The Great American Beer Festival is happening this weekend and we know that not everybody can take a week off and fly to Denver to take part in this holiest of beer festivals. So, for those of us left behind, we’re pouring our GABF beers this weekend here at Boundary Bay Brewery! We’ll have Pilsner, ESB, Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Dunkles Bock and Cabin Fever on rotating taps throughout the weekend…starting Friday morning. Taste them all or just the out of season faves like the Cabin Fever. Judge them for yourself and tell us which gets your vote for the gold! Cheers.
We’ve got some great menu specials for you today here at Boundary Bay Brewery! You know we love supporting other local businesses and we’re excited to offer you local bratwurst from Hemplers and locally made ciabatta by Avenue Bread! Come try Dunkles Bock (our Spring seasonal beer) and one of our tempting specials:
Hempler’s quarter-pound bratwurst on a toasted stadium roll with sauerkraut, chopped onions, and stone-ground mustard. Your choice of roasted potatoes, house salad, or Tim’s Cascade potato chips. $7
TURKEY, BACON, SWISS:
Natural turkey breast, bacon, and melted Swiss cheese on an Avenue Bread ciabatta roll with ranch dressing, green leaf lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Your choice of roasted potatoes, house salad, or Tim’s Cascade potato chips. $9
CHICKEN POT PIE:
Dumpling style. Carrots, pearl onions, peas, and chicken cooked in a creamy chicken gravy. Topped with biscuit dough and baked until golden brown. $6
Spring has sprung here at Boundary Bay Brewery and we’re celebrating with the release of Dunkles Bock, our Spring seasonal beer! Dunkles Bock is a traditional German-style Bock. Made with all German malt, strong, full-bodied and bottom fermented, this beer has a low hop flavor and a deep copper color. Made with Hallertau and Tetnanger hops and Crystal, Munich, Pilsner, Vienna and Chocolate malts.
Our Dunkles Bock has been a favorite for years and is an award-winner to boot!
- Silver – 2007 North American Beer Awards
- Bronze – 2006 North American Beer Awards
- Silver – 2004 North American Beer Awards
- Gold – 2001 Great American Beer Festival
- Bronze – 2000 World Beer Cup
- Silver – 1998 Great American Beer Festival
We’ll be tapping our first keg of this year’s Dunkles Bock THIS Friday, March 19th. Come join us and celebrate the return of Spring!
Last night we had our very first Sweet Tweet at Boundary Bay Brewery! This year, we’ve gotten into social media pretty deeply and one of our favorite sites is Twitter. We decided to invite some of our Twitter fans to our beer garden for a tasting menu of our new summer desserts. We asked them to help us pair each dessert with a beer and to post tweets about it while attending the event. The tweeters were served the Larabee Cake (a chocolate mouse, meringue and blueberry confection), a Strawberry Shortcake in a honey-champagne glaze and a Cherry Porter Ice Cream cake. They were each poured tasters of a selection of our beers and asked to taste and tweet and tell us what they liked best. They even got to try a chocolate wort reduction sauce drizzled over figs as the grand finale!
After tallying the votes, here’s the Sweet Tweet results: the crew chose Dunkles Bock as the clear winner to accompany the Strawberry Shortcake (thought the Stout got a few votes too – especially when tasted with the shortcake biscuit!). “Dunkles Bock brings out some nice complexity and cuts the sweetness.” When it came to pairing beer with the Cherry Porter ice cream cake, the opinions were much more divided. As one of our voters stated quite clearly: “With Dunkles = yum. With Stout = yummier!” One of our tasters thought the Stout was the undeniable obviously right choice, while another observed that the “Dunkles Bock makes the cherries pop…” And last, but not least, the Larabee cake was paired with everything from the lightest (our Lightner Ale) to the Oatmeal Stout. “Stout works with the chocolate perfectly and cleanses the sweetness.” vs. “Ale works surprisingly well…Ale works best with the more strongly flavored desserts, contrary to my expectations.”
Overall, the Sweet Tweet was a great success! We were blessed with a group of Twitter techies who were well versed in beer and food as well. They served as an incredible think-tank and we are so thankful to all of them for being part of this event with us. If you’d like to read more of the comments posted during the Sweet Tweet, go to search.twitter.com and type #bbst (boundary bay sweet tweet) in the search field to see all the results. And, if you’re still longing for more Sweet Tweet action, you can check out all the photos from the event on our Facebook Photos Page.
Our Spring Seasonal…Dunkles Bock is a traditional German-Style Bock is made with all German malts. Strong, full-bodied and bottom fermented, our Dunkles Bock has a low hop flavor and a deep copper color. Our rendition of this ale won Gold at at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival(GABF), Silver at the 2004 GABF and Silver at the 2004 North American Beer Awards.
Every Thursday we feature a different Cask Ale during our Happy Hour. Cask ale is created by adding unfermented beer (wurt) to fermented beer. Tonight, we’ll be featuring a cask of our Amber Ale…which is always a favorite! Our Amber is a deep reddish-brown ale with medium to full body and a lively hop character. This is a much fuller style than most Amber Ales and is made with Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Chocolate and Carastan malts along withh Columbus, Cascade, and Amarillo hops.
Come down to Boundary Bay Brewery tonight to celebrate the imminent end of the week, the coming of Spring, and Thursday…the best beer day of the week!
These are the beers we’ve submitted for judging:
Cabin Fever: Specially brewed and bottled for the Pacific Northwest winters, this winter warmer’s dark red-brown color and rich malty flavor will complement any rich, hardy meal as well as your favorite spicy dish. However, with it’s cold conditioned, smooth, dry-hopped flavor, Cabin Fever is very satisfying all by itself.
Old Bounder: A rich, full-bodied barley wine with a smooth caramel sweetness, warming alcohol content and balanced hop character. Excellent with desserts as an after dinner beverage. To be appreciated in moderation.
Imperial IPA: A full bodied, copper colored India Pale Ale, with a fairly strong alcohol content and an aggressive “fresh hop” quality. Only in the Great Northwest can one find such a well balanced, over the top highly hopped draft ale.
Imperial Oatmeal Stout: A black, very rich and full-bodied stout with a silky smoothness that gives way to a long “roasty” finish. A heavy weight monster of a beer — not for the timid.
Pilsner: A light, honey colored lager with a beautiful hop aroma and flavor. This lager is brewed in a traditional manner using only the finest ingredients: Pilsner, Munich and Vienna malts and Saaz and Gr. Hallertau hops. This beer is fermented at lower temperatures than an ale, creating a drier body, with less fruity esters.
Highland Reserve: In commemoration of the Highland Games our brewers have released a special reserve Highland Scotch Ale, rich and dark with a faint smokey finish. Dark crystal and peated malts are added to achieve the elements unique to this historic seasonal.
The Alpha King challenge (which our Imperial IPA won in 2006) will be judged on Friday and all the awards for the entire competition will be presented on Saturday. Get a piece of the action by trying one of our entries to the GABF. There will be rotating taps all weekend with selections from our beers being judged. Come in to Boundary Bay this weekend and judge them yourself and let us know what you vote as the favorite!
Click here to see a list of the awards our beers have one in past years of competition.
Our traditional German-style Bock is made with all German malts and has a low hop flavor with a deep copper color. It is strong, full-bodied and bottom fermented. Apparently, it’s a consistent favorite as it’s won awards at the North American Beer Awards in 2004, 2006, and 2007 as well as at the Great American Beer Festival Awards in 2004 and 2001. We’ll be releasing this long time favorite on March 18th so if you can still stand after your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, come on down to Boundary Bay Brewery and sample our Dunkles Bock – perfect with one of Ralf’s Bavarian pretzels!
Boundary Bay Brewing Co.’s ‘Jack of All Trades’ Aaron Joella enjoys Boundary Bay Brewery’s award winning Dunkles Bock. If you fancy his Dunkles Bock shirt, they will also be available March 18th at Boundary Bay Brewing Co.’s online store.