Salmon at the ‘B’-Bay

IMG_2456If you visit the brewery this July through August, you will find hand-painted salmon plaques decorating our Bistro walls. The artwork was made by the 4th graders of Whatcom County as part of the Students for Salmon program hosted by the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA). If you look closely, on each of these wooden plaques, there is a hand-written pledge by a 4th grader promising to do their individual part in restoring the wild salmon populations of Whatcom County.  Stunning photography highlighting the past years’ worth of NSEA’s volunteer work in the community, is also on display and for sale.

Best Cedar Tree students at Black SloughNSEA is a community based non-profit dedicated to restoring wild salmon populations in over 1,600km of rivers and streams in Whatcom Country. The main focus of NSEA is the restoration of lowland riparian areas, heavily impacted by human activities like agriculture and urban development. NSEA works with our local community by leading several volunteer projects a year which include activities like the replanting native foliage, stream improvement construction, and free educational courses.  One of these courses includes Students for Salmon, a hands-on environmental science program specifically for fourth grade students in Whatcom County, which teaches the basics of salmon and stream ecology while reinforcing values of stream stewardship, including both teacher and NSEA-led lessons and field experiences. The goal of the program is to teach students about salmon and their watershed environment. By teaching the students about what salmon require in order to live, the program encourages the students to become environmental stewards in the future. During the 2011-2012 school year, 1,131 of our local 4th graders spent a total of 16,625 hours in the Students for Salmon program!

This year, the kids hand-painted individual salmon plaques, which include a hand-written promise of how they will personally continue to help protect our local salmon species. In anticipation of the annual Salmon at the Bay Dinner hosted by NSEA, these vibrant fish now decorate our bistro walls — along with beautiful photography, documenting NSEA’s work in the community! NSEA and Boundary Bay invite you to join us for the annual gourmet wild-salmon dinner and celebrate the art, music and local community as a whole – Saturday, August 10th from 5-8:30 in the Beer Garden. There will be a live auction, silent auction, kids crafts, stand-up comedy, music and so much more! Tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for kids. Tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing or by calling 360-715-0283 x 105

For Friends We Love

Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 12.19.14 PMJoin us for the Friday Fish Fry in the Boundary Beer Garden on Friday, June 28th! In addition to our weekly fish fry, we’ll be hosting a Benefit Concert and Silent Auction to raise funds for a fantastic local family; The Karrer Family (Roy, Sally and Woody) who are facing illness and mounting medical bills. $10 suggested donation before 7pm. $10 entry fee after 7pm.  Live Music performances by Chad Peterson, Bob Paltrow, Holly Swanson, Jeff Wilson and David Vaughns.

RSVP to the Facebook Event Page!

Mentoring Matters – Pledge for Kids

Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 10.57.05 AMPresented by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington, Mentoring Matters is an evening affair aimed to shed awareness and keep the BBBS organization in the Bellingham Community.  We need the local community to support our mission of mentoring youth facing adversity in Whatcom & Skagit Counties, states the local BBBS Organization. So come down to the Boundary Beer Garden and enjoy live music, entertainment, raffles and make a financial pledge to prove “Mentoring Matters” in our community! All proceeds from the night will benefit the Children served by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW WA.

Saturday, June 8th
$10 cover, all ages welcome
Music by Robert S.Blake, Chuck Dingee & Others.

Who was Robert Burns anyway?

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!”

On “Hogmanay” (the Scottish term for New Year’s Eve) it is a tradition to join hands and sing Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight. Literally translating to “Times gone by”, the song has become a staple folk-song around the world, widly encouraging notions of ‘endings’ and ‘new beginnings’.  Whether a graduation, a birth, a loss or parting farwell – the lyrics have transcended from traditoinal Scottish folklore to a globally recognized tune. But we’re willing to bet most folks couldn’t tell ya who actually wrote the tune…

Robert Burns

Robert Burns is the man behind the infamous tune, and arguably, Scotland’s most reputable and prized poet of all-time. Named Scotland’s National Bard (poet), Burns’ unique, and sometimes radical style distinguished him from other poets, and he still continues to influence Scottish Literature to this day. Thus is would only be fitting that Burns had a holiday named after him. Whether its called Robert Burns Day or Burns Supper – the evening of January 25th (sometimes the 26th) is dedicated to the famous lyricist through ritual recitations of his work, over a celebratory feast.

This year, we invite you to join us in experiencing the tradition behind this dinner. An authentic Robert Burns Dinner will take place on January 26th from 6-11PM at Northwood Hall. Tickets are $40 dollars a person and include an evening of fine dining, a silent auction and celtic entertainment. For more information, please contact

On January 25th, here at Boundary Bay Brewery, we’ll be tapping a special keg of our Highland Reserve Scotch Ale that we set aside specially for this day.  Join us in a toast dedicated to the great works of Mr. Burns – and have yourself a glass of this deliciously aged brew. We have just ONE keg (120 pints) so it will only be on tap for one evening in commemoration of Mr. Burns. Click the picture (on the left) to read the description of our Highland Reserve Scotch Ale!