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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
For a person who can’t drink beer or hard cider, I sure spend a lot of time talking about it. But that’s because there’s always something worthwhile to say.
No, I’m not talking about whatever new brewery or cidery that’s about to open, although I imagine there are probably 10 or 12 of those in the works in our booming beer economy. Instead, it’s time to give a shout out to Bellingham’s OG brewery, the one that started it all and continues to be an example of how to do nearly everything right: Boundary Bay.
The brewpub recently celebrated its 24th anniversary and they also just brewed their 7,000th batch of beer. It’s noteworthy that they’ve brewed that many batches, and it’s also pretty incredible that we have imbibed 6,999 batches of Boundary beer in their nearly quarter-century of life. I say “we” because before I accepted that my beer allergy was real, I drank my fair share of those 6,999 batches, one pint of Scotch Ale at a time.
A special occasion requires a special brew, and Boundary’s milestone beer isn’t just another batch of Cedar Dust IPA or Oatmeal Stout (not that there would be anything wrong with that). They’ve dubbed their 7,000th batch—wait for it—Batch 7000 and it’s an Imperial IPA available for a limited time. I don’t really know what makes an Imperial IPA different than a standard one, but I do know Batch 7000 appears to come in the special Boundary glass instead of the regular pint glass, so that’s good enough for me.
Across town, another brewery that’s doing things right, Stones Throw, is gearing up to throw its final block party of the year—the one I suspect might be its favorite of them all—the Fresh Hop Block Party, which happens Sat., Sept. 21. As the name suggests, they’ll be taking over their block for the all-day affair, with live music by Sapphire and High Mountain String Band, food trucks and all of the other celebratory things we’ve grown accustomed to at their block parties.
They’ll be pouring not only pints of their 2019 Fresh Hop beer, but also a beer made from six different kinds of hops. And, as has become their autumnal custom, Stones Throw will be collecting hops from friends, neighbors and the community at large, which they will then use to brew their Community Ale, set for a mid-October release. The event is free, family-friendly and some of the proceeds will benefit the nearby Chuckanut Center, which will be on hand to oversee a produce swap at this multifaceted affair. And that’s it for this installment of Brews News You Can Use. Now go treat yourself to a cold one.