Art and Beer

Last Sunday, Solace Wonder came up from Seattle to hold a live art show and an art exhibition at Boundary Bay Brewery.  He spent the afternoon down in our beer garden creating one of his signature pieces…using acrylic paints, spray paints, and even leaves from our very own garden.  There was beer and pizza to keep the viewers sated and coloring pages of Solace’s characters to keep the kiddies entertained.  Oddly enough (and my favorite part of the whole event!) it turned out that while watching Solace create, every single person who was watching ended up picking up a marker or a crayon and working on those coloring pages themselves.

I think that says a lot about Solace Wonder…that simply his act of creation inspired an entire beer garden full of art and beer lovers to create right along with him.  What better function of art is there?  And what better beverage to accompany such antics than beer?  =)

We are hoping to have more art functions in both our brewery and in our beer garden.  Contact us with samples of your work if you are interested in showcasing your talents!

Oktoberfest at Boundary Bay!

As we know, all good things must come to an end and, unfortunately, the season of events in the beer garden has come to an end.  It did, however, go out with a bang!  For the final event of the season in our beer garden we had our own Oktoberfest celebration.  The garden was full of Fall revelers and people getting in to the spirit of things!  Ralf supplied us with authentic Bravarian pretzel treats and, as is our Oktoberfest tradition, we tapped a Firkin keg that, this year, held Havest Ale that had been fresh hopped with hops from our very own garden.  Here’s a couple of our favorite pics from the Oktoberfest celebration:

Looks like a fun time was had by all!  Don’t miss out next year on our Oktoberfest party in the beer garden.

Oh, and while I began this blog by saying the Oktoberfest marked the end of the season in the beer garden…well, all rules have exceptions, don’t they?  While the season is, for the most part, over…there are three events that came in just under the deadline and will stretch the season of garden events just a little longer.

The first of these events is on Saturday, October 4th when the Soundwaves Surfrider Benefit Concert is happening from 2pm until midnight.  The Northwest Straights chapter of the Surfriders Foundation is holding a benefit concert and fashion show in the beer garden.  The fashion show by Georgie Girls is at 7 pm and there will be a raffle to win a Gabe Kling autographed custom surfboard.  There will be music by The Surf Messiahs, Boris Budd, Vox Solis, North by Northwest, Vaughn Kreestoe, Voodoo Grace Notes, Pau Hana Brothers, Kreg Presley, and Sweet Beets.  All ages are welcome until 10 pm and the cover is $7 ($5 for 10 and under).

On Sunday October 5th, we’re going to have an art exhibition and a live art show down in the garden starting at 3 pm.  Don’t miss this unique, exciting opportunity to watch an amazing artist create right in front of you!  This art show is going to be from a Seattle artist named Solace who makes great urban, graffiti inspired art.  He’ll be working with acryclics and spray paint in the garden on Sunday.  Trust me, you do not want to miss this!  Check out this gallery on myspace of Solace’s work.

And finally, on Saturday October 25th, there will be a fundraiser in the beer garden for the Alpine Safety Awareness Program (ASAP).  This is an all ages community event featuring live music from BentGrass, all you can eat fish tacos, and a live auction of outdoor recreational equipment.  All money raised during this evening of fun pays for the insurance that ASAP must purchase to offer their free youth and adult awareness programs.