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.

 Currantly Hip Sour

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!

 

 

 

Beer Week

Scenes from Seattle Beer Week!

Seattle Beer Week turned 10 this year, and we had a blast celebrating! Our Seattle Beer Team, Bryan & Paul, were rocking the scene at a ton of events! Special thank you to all the locations that participated in Seattle Beer Week and poured Boundary Bay Beer!

Faces of Boundary Bay

Faces of Boundary Bay: Sarah Hardy

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Deciding what customers will look at and and subconsciously contemplate while dining out seems like a daunting task. Sarah Hardy, the new art curator at the brewery and an artist herself, brings color into the atmosphere through displays on the walls in the bistro. Sarah’s first exhibit as art curator features her own photography from her travels across the world bringing you to places such as Vietnam, Ireland and Cuba.

For more background on Sarah and her adventures, you can read her Faces of Boundary Bay story written by Terry Urbanik in summer of 2017 when she first arrived as a bartender. Stay tuned for more editions in the future to get to know your local staff here at Boundary Bay!

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In this episode of Faces of Boundary Bay by Terry Urbanik, we’re going to get to know another of our newer team members, Sarah Hardy. As you’ve likely sussed out on your own, Sarah is not originally from around here as she hails from Cavan, Ireland. Sarah has been on the roster with us since March of this year. In another case of Bellingham Meets the World, she had met local singer, and BB regular, Robert Blake during one of his Irish tours, and so (perhaps subliminally) had The City of Subdued Excitement on her radar.

Strolling into town with her husband, and fellow team member, Ryan Bogenreif and their two dogs wasn’t unusual, as Sarah has done a fair bit of travelling about the world. Having been to over 70 countries makes an impression, but some of the places that have really left a mark are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa and Burma. While she is currently visiting family back in Ireland (with a quick trip to Scotland getting squeezed in as well), she has her sights set on India as a country she’d particularly like to visit in the future.

All this travelling has played intriguing roles in Sarah’s life, for it was on a visit to Austin Texas that she first met Ryan, through a mutual friend. They stayed in contact, and when Ryan visited Europe, it wasn’t too shocking that he chose to spend most of his time in Ireland. Another way travel has impacted Sarah is the fact that she won the Irish Times Travel Photographer of the Year.

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It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as photography is another passion of Sarah’s. At the moment she works mostly as a wedding photographer, having shot over 30 nuptials to this point. She is also working on her skills in nature shooting, and living here in The Fourth Corner gives her ample opportunity to hone this skillset.

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As if she needs another. Traveller. Photographer. Nanny. Teacher. Sarah has done all of these, and finds aspects of those careers useful in being behind the bar. She had worked her way through college behind the sticks, and sees many things from one gig, that can be useful in another. For example, dealing with the time constraints of a large wedding party, trying get all those “just the right shots” while juggling the need to get everyone along to the next point in the day, gives great experience in filling a lot of orders, both for her rail, and all the customers the servers have. Understanding the need to stay calm, while managing tight time premiums, serves her well at both of those duties.

At the end of a shift, she’ll relax with a Citraweisse or Scotch Ale, and explore the vegetarian side of menu, particularly the banh Mi, Tempeh, and Yam Alechiladas. 

Sarah is particularly impressed with the tightness of our team. She and Ryan found quick acceptance and fellowship here on the S.S. Boundary, and really enjoys the way we do things together outside of work that tighten those bonds. One of the things she is really looking forward to spending time on is Shifting Gears, a new cycling & recreation nonprofit by Jenny Schmidt, Kari Humphreys, Stones Throw’s Nadine van Niekerk, and Max Higbee Center’s Kait Whiteside. Overall, Sarah is happy that her personal voyage brought her to us, and looks forward to what’s next. If you see her sitting still, take a moment to chat, I’m sure you’ll be as impressed as I was.

Beer, Events

The Tradition of Irish Red

BY REGAN BERVAR

 Janet Lightner with the Irish Red can!

Janet Lightner with the Irish Red can!

We’ve got a new beer in cans at the brewery, except this beer isn’t new at all. Irish Red, the official beer brewed for the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade, is now on shelves in bold, celtic emerald green cans.

It seems the first thing people look for when buying beer is an interesting can design or label. It’s supposed to tell a story and sell you into wanting to buy their beer. I enjoy looking at can designs and the artwork that decorates them, sometimes subtle and other times not so much, but I feel you can tell a lot about a beer from its can. The Irish Red can is humble in design, yet it has roots planted in the Bellingham community since 2009 that can be seen in the little acute details.

I recently learned the history behind the Irish Red Ale from the General Manager and founder of the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Janet Lightner.

 Join Boundary Bay in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Just wear green!!! 

Join Boundary Bay in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Just wear green!!! 

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual non-profit community-wide event dedicated to honor local public safety personnel. The Irish Red Ale is dedicated to the the parade as well as the protectors of the community and the public safety officials whose job is to keep the community secure everyday, and in doing so putting their lives in danger.

November 29, 2009, four Lakewood police officers were gunned down in a coffee shop in Washington. In the wake of this tragic event and others, it just made sense to dedicate this beer and parade to honor our public safety officials, Janet said.

To name a few, this broad spectrum of people includes policemen, firefighters, coast guards and in the wake of recent tragic events, teachers as well, but the list goes on and on. The Irish Red is dedicated to all the people who have devoted their careers to keeping the community wholesome, yet for them it’s just another day in the life.

Every time you cheers an Irish Red with your friend, partner, mom, sister or the stranger sitting next to you at the bar, think of it is a silent thank you to all of those who have risked their lives to make the world a safer place to live in.

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