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!

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.

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.