20: Hot Damn Scandal & Chivalry Timbers
Sep 27: Hot Damn Scandal & Chivalry Timbers
The Ames: This trio of talented musicians have certainly made a name for themselves in Bellingham area. The energy and uniqueness of The Ames never ceases to captivate their audience. Members of the band include Sam Carlton on piano, banjo, guitar, harmonica, kazoo, and vocals, Mike Lanz on drums and percussion, and Dan Swan on bass and vocals. Their music can be described as a combination of ragtime, rhythm, folk and soul. Fans characterize The Ames as the perfect concoction of all genres synthesized into a flowing and crisp instrumental performance group.
Skitnik: Described by the band themselves as “Electic Balkin inspired music,” you will surely be awed by the nonpareil and lively sound of this seven member ensemble. Names of the talent include Carrie Crockett, Alex Larson, Jeff Lefferts, Amiel Martin, R.J. Rex, Ellie Rogers and Stefan Freelan. “Skitnik” is actually Bulargian for the word “wanderer”…which may shed light on the uncategorized and eclectic sound this band prides itself on. No words will accurately convey the sound Skitnik brings to the stage, so it is best you come and check them out for yourselves!
Hot Damn Scandal: With an always evolving list of band members, it is evident that Hot Damn Scandal is genuinely passionate about experimenting with their dynamic sound. Whichever instruments and members they might show up with, you surely will not be disappointed with the liveliness Hot Damn Scandal will bring! Describing their genre of style as “Tipsy Americana Blues,” Hot Damn Scandal continually brings an incomparable uproar to the stage.
Chivalry Timbers: “We’re a group of schwashbucklin’ hoo hawin’ Northwestern folk in love with the songs of old, with a fresh new twist.” And this they are. An acoustic, folk, and instrumental group, Chivalry Timbers is encompassed by three talented musicians: Warren Allen (violin, fiddle) Michael Raper (stand up bass) and Kris Staples-Weyrauch (guitar) and Joe (percussion). A tight sounding, animated knee slapping kind of band, everyone enjoys listening to these polished guys over a pint!
If you know us at all, you know that here at Boundary Bay Brewery, we care just as much about giving back to the community as we do about making really, really good beer. Luckily, those two pursuits go hand in hand pretty often. This weekend’s Brewers by the Bay beer festival is a perfect example!
This Sunday (July 22nd), from 1-5pm, representative from 30 regional breweries will gather at the Depot Market Square (at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Maple Street) to bring you over 60 different micro brews to sample. In it’s sixth year, this Bellingham beer festival gathers together craft beer lovers who enjoy great beer, good food and live music while helping to raise money for local non profit organizations. This year, the music will be provided by The Playlists, Lost at Last and the Lost Highway Band.
Tickets ($25 advance / $30 at the door) include entrance to the event, a commemorative tasting glass, your first five tastes and live music. Best of all, the proceeds from this event go directly to organizations such as Northwest Youth Services, Whatcom Hospice House, Bellingham Boys & Girls Club as well as many other youth and family focused charities throughout Whatcom County. You can get your tickets in advance here at our brewery or at one of these other locations: Applied Digital Imaging, Natural Way Chiropractic, Chuckanut Brewery and Elizabeth Station.
So, come spend an afternoon with us in downtown Bellingham – drinking beer and doing good!
Not only will you help support many of our local non profits, but you’ll get to enjoy delicious beers from Alameda Brewing Company, Alaskan Brewing, American Brewing Company, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Big Sky Brewing Company, Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Diamond Knot Brewing, Dick’s Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing Company, Emerald City Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Fish Brewing Company, Fremont Brewing Company, Georgetown Brewing Company, Harmon Brewing Company, Kulshan Brewery, Lost Coast Brewing Company, Mac & Jack’s Brewing Company, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oakshire Brewing, Odin Brewing Company, Pike Brewing Company, Skagit River Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company, 21st Amendment Brewery and Two Beers Brewing Company.
For many years, a big part of Bellingham’s Memorial Day tradition has been the Ski to Sea race and accompanying festivities. The race itself is a 93.5 relay race from MT. Baker to Bellingham Bay encompassing seven different sports: Cross Country Ski; Downhill Ski/Snowboard; Running; Road Bike; Canoe; Mountain Bike and Kayak.
The weekend of fun also includes a community block party with music and food (and a Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden!), a junior Ski to Sea Race for the little ones, a hometown parade and special events all around town – including plenty of ones right here at Boundary Bay Brewery.
Starting Friday, May 25th, we’ll have all kinds of family friendly entertainment to keep everybody busy. This Friday kicks off the Official Ski to Sea Block Party in our Beer Garden! There’ll be music, dancing, food and fun. It’s a costume party too (NOT required!), so wear your Ski to Sea themed attire for a chance to win a fabulous prize! Dress as an original 1911 racer or a modern day racer…be as creative as you want. AND, the first 800 racers who show up with their race bibs get an official 2012 Ski to Sea beer glass for free! Oh, and be sure to enter the Ski to Sea and Alaska Airlines contest for a chance to win two round trip tickets from Bellingham to ANYWHERE Alaska Airlines flies. We’ll have our BBQ up and running and there’ll be live music by The Atlantics, too!
Then, on Saturday, May 26th our Beer Garden will open at 2pm and we’ll have the BBQ running all day. The Bellingham Firefighters Pipes & Drums band will be performing throughout the afternoon along with performances from other pipe and drum bands from the area. Around 7pm, we’ll start charging a $5 cover for the live music by Sundance which is all ages till 10pm.
The weekend’s festivities will wrap up on Sunday, May 27th with live music by the True Spokes (formerly Flowmotion) at 8:30pm. The show has a $10 cover as is 21+only, but the Beer Garden and BBQ open at 2, so people of all ages are welcome to relax down there and enjoy BBQ and beer until around 8 when we’ll start charging covers.
Be sure to try some of our Ski to Sea ESB this weekend, too! It’s brewed specially to commemorate and celebrate the Ski to Sea annual race and this rare brew of ours only gets released once a year. It’s available on tap here at the brewpub and in 22 oz. bottles sold here at Boundary Bay Brewery and at local grocery stores like Haggens.
Our Ski to Sea ESB is a copper colored English style pale ale that emphasizes the subtle blend of imported and domestic malts. The addition of dry hops adds a delightful hoppy aroma and a slight floral, grassy flavor.
We’ve even got Ski to Sea ESB tshirts and hoodies if you wanna commemorate your experience here in Bellingham this weekend!
If you’re familiar with Boundary Bay Brewery at all, you’ve probably tasted (or at least heard about) our Scotch Ale. It was our original, flagship beer when we opened in 1995, but we’d planned to have it on tap only as a seasonal beer. However, it turned out that our Scotch Ale was so popular that in 15 years we’ve never once taken it off tap even once!
This Scotch Ale has a thick, creamy head and a beautiful red hue with an incredibly smooth finish that lingers. We make it with roasted, unmalted barley which provides a distinctive flavor and hop it just long enough to give the beer good balance with just a touch of sweetness. You can pretty much always find our Scotch Ale on tap here at the brewery, at any number of regional restaurants and bars who have our beer on tap and in 22 oz. bottles here at Boundary Bay Brewery and at regional grocery stores and bottle shops.
But, this time of year, our beloved Scotch Ale gets a little bit of competition! This Thursday (May 17th) we’re releasing our Highland Scotch Ale which is brewed in commemoration of the Bellingham Highland Games. Made with Dark crystal and peated malts, this beer is rich and dark with a faint smokey finish and is definitely stronger than our traditional Scotch Ale. This small batch brew is only available seasonally, so be sure to come try it while it’s on tap! This beer tends to go pretty quickly around these parts and you won’t find this one in bottles, either, so plan your weekends around a road trip up here to Bellingham!
You can also enjoy this beer of ours at the Bellingham Highland Games on June 1st – 3rd out at Hovander Park. You’ll find it in the beer garden at the games all weekend, but there are a few opportunities for you to get your hands on it early, too! Here in the Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden, the Highland Games association will be conducting a blessing of the Firkin ceremony on Thursday, May 24th.
They’ll bless the kegs of Highland Scotch Ale heading out to the games and even have some pipers, dancers, game officials and men in kilts…of course! Here’s the catch though…that special Firkin they’re blessing? Well, it’s not gonna get tapped until Friday, June 1st which kicks off the Highland Games festivities. If you head out to Hovander Park that night, you’ll get to enjoy the Kirkin o’ the Firkin AND a Scottish Idol talent show! What’s a Kirkin of the Firkin, you ask? Well, $20 gets you a special mug that allows you to drink as much of the Firkin (filled with our Highland Scotch Ale) as you want till it’s gone…that means even the next day if there’s any beer left!
We’re switching things up here at Boundary Bay Brewery! For years now we’ve been serving Tony’s Coffee and we decided that we’d rather work with a local coffee roaster since our community and local economy are so important to us. We are very pleased to announce that we are now serving delicious coffee locally roasted by Bellingham Bay Coffee Roasters. Especially because, just like us, they’re family owned and operated! They’ve even created a special blend just for us – the Boundary Bay blend.
Now, we’re even using their coffee in a new beer of ours: Nitro Header Stout. This stout is a lighter, dry style blended with their Morning Header Blend and served from a Nitro tap. Their Morning Header is a Dark Roast blend of coffees from South And Central America and is 100% certified Organic. It has a nice, heavy body with smoky tones and very light acidity. We’ll have this new beer of ours on tap here at the brewery as of Monday, April 23rd. You can also find it on tap at the Copper Hog (eventually) and on tap at Civic Field during the Bellingham United soccer team home games.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday and we’re going to be celebrating in a major way here at Boundary Bay Brewery! We’ll open as usual at 11 am and have a full day of fun planned to entertain the whole family! Please be aware, though, that we have dancers and other performances happening throughout the brewery that day, so we won’t be able to rearrange tables to seat parties larger than eight people. Large parties are welcome to split into smaller groups or to stay together down in the Beer Garden.
We’ll have a special menu of Irish Fare that will replace our regular menu for the day. So, instead of your usual Yam Alechiladas, you can feast on a few of our regular standbys like our House Salad, Caesar salad and Pepperoni or Cheese pizzas or head down to the Beer Garden for BBQ.
But why not enjoy some festive faves like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherdess Pie or one of these other delicious meals?
House Salad – Mesclun greens, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers & croutons with your choice of dressing: bleu cheese vinaigrette, alehouse, caesar, or Thai vinaigrette. Beef it up by adding grilled chicken or Tempeh.
Caesar Salad – Romaine, parmesan cheese & croutons tossed with caesar dressing, topped with fresh lemon & cracked black pepper. Add grilled chicken or Tempeh to make it a meal!
Irish Stew – A warm & hearty compilation of vegetables, potatoes & tender chunks of beef simmered together in our Scotch Ale.
Smoked Salmon Chowder – Potatoes, smoked salmon, carrots, celery & onion in a rich cream base with fresh baked bread.
St. Patty Melt – 1/3 pound of natural black Angus beef, char-broiled and served on caraway rye bread with caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese.
Rueben – Seared corned beef on marbled rye made locally by Avenue Bread with sauerkraut, Russian dressing, melted Swiss cheese & your choice of roasted potatoes, house salad or Tim’s potato chips. Or make it vegetarian with Tempeh!
Cured Salmon Sandwich – Irish Whiskey cured Sockeye salmon sliced thin and served on a locally made ciabatta roll with sliced tomato, caper cream cheese and pickled asparagus. Served with your choice of roasted potatoes, house salad or potato chips.
Corned Beef & Cabbage – corned beef brisket braised in Amber and Scotch Ale, served with braised cabbage, carrots and red potatoes
Sheperdess Pie – a vegetarian version of shepherds pie with red beans, carrots, celery, mushrooms, peas, corn and pearl onions.
There’ll be free entertainment all day in our brewpub: from Irish Dancers to bagpipers to traditional Irish tunes.
And, after the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade at Noon, there’ll be a Post Parade Party in the Beer Garden with live music from 1-5pm with BBQ food available.
Robert Blake and the Paddy Whackers will play later in the night for a $5 cover (21+ only!). And, of course, special appearances from The Bellingham Firefighters Pipes and Drums throughout the day!
All ages are welcome in the Bistro and Beer garden till 9pm. 21+ in the tap room.
Here’s our lineup for Saturday’s entertainment:
- Derek Duffy: 11am
- GO SEE THE PARADE AT NOON!
- Penk O Donnell Dancers: 1pm
- The Wayfaring Strangers (band): 1:30pm
- Penk O Donnell Dancers: 2:30pm
- The Wayfaring Strangers (band): 3pm
- McGlaughlin Irish Step Dancers: 4pm
- Anna Schaad & the Skagit Ceilidh Band: 4:30pm
- Penk O Donnell Dancers: 6:30pm Band TBA:
- Penk O Donnell Dancers: 8:30pm
- The Paddy Whackers (band): 9pm, $5 cover, in the tap room. 21+
- In the Beer Garden
- The Paddy Whackers (band): 1:30-3pm
- Puirt Na Gael (band): 5pm