Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
Bellingham is such a sweet little town - worth the trip for scenery, vibe, food, and this cool little brewery.
garage doors, open air, full of space and exposed brick. cool place.
Boundary Bay has a solid arsenal of brews, most certainly headlined by the stellar IPA which is difficult to track down (in the bottle) outside of the brewery.
The 15th anniversary was a nice potent strong ale and the ESB was fairly good.
Service is strong and attentive, with a rotating-staff approach to ensure all needs are met.
We only had a light chips/salsa appetizer just to pass the time but the salsa was solid and the chips were standard.
So far, easily one of my favorite washington brewers.
07-27-2011 00:48:38 | More by dirtylou
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -12%
Old building with high ceilings and some tacky art work. Old wooden mismatched tables and chairs on a nice wood floor. You dont go here for the food or the atmosphere, but for the beer. Their IPA is quite nice and the Imperial Oatmeal Stout is very good. The seasonals look to be outstanding. Had a Belgian Pale Ale served in a nice brandy snifter. Cascadian Dark Ale coming out soon. Would have probably given higher marks in the summer when the outdoor patio opens and I had more than 2 of their pints.
02-14-2011 02:06:16 | More by LazyL
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
Atmosphere: Nice long bar, plenty of tables in the place. My favorite thing about Boundary Bay (besides the beer) is the beer garden. A great place to sit outside with plenty of seating and they also have a couple kegs out there so you don't have to walk inside. If you sit inside the place feels so open.
Quality: For what they have, the quality is great. Just take a look at all the medals and awards littering the walls.
Service: Plenty of staff. Always someone walking around that you can flag down if you need something. If you sit at the bar the bartenders are always attentive. Never had a problem with the service.
Selection: More than a dozen beers to choose from. BB always has most of their "staple" beers on tap, and then a rotating seasonal list. I'm a big variety fan so BB is a good place where I can always get something I haven't had in a while.
Value: Overall, a bit on the pricey side, but their beers are top notch. One of my favorite places in Washington.
10-26-2010 12:01:23 | More by otto251068
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
Boundary Bay is one of our all-time favorite brewpubs. The atmosphere is convivial and laid-back. The beers are award-winning, top-notch, with a good variety always on tap. The food is creative, fresh, local and delicious (try the Yam Alecheladas). And the ownership is engaged and cares deeply about the Bellingham community.
The 21+ bar area is the best place to sit, and it seems no matter what time you are there it's packed with everyone from the 21-year-old WWU student to the 65-year-old local fisherman.
Also of note is the beer garden, open roughly late spring through early fall with frequent events like live music, community events and even weddings. It's one of the largest beer gardens around, and it seems like it's always sunny in Bellingham.
Boundary Bay is a great place to stop on the way to or from hiking or skiing at Mt Baker, or we also enjoy spending the whole weekend in Bellingham to soak up the outdoorsy northwest vibe.
10-11-2010 18:29:23 | More by WaBeerBlog
3.58/5 rDev -12.5%
Boundary Bay has a lot to offer. Family dining, tap room with a couple of TV's, a beer garden, and an almost constant stream of events throughout the year. There is a good amount of seating available when the outside is open but limited at all other times.
Boundary Bay is all about the beer. They are very prompt at getting your beers out to you. However, the servers (and some bartenders) are not always very knowledgeable about what they have and what to recommend. Being a fan on facebook I have often been more knowledgeable about the different beer they have. That being said, they are always trying new things and have different taps rotating in conjunction with their regulars and the new cask engines they put in make choosing even more difficult. Definitely not a bad problem at all!
The food is good though in my opinion not as spectacular as they like to promote. They have a wide variety of offerings for the family and even brew a house root beer for the kids, although my root beer connoisseur son states it's just above average. They are also quite slow at the best of times. Last Friday it took over 20 minutes to get a couple appetizers out to our table, which I suppose does give you time for more beer which is what they may want in the first place.
They are a bit pricey for what you get relative to other locations. In fact, I can get a growler of seasonal brews (which they refuse to sell at Boundary Bay) down at the Porterhouse Pub in Mount Vernon for the same price they sell their regular offerings. I think this is due to a lack of competition in the area and the fact that they have been firmly entrenched in the community for a long time.
Overall, Boundary Bay is certainly a worthwhile stop if you're ever around the city of Bellingham.
06-27-2010 17:36:49 | More by Bfarr
3.73/5 rDev -8.8%
A: Stopped in here on a Saturday, busy World Cup day, farmers market and WWU graduation. Busy but I saw some beer shirts. Laid back.
Q: Beer quality at BB is always good to very good
S: Slow at times but not bad, it was a busy day afterall.
S: 7 regular handles and 3 seasonals but nothing exciting at all
F: Fish tacos and burger were bland, bad, we did NOT finsh them. Not bad on price for the food but I have had better pub food for sure
Overall a good stop and glad I went but probably would not go out my way to go back.
06-13-2010 03:41:08 | More by barleywinefiend
4.58/5 rDev +12%
Went here while in Bellingham a couple weekends ago. Had been here one other time and had an awesome time here and remembered how good everything was. Went somewhat early...maybe like 4pm and the place was packed....looks like the locals love this place as well. Parking was a bit of a challenge but finally found a spot. We ended up having to wait for a table but the staff said we could grab a beer and go out on the patio so thats what we did. Looked like down below the patio they were setting up for some music that night. I started off drinking a double red which was one of their seasonals on the menu. The double red was amazing! Finally some guy left so we grabbed his table in the bar area and sat down. Service was very prompt...and we ordered our food and another beer (dopplebock this time). The dopplebock was even better than the first beer. We ended up getting nachos and a side of beef stew. Both of which were amazing. Its a good thing boundry bay isn't in the town I live in cause I'd be there probably more than I should. A must visit while in Bellingham.
04-19-2010 16:04:29 | More by loren01
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
This is about as good as it gets, folks.
Located a handful of miles south of the Canadian border, Boundary bay may be the perfect local brewpub. The restaurant is set in what once must have been a large garage, because a giant garage door separates the main dining area from the patio area open when the weather is nice.
But other than that, you'd never know it was a garage. The tables, decorations, bar, televisions and general atmosphere has nothing "garage" about it. The giant boats, sails and mounted fish adorning the ceilings and walls is a bit over the top, but overall, I loved the feel of this place.
The menu is *almost* typical pub fare. The difference is the ingredients: the combinations of local ingredients and freshness of what is available.
For example, my dining partner got a delicious pizza topped with smoked salmon and pesto. I had a sandwich stacked high with a fresh filet of salmon. And the pumpkin cheesecake to top the meal off wasn't too bad either. It tasted just like the perfect pumpkin pie, which I've never had, because apparently the perfect pumpkin pie is a pumpkin cheesecake.
The beer is absolutely outstanding. They had nine of their own beers, each of which was heavy on the malts, giving it the depth and complexity so sorely missed by many brewpubs looking to sell a lot of beer. The malt level means it is more expensive, and you can't drink as much, because it is filling as hell. But I loved absolutely everything they put in front of me.
And the service was great. Good suggestions. Attentive. Brought my large sampler out in flights so that they didn't get too warm.
01-27-2010 23:24:38 | More by bigkingken
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
It's tempting to think of Bellingham as the quintessential northwest city. It's comfortably mid-sized with a mix of historic charm, modern adaptations and a lively personality. That might also describe the Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro. It enjoys a great broken-in feeling courtesy of the building's origins as a downtown waterfront industry. The bar has worn, wooden floors, suspended sails and a dingy, and windows into the brewery. Plus, there's a beer garden, a patio, and isolated views of the bay.
The brewpub is in the heart of downtown Bellingham immediately across from the Farmer's Market. It's extremely popular among Bellinghammers. The diverse food menu is reasonably priced, tasty and falls mainly into that imprecise category called "comfort food." Try splitting a mac & cheese and a salad with a friend or the grilled portobellos if available.
The bar has just six seats. But the bar room and dining hall probably hold 100 or more people and will be packed during peak service hours. Expect a twenty-minute wait for a table on a Friday night. Service is responsive and pleasant. On one occasion my server forgot to bring me a beer menu for perhaps 15 minutes but compensated for this with a pint on the house. Apparently it's their policy.
Ten house beers include about seven regulars, three seasonals, one nitro tap and no guests. Cask ales are tapped on Thursdays. Boundary Bay enjoys a solid reputation for fine ales though my experience has been mixed. Most beers are American and British Isle derived with rare excursions into continental territory. 22-oz. bottles are available to go at the service counter.
11-12-2009 05:48:36 | More by RedDiamond
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
This is my local brewpub and one of my favorite places to drink.
The atmosphere is casual, comfortable and laid back.
The quality is very good, sometimes excellent.
The service can vary with who you get as a server. Some of the best service I've ever had has been at BB, and some of the worst. Not all of the bartenders and servers care about beer and will say whatever you want to hear to get more tips. There are a couple who do care, and if you find Paige, Erin, Ryan or Whitney behind the bar the service and knowledge levels rise.
The selection of beers is very good, with a steady 6-7 regulars and perhaps 15-20 various seasonals throughout the year.
The food is very good and has enough variety to satisfy an entire group.
A must visit when in the Northwest.
11-03-2009 02:31:44 | More by JTrona11
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.