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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.

Past Columns
Of bongos and backwards balls

February 26, 2020

Drink it up

February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Chicken and egg:

January 15, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020

A necessary update:

December 25, 2019

Questions and answers:

December 18, 2019

It’s Baaaack:

December 11, 2019

Of Art and Artists:

December 4, 2019

Fundraising and Family Time:

November 27, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

Dream All Day:

November 6, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

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October 23, 2019

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Events
Today
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Interurban Trail

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fourth Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Comedy Night at Chair 9

9:00pm|Chair 9

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Children's Literature Conference

8:00am|Performing Arts Center

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Lynden Community Center

WNPS Field Trip

9:00am|Larrabee Park

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Tenmile Creek

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am

The Birds of Western North America

11:00am|Blaine Library

Washington Beer Open House

12:00pm

GEMS Fair

12:00pm|Western Washington University

Strait Art

1:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Corsini Wines Tasting

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Eagles Here and Around the Globe

3:00pm|South Whatcom Library

La Conner Daffodil Festival Poster Reception

4:00pm|Lux Art Center

Leap reception

6:00pm|Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery

Wild Womxn Week

6:00pm

Ignite the Night Fundraising Gala

6:00pm|Settlemyer Hall

Leap

6:00pm|Cirque Lab

Jeffrey Elvis

7:00pm|Lynden Pioneer Museum

Manouche NW Concert Series

7:00pm|Walton Theatre

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Wildpreneurs

7:00pm|Village Books

Off the Hill Concert Series

7:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Sunday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am

Wild Womxn Week

6:00pm

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Vegan Bake Sale

11:00am|Kulshan Brewing Company

Whatcom Writes Reading

2:00pm|Village Books

Birding for Kids

2:30pm

Salish Sea Early Music Festival

3:00pm

An Evening of Flamenco

7:30pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Depot Comedy Club One Year Anniversary

8:00pm|Aslan Depot

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