Purple & Gold Wine & Brews Cruise

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 2.39.16 PMBreak out the Purple & Gold and hop aboard DAWGS! Join Boundary Bay & Chateau Ste Michelle for a two hour Wine & Brews Cruise around Bellingham Bay. The date is set for Sunday, July 27th 6:30-8:30; boarding from the Alaska Ferry Terminal in Fairhaven between 6 & 6:15.

Sip Chateau Ste. Michelle wines in the company of senior director of winemaking Bob Bertheau. Bertheau’s father, Rene Bertheau, who played on the ’56 and ’57 Husky Football team, will also attend. Boundary Bay Brewery, owned by alum Ed Bennett (’73, M.B.A. ’78), will supply the suds. Delicious appetizers, good conversation and beautiful views add to this unforgettable and fun-filled evening with Bellingham Huskies. 

You don’t have to be a husky to take part in the fun (but must love Dawgs!) Tickets are $30 for UWAA members and $40 for non-members. Make your reservation today through the UW Alumni Association or by Calling Jeunai Dotson (206) 685-3682

Tooting Our Own Horn!

Have you seen these?

** a great commercial posted on Youtube that a viewer described as “the greatest beer commercial ever”

** the banner bank commercial starring Ed (the owner of Boundary Bay)

And have you read this article printed in Beer Northwest magazine last spring where Megan Flynn describes Bellingham as a town with a beer-centric attitude. She goes on to say: “…Bellingham is home to Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro, a neighbor hangout producing distinctly Northwest brews, full of flavor and hops. Open since 1995 and located on the popular Railroad Avenue in downtown Bellingham, the brewery attracts locals and out-of-towners. With numerous beer awards under their belt, you can’t go wrong with any of their brews.

The staple Inside Passage Ale (IPA) is far from a traditional India Pale Ale, and will delight your palate with citrusy hop flavor and upfront aroma. In 2006, the seasonal Imperial IPA won the coveted Alpha King Award for the best hoppy beer in America at the Great American Beer Festival, a first for a Washington Brewery.

Inside Passage Ale  (IPA)...a favorite of many!

Inside Passage Ale (IPA)...a favorite of many!

Imperial IPA...the Alpha King!

Imperial IPA...the Alpha King

The large brick building that houses Boundary Bay is a maze of brewery equipment and bustling dining areas. In the summer, the outdoor patio and lawn morphs into a beer garden, hosting live music and hula-hoop contests. The menu feature traditional pub grub like Beer-B-Q Pork Sandwiches, Smoked Salmon Chowder, and classic Mac and Cheese. Expect a line out the door on Friday and Saturday nights, but step into the bar for a glass of beer while you wait for a table.” (article by Megan Flynn)

P.S. (did you catch what the Beer and Brewing Editor said about our lil’ ole Imperial IPA in that article about the Alpha King: “The grand, first-place win was awarded to Ed Bennett of Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro in Bellingham, Washington for Imperial IPA, a coppery American Double IPA. Its deep-coral hue dances with a foggy glow, like a tropical sunset. Pungent aromas of grapefruit, orange, caramel, and spruce fill the air. The taste is rowdy, with a significant malt foundation and mountain of hops, drenched in sticky pine-sap and orange liqueur. Velvety and yielding on the tongue, it lingers in a long , bone-dry finish.” (quote from Carolyn Smagalski)

What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture?

photo by Vincent Aiosa

Upon first glance, practically nothing.  It’s a beautiful day in Bellingham, Ed is beaming with pride that his brewery’s growth and expansion has caught the attention of the Bellingham Business Journal who have come to interview and photograph Ed for a wonderful feature on Boundary Bay Brewing Co. to be included in their February edition.

But look at the picture a little bit closer.   No, closer than that, really get in there.

Okay, I will just point it out for you:

This is Shane, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro’s mountain of a bartender, and as is evidenced by this photo, kind of a ham.  Actually, a total ham, but only in the best way.

Next time your at Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, be sure to tell Shane you saw him in The Bellingham Business Journal.  He will be thrilled.