Gratitude IPA: Veterans Beer

GRATITUDE IPA, BREWED IN APPRECIATION OF VETERANS, RAISES FUNDS FOR NONPROFIT VETERAN ORGANIZATION

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The newest limited-release IPA on tap is brewed in appreciation for our country's veterans and will help raise funds for a nonprofit veteran-support organization.

Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) created a unique Veteran hop blend to benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a dedicated nonprofit organization. it helps to provide urgently needed resources and support for post 9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and injured members of our United States Armed Forces and their families.

“The fact that YCH created a special blend of hops to raise funds for a veteran-support nonprofit is inspiring,” says General Manager Janet Lightner, whose father Craig Lightner served as a pilot in the Navy.  “When we brewed this beer we invited our employees who have served in the United States Armed forces to participate in the process.”

 Army Veteran and bartender, Sam Stringer helps pour the hops for the Gratitude IPA.

Army Veteran and bartender, Sam Stringer helps pour the hops for the Gratitude IPA.

Bruce Kale, Boundary Bay’s first employee and Army Veteran, is encouraged by the effort to offer recognition and raise funds for veterans.

“Veterans have been overlooked for a long time and it’s seeming to finally sink in that support is needed.” Kale says. “It’s really nice to see our brewery making a beer to show appreciation and raise awareness for the sacrifice our country’s men and women make.”

Kale’s parents also served in the Armed Forces. His father, Glen Kale, served as a drill sergeant in Greensboro, N.C. before shipping off to India during World War II. His mother, Frances Curtis Kale, served in the Navy as a Radio Radar Receiver as well as an Assembly and Repair Airplane Carrier also during WWII. Currently, Kale’s parent’s uniforms are on display at Boundary Bay.

 Frances Curtis Kale in uniform.

Frances Curtis Kale in uniform.

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill creating women’s auxiliary agency in the Navy called “Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service” – WAVES for short. Frances Curtis Kale was one of the 283,000 women who joined the military during World War II.

“Fate wields an arrow into history for each of us, a nation at war decided for me,” reads a handwritten note from Frances Curtis Kale.

“This Veterans Day, we raise a pint of gratitude to thank the men and women who have served our country and hope their sacrifices will always be appreciated,” Lightner says.

Other breweries utilizing this blend include: Fort George Brewery, Sunriver Brewing Company, KettleHouse Brewing Company and Postdoc Brewing.


For more information about the Semper Fi Fund visit: semperfifund.org

Cabin Fever Season

Our newly released winter seasonal six-packs, Cabin Fever, features artwork from Bellingham artist Evan Whitehead. 

 Artist, Evan Whitehead with Cabin Fever cans.

Artist, Evan Whitehead with Cabin Fever cans.

Whitehead, a Bellingham native, who’s been an artist for 20 years (self taught), now owns a freelance business, Evergreen Artwork. His work features familiar expressive landscapes inspired by the beauty of nature, particularly local mountains, using acrylic on a variety of mediums. Beyond the brush, Whitehead is an avid snowboarder, hiker and explorer and his affinity for the North Cascades comes to life in his work. 

“Tying an amazing local artist to our brand was natural,” says Operations Manager Casey Diggs. “Building relations with our community is what we’re all about.”

 One of Evan’s recent paintings. He said that this place came to him in a dream that he felt compelled to paint.

One of Evan’s recent paintings. He said that this place came to him in a dream that he felt compelled to paint.

Inspiration for Cabin Fever’s can artwork was mostly derived from his family cabin in Glacier, Wash. The off-the-grid aspect of the can’s artwork was also influenced by another remote cabin he and his buddies used to trek to near the backside of Silver Lake.   

“Boundary Bay is almost like a second home, so working with them is pretty high on the stoke level.” Whitehead says. “Of everything I’ve painted from snowboards, cars, and murals, this beer can has definitely been the coolest.”

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 Snowboards Evan has painted in the past.

Snowboards Evan has painted in the past.

 Whitehead is very active in Bellingham’s art scene. He recently painted a large mural at Goods Local Brews, one of Bellingham’s newest craft beer spots. The past few years he’s been working with local snowboard company Damage Inc. to create artwork for one of their pro models. 

“One of their [Damage Inc.] riders got to choose their graphics for their board and wanted my work to be what he was looking down at while shredding pow,” Whitehead says. “[I’m] super honored to be able to do that for him two years in a row.”

 The mural Evan painted at Goods Local Brews.

The mural Evan painted at Goods Local Brews.

Through the month of November, Whitehead’s artwork will be displayed and available for purchase in Boundary Bay Brewery’s bistro.

Cabin Fever is available in 12oz cans and on draft throughout Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and King Counties. Rich and malty with a balanced hop character, this beer is deceptively strong. With an extended conditioning period, Cabin Fever is blissfully smooth.

 Inspired by an encounter with orcas this summer, Evan says when he doesn’t have a camera to take pictures, he paints them.

Inspired by an encounter with orcas this summer, Evan says when he doesn’t have a camera to take pictures, he paints them.

Faces of Boundary Bay: Liam Elio

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Welcome to the newest edition of Faces of Boundary Bay.  Today we meet one of our newest team members, Liam Elio. Liam (whose last name is pronounced Ell-eo. It is of Basque Spanish heritage) joined us recently as a Sales Rep, mostly handling Snohomish County, and a few other spots south of Whatcom County.

Liam was born in Connecticut, and traveled around a fair bit growing up. He lived in London England for a couple years around the age 3-4, and also lived in Texas and Vermont, where he graduated high school. Then came the college years with stops in Massachusetts, Maine, and Indiana, where he, mostly, completed college. But the wanderlust was deep seated enough that it was time to move on.

Bellingham was a random stop on his travels, and he hit town on a Saturday night. By Tuesday morning, he was working at the Colophon Cafe in Fairhaven. Unbeknownst to him at the time, this gig would have a major impact on him. One of coworkers at the Colophon was a young lady named Della Plaster. Many of you will remember Della as one one of the Gallus Gals, who supported the Gallus Brothers shows here at BB, and other venues around town. Della dragged Liam along to some Gallus Brothers shows here at the brewery, and he was immediately struck by the sense of community in the local music scene.

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Before long he was active locally, and worked several years with the Bellingham Circus Guild, where he filled several roles. Of course he also had, in the Bellingham fashion, a variety of other gigs, including; a caretaker on Sinclair Island, kayak instructor, rafting guide, a driver for the Baker Bus, Lift Operator at the ski area, beekeeper, various jobs in the restaurant industry in town, and several years running a widely loved pizza wagon called Peace, Love, Pizza. One of the things he did was run a small bus company, using a converted school bus. He would take groups to concerts, or rent it out for private events. I went on a couple trips, and can vouch for the good times provided.

One of the things that struck him deeply during these times was the general sense of approachability of people around town, especially of various business owners such as our own Janet, John Goodman at the Wild Buffalo, and numerous others. This inspired him to help create community focused events such as Thrillingham, a free, open-to-anyone, performance of Michael Jacksons Thriller dance, that was performed in public yearly.

This openness was an indirect lead-in to his new role here. He received his degree in Outdoor Recreation in 2016, and was tightly tied to the outdoors scene in town. One of the folks he knew was our own Kari Humphreys. Recently, they were preparing for a rafting trip, and Liam mentioned to Kari that he was looking for a job. Kari called Jenny Schmidt, who also already knew Liam, Jenny called Janet, a hasty appointment for an interview was arranged, and when Janet found out that it was “LIAM!”, the deal was sealed.

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While Liam had a basic familiarity with Team Boundary, having been a customer and hosted events here over the years, finally seeing it from the inside has been eye-opening. From the sheer amount of staff we have, to all the different roles that need filling around here, to all the various events we’re involved with, the level of activity was a surprise.

As far as his job goes, he finds that the Boundary name is still held in high regard, and the various accounts he services are happy to see him, and eager for our product. He’s still learning the product line, and with all the seasonals, one-offs, and speciality brews we do these days, he knows the learning curve will continue. He’s already familiar with the Scotch Ale, as that beer is almost required drinking for a newcomer in Hamsterville, and many pints were consumed during Gallus Brothers shows.

Liam has a primarily vegetarian ethos, and has been exploring our menu as he can, but being on the road every day he doesn’t get the chance for a shift meal every day. Away from work, Liam will prefer to start his mornings with breakfast, coffee, and the crossword puzzle before diving into his day. Lately he’s been focusing on handyman-type jobs around the house, something he relishes, and is involved in several sports such as hockey, softball, snowboarding, and, until recently, volleyball. And, as always, his beloved rafting is rarely far from his thoughts.

Liam tends to get an early start, so many of you might not see him early, and are busy when he gets off, but take the time to say hi. He’s a welcome addition to our crew, and an all-around good person.


Dark Darkness: A Dark Porter

BOUNDARY BAY BREWERY & D4 PRODUCTIONS COLLABORATE TO RELEASE DARK DARKNESS: A DARK PORTER

We’ve partnered with Dark Darkness, a local web-based film series, to host The Darkness Convention and beer release on October 10 with a new, limited release can.

The event kicks off the release of Dark Darkness: A Dark Porter in cans as well as the campaign for the graphic novel adaptation of the screenplay for Dark Darkness’ feature film. Dark Darkness is already a successful adventure-comedy-fantasy web series.

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The Darkness Convention will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on October 10 in the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay (1103 Railroad Ave.). The event features a cosplay/costume contest, raffle prizes and additional performances by local artists. It’s free, all-ages and open to the public. 

“Dark Darkness unites our diverse local art scene with local craft beer. Everything about this ‘dark’ porter including beer ingredients, can artwork, even the distribution network, celebrates our community,” says Janet Lightner, General Manager of Boundary Bay Brewery. “We’re also very excited to be a part of a local film producer’s pursuit of his dream.”

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Dark Darkness: A Dark Porter unites a deep-chestnut color, aromas of cacao and light toffee with chocolatey and subtle roast flavors. Dark Darkness will be available on draft and in 6-packs (12oz. cans) for a limited time during the months of October and November.

“Boundary Bay Brewery, especially Janet Lightner, have consistently supported the production of Dark Darkness,” says Wilson Large, D4 productions owner and Dark Darkness show runner. “We’ve been able to explore some common mutually-beneficial partnerships like product placement and sponsorship on a micro level.”

 Dark Darkness: A Dark Porter can will feature art of Dark Darkness main characters including Dread Vampire Wizard Mordecai, Jerry the Snakeman, Dungeon Master Ronald and Sorceress Ninja Queen Ganamazol. The artwork pencil and inks are by Bellingham-based Ben Hansen of 1314: Art of Ben Hansen with colors by Bianca Barreto. Ben Hansen will also create the graphic novel artwork.

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Faces of Boundary Bay: Jabez Richard

Meet Boundary chef, artist, father, writer, DJ and maker of anything art-related, Jabez Richard.

Jabez is born and raised in Washington. Growing up in Port Townsend, he had hopes of finding more opportunities off the Peninsula and he stumbled upon Bellingham. The beauty and greenery of Bellingham is what captivated him, but the unique people and art culture is what has been keeping him here for nearly 17 years and he now considers it his home.

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Jabez has been with us at Boundary for four years. He is an Assistant Kitchen Manager as well as a line cook and has been cooking professionally in kitchens for over a decade. With an overall aura of calm, Jabez uses his patience to help mediate conflict between staff. Working in a kitchen can be difficult especially during a busy rush when it has a tendency to get stressful. It can be hard not to lose your temper at times, he said as we are all guilty of doing every now and then. But in the end it is about being a part of a team and success starts with communication and learning to get along with each other he said.

 

One aspect Jabez loves about working in the restaurant industry for so long is the people that you get to meet and work alongside. Some people at Boundary he has been working with for 12 years among different restaurants in town. At times, he will have a whole crew in the kitchen that he has worked with outside Boundary and it’s fun to see that they’re still cooking together but in a completely different setting.

 

Outside of Boundary Jabez makes things, goes to school and takes care of his kids. Ever since he was young, he found joy in reading, writing, cooking- anything that he could find and lend his creativity to. The idea of taking an idea and adding structure to it to make something real is what Jabez loves about art. “Taking ideas I would have conceptually for writing and seeing them manifest into reality is one of the more satisfying experiences as an artist,” he said.

 

Originally following the path to becoming a novelist, lately Jabez has found another passion in screen and playwriting. Jabez has hopes to one day move to a movie-making city like Los Angeles or Vancouver, B.C. to pursue his passion and give opportunities to his two daughters, Helen and Lucy. For now, Jabez is working on his degree at Western Washington University double majoring in Literature and Creative Writing, but he still finds time to bring his passions to life in Bellingham.

 

“I’m currently in the process of making movies,” he said, his most recent work being a film for Bleedingham, a local film-festival featuring short horror films. With everything going on, he tries to include his family in a lot of his projects to get quality time. “Both my daughters are in it, my niece is in it, my sister is in it, and my friends,” he said. “And it’s filmed at my moms house. It’s just like this really cool family horror film.”

 

An artist of all media, Jabez also runs a radio show on KZAX 94.9 with some of his friends and coworkers. He enjoys sharing new music and says that his radio show is a good platform for getting his friends on the radio and finding other local artists to share and get discovered. “The music today that’s coming out of Bellingham is exceptional and original and people should hear it,” he said. “We’re in Bellingham, it’s an arts community and we make every kind of art.”

 

He says that even if it’s his line of work, he loves cooking and still does it at home. He dreams of a yard where he can have goats for cheesemaking to sell to local restaurants and work on projects like making his own salsa and sauerkraut to sell to the community.

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We are beyond stoked to have this creative artist on our team and thankful for his calming nature in the kitchen. He can usually be found reading, writing or baking up his favorite batch of cookies he calls Scotchies, which could possibly make their way to the Boundary dessert menu. His favorite thing to eat at Boundary is the salmon and although he doesn’t drink the beer anymore he highly recommends the Oatmeal Stout.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for special items running on the menu or future plays and films by Jabez Richard. If it’s got his name on it, it’s probably something you don’t want to miss!  

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Boundary Brews a Sour: Currantly Hip

When the recipe calls for our house lactobacillus culture, black currants, and extended periods of fermentation, it sounds almost like a science experiment rather than a hype-train in the beer industry.

Four years ago, sour beers were uncharted territory for us, until Citraweisse, a kettle-soured Berliner-weisse changed the game. Refreshing and crisp, it quickly became our seasonal summer beer brewed with Bellingham’s notorious summers in mind. By popular demand you can now find it in bright, colorful cans on your local grocery store shelves!

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The live lactobacillus culture involved in the process of brewing sours can be detrimental to wineries or breweries according to General Manager, Janet Lightner. Precautions had to be taken and new equipment need to be installed as we don’t have a designated sour tank.

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Currantly Hip Sour

Gaining momentum and confidence around this new culture, slowly but surely, the sours continue. It’s fun experimenting throughout the brewing process with unconventional fruits such as mango, apricot, citrus, cranberry and now black currant.

Our newest, Currantly Hip Sour, was brewed for the Oregon Beer Festival as it features fruits from Oregon Fruit Products. With a deep-purple hue and aromas of forest fruits lightly bubbling around a slight, yet pleasant, tinge of sour, Currantly Hip hits the spot. The bright-purple color (also incidentally Janet’s favorite color) makes it irresistible in this summer heat with its satisfying crisp, dry finish and tantalizing aromas.

 

It’s big news to us when we brew a sour, and we were lucky enough to snag a few kegs to have on tap at the brewery. They don’t last long so get in and try them before the last keg gets tapped!

Faces of Boundary Bay: Jenny Schmidt

A brief history of our amazing Communications Director: Jenny Schmidt! 

Jenny is originally from Oregon but it’s safe to say she’s been all over the country. From her home base in Boring, Oregon she moved to Boston during high school, then Montana and back to Oregon for college. She majored in Cultural Anthropology which she says definitely applies to her job here at Boundary. Learning different cultural settings is really important to understanding how to work effectively with people and how to communicate dynamically. After she graduated from Oregon State, she packed up her car and toured the country. She spent time in San Diego helping to raise her brother’s son while he was in the Middle East and then finally ended up here in the City of Subdued Excitement.

 You can often find Jenny on her bike or enjoying her favorite beverage (coffee) somewhere outdoors, preferably in the sunshine. 

You can often find Jenny on her bike or enjoying her favorite beverage (coffee) somewhere outdoors, preferably in the sunshine. 

To Jenny, Bellingham felt like the perfect place to stay awhile….. Until summer ended and she realized the rumors were true- it really does rain a lot here. She never thought that she would stay or fall in love with Bellingham as much as she did. The rain is something Jenny struggles with and she imagined herself leaving for somewhere warmer. But, she was already hooked. Bellingham was a place unlike any other to her that she couldn’t walk away from as there’s just no community out there like it. Bellingham is so supportive, innovative, kind and creative. 10 years later, she still loves it here, and has found that a good way to combat the rainy season is with a healthy balance of travelling to warmer places during the rainy winters.

Jenny found her way to Boundary four years ago and started as an Event Planner for General Manager, Janet Lightner, working only about 10 hours a week. Her position evolved over the years, and in September of 2017, Jenny earned the title of Communications Director at Boundary Bay, giving her the daunting task of organizing communication cross-departmentally and with community organizations.

With a background in Cultural Anthropology, it has helped her to understand people from all cultural aspects and to work with them in the most effective manner. Her job has evolved since she first arrived, building up to this current position but you can find her doing a lot more than just that at Boundary. Her daily work load can vary from hauling kegs to a nonprofit event, to answering upwards of 100 emails, or rolling up her sleeves with a rag and spray bottle cleaning out our storage facilities.

Outside of work, you can most likely find Jenny napping, eating tacos (specifically Eddie’s at The Cabin Tavern on Thursdays), being active running, reading books in the sunshine or riding her bike. A huge part of her life is the nonprofit, Shifting Gears, to which she serves as the Board President. She loves working with nonprofits and finds them extremely rewarding. It’s not a bad job, she says, as most of the time, daily duties of “work” include riding bikes, taking excursions and meeting with new people all over the community.

As Communications Director, her job is to help everyone in communicating effectively and in a restaurant with over 100 employees this is no small feat. She describes her job as trying to organize chaos everyday, but in a good way- almost like a “Human Sudoku puzzle” and she enjoys the challenge. One of her favorite things about Boundary that makes it so special is this unique chaos and the way that we embrace it in a positive way. There are people from all different backgrounds, all different ages and histories at Boundary. She finds it remarkable that the age gap could be 40 years between coworkers/friends at a table, but we get along and we do it so naturally that there is no room for cliques at Boundary.

Adamantly insisting that she doesn’t believe in favorites, Jenny has multiple reasons why she loves Boundary. “The people,” she says first. “This is my home, this is my family. Working at Boundary I get to work with hundreds of nonprofits which allows me to help make a difference in my community. It’s just really special to be at a place where I get to help make a difference, consistently.”

For the future, Jenny hopes to positively contribute towards the growth of Boundary Bay. “I think something really neat is happening now at Boundary with this intergenerational workforce,” she said. “These incredibly skilled young folks are bringing so much youth and new ideas to our team and I love watching them learn from the older generation who enjoy mentoring them (and vice versa). Seeing those bonding and mentorship moments are pretty rad.”

Being at Boundary surrounded by all the unique, weird, funny and quirky people, she has found it easy to be herself and feel accepted regardless of her own weird quirks. Learning is something that never ceases, especially when it comes to practicing communication skills and she is excited to grow as a team and community together. She is inspired every day by Janet and Casey, who juggle so many things on a daily basis, yet always with grace, strength, resilience and smiles.

It comes as no surprise that Jenny’s favorite meal here at Boundary is the custom “Jenny Salad” and her favorite beer is the Safety Break ISA with the Graf coming in at a close second. As you now know, Jenny is very community-oriented and if you haven’t already encountered her blissful presence, you will most likely see her around town at the next nonprofit event where she happily spends the majority of her downtime. Above all, she genuinely enjoys making people happy and seeing them smile and laugh!

Faces of Boundary Bay: Mickey Stylin

Another edition of Faces of Boundary Bay by Terry Urbanik, we would like you to meet a man of many talents, Mickey Stylin.

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Catch him performing in the beer garden July 26th with Hot Damn Scandal and August 2nd with Hot House Jazz Band. This dude is on fire!  

Hailing from the wilds of Ferndale, Mickey Stylin is here for his fifth summer on our Garden Grill Gang. After growing up in Sandy Point, Mickey moved into Bellingham in 2006. Having been involved in music for many years, it proved to be his entry, albeit circuitously, to us here at Boundary Bay. Mickey’s band at the time, Chivalry Timbers, played a gig in the garden. Manning the grill that day was kitchen manager, Jesse Gilsoul. Mickey noticed from the stage that Jesse was keeping time behind the grill, using the spatulas, tongs, and other tools of the trade to keep time with the band.

After the gig they talked, and as Chivalry had no percussionist at the time, Jesse was asked to sit in with the band. A friendship developed, and when Jesse moved upstairs, he recommended Mickey to catering manager, Ilana, an interview was arranged, and he got the job. In addition to flipping us tasty burgers all summer, Mickey also helps Ilana and her crew with their many off-site catering jobs.

Currently, Mickey plays upright Bass for Hot Damn Scandal, and they’ve played the garden several times this summer. HDS tours a lot, and they’ve played several festivals and special events over the summer which Mickey finds rewarding and fun. He also plays with a group called Hot House Jazz Band and still performs with Chivalry Timbers. As with any musician who tours, stories and tales follow. One such story happened when Mickey and Jesse were on the road with Chivalry Timbers.

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They had a day off, and were transiting from one town to the next, driving down 101 along the California coast. Jesse wanted to stop and catch part of a game, so they pulled into a local bar in some anonymous little town. After settling in, a local, who was perhaps more than a couple pints into his day, approached them, and said “you boys look like a band,” after confirming the man’s suspicions, he then said “there’s a stage right there, why ain’t you on it?” After a little back-and-forth, the guys went out to grab their instruments. While tuning up in the parking lot, folks started gathering around. After a bit, folks started coming out of the bar to listen. Apparently, this was putting a hurt on the business that day in the entertainment starved town, and the bartender came out and told them to get inside and play. It worked out well, as they made some gas money in tips, and the bar liked them so much that they comped the bands food and bar tab.

Away from work, practicing and rehearsing music takes up the majority of Mickey’s time, although there is also plenty of time for his dog, Tenor who came into Mickey’s life while he was in New Orleans. The Big Easy is notoriously musician friendly, and Mickey and his crew were staying in a crash house, with several other bands. Mickey noticed a dog hanging around his bands van, and befriended him. Turns out he was a stray that some other musicians had been giving some scraps too. When it was time to leave N’awlins, Mickey asked if the dog wanted to ride along. The answer is clear, and the pair can often be found together exploring Bellingham.

Mickey’s a hard worker no matter what he does, and you bet he does it with a smile. If you see him around either on stage or slingin’ burgers, give him a shout, he’s a pretty cool guy and we feel very lucky to have this talented fellow on our team!