Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Active Beers: 64
Beer Ratings: 650
Beer Avg: 3.66
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
2.73/5 rDev -33.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
By far one of the most over rated brewerys i have ever been to. The restaurant itself is nicely laid out with a big open bar to sit and enjoy some beer. They also have a wonderfull beer garden great to enjoy a few beers and usually listen to some great local music.
Service is usually a little slow. Sometimes coming off as pretentious, but thats just B-Ham for ya.
The food has always been pretty decent, with a menu based on local farms. Unfortunately for my experience's the beer has been just ok, without really sticking out from any other brewery. I feel the beers are rushed through the final stages of brewing, creating an unfinished balance at the end of every drink.
Seems they have a devoted local following, which is good to see people appreciate and support local business.
Suprisingly there is much better beer down the street at chuckanut without said following.
11-21-2011 05:22:39 | More by long4hops
3.08/5 rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Oh Boundary Bay Brewery, you are a staple in the Bellingham community. When I was first introduced to craft beer you were my love. Your scotch ale was delicious, but soon things started changing.
Your service was sub-par. I would sit waiting to be served for 5-10 minutes without even being so much as talked to. Your servers were curt and not very friendly.
We started growing apart as I found better and better craft beers and bars/eateries that had better beer on tap. I began to notice that pretty much all your beers tasted the same, hoppy and sweet. My massive headaches after just two of your beers were attributed not long enough fermentation times.
You're getting better though and i hope our relationship can be mended in the coming years.
11-12-2012 20:43:07 | More by SecondStage1983
3.58/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Boundary Bay has a lot to offer. Family dining, tap room with a couple of TV's, a beer garden, and an almost constant stream of events throughout the year. There is a good amount of seating available when the outside is open but limited at all other times.
Boundary Bay is all about the beer. They are very prompt at getting your beers out to you. However, the servers (and some bartenders) are not always very knowledgeable about what they have and what to recommend. Being a fan on facebook I have often been more knowledgeable about the different beer they have. That being said, they are always trying new things and have different taps rotating in conjunction with their regulars and the new cask engines they put in make choosing even more difficult. Definitely not a bad problem at all!
The food is good though in my opinion not as spectacular as they like to promote. They have a wide variety of offerings for the family and even brew a house root beer for the kids, although my root beer connoisseur son states it's just above average. They are also quite slow at the best of times. Last Friday it took over 20 minutes to get a couple appetizers out to our table, which I suppose does give you time for more beer which is what they may want in the first place.
They are a bit pricey for what you get relative to other locations. In fact, I can get a growler of seasonal brews (which they refuse to sell at Boundary Bay) down at the Porterhouse Pub in Mount Vernon for the same price they sell their regular offerings. I think this is due to a lack of competition in the area and the fact that they have been firmly entrenched in the community for a long time.
Overall, Boundary Bay is certainly a worthwhile stop if you're ever around the city of Bellingham.
06-27-2010 17:36:49 | More by Bfarr
British Columbia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
First the good: love the room, the beer garden, the whole ambiance. It's great! The service was just as great. It was busy and our server was doing a fantastic job of being personable and making sure everyone was happy. Amazing! The menu has a good selection that is sure to please a wide variety of people. Speaking of which, it's a good mix of patrons from sporty-bikesters to hipsters to everyday working people. I wish patrons were allowed to choose the 6 beers in the sampler but it covers nearly all their regular offerings ... and when I asked about the two keg beers the great server happily brought me mini tasters in addition to the 6 on my tray.
Now for the bad: I really didn't like any of their beers. They were totally disjointed, tasting like they were just thrown together without any sense of balance. The listed alcohol levels were reasonable but the lack of a balanced accentuated the alcohol which made the beers taste even worse. I didn't finish any of the eight I tried. I thought I had hit the beers on an off day but a local beside me was raving about their big and bold taste.
So I'm torn about recommending BBB to friends. How about: it's a fantastic beer destination but just don't drink the beers.
Maybe it's just me so I'll give the beers another chance another time ...
06-29-2014 16:06:21 | More by EspressoGuy
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Old building with high ceilings and some tacky art work. Old wooden mismatched tables and chairs on a nice wood floor. You dont go here for the food or the atmosphere, but for the beer. Their IPA is quite nice and the Imperial Oatmeal Stout is very good. The seasonals look to be outstanding. Had a Belgian Pale Ale served in a nice brandy snifter. Cascadian Dark Ale coming out soon. Would have probably given higher marks in the summer when the outdoor patio opens and I had more than 2 of their pints.
02-14-2011 02:06:16 | More by LazyL
3.63/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Just visited this place today. Atmosphere is relaxed and informal. I had a lovely, smoked salmon pizza here for under 10 dollars. 6 Regular and 3 seasonals on tap when I visited. Kind of a hippie-rustic sort of appeal if you like that kind of stuff. There was a fairly large indoor restaurant as well as an outdoor patio area and a Jazz band playing.
Beers, I found were maybe on the happy side of average. My favorite was the scotch ale, which I found quite good, as well as the blond. Lots of detail on the menu itself for interested parties, including OG and hop and malt varieties used.
05-19-2008 04:41:33 | More by allergictomacros
3.73/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
A: Stopped in here on a Saturday, busy World Cup day, farmers market and WWU graduation. Busy but I saw some beer shirts. Laid back.
Q: Beer quality at BB is always good to very good
S: Slow at times but not bad, it was a busy day afterall.
S: 7 regular handles and 3 seasonals but nothing exciting at all
F: Fish tacos and burger were bland, bad, we did NOT finsh them. Not bad on price for the food but I have had better pub food for sure
Overall a good stop and glad I went but probably would not go out my way to go back.
06-13-2010 03:41:08 | More by barleywinefiend
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The place was hoppin! A weekend night during the holidays. .
We experienced a small wait at the door, where 2 out of the 3 employees I encountered were very pleasant (the third wasn't having any of it!)
They put us in a table too close to a set of stairs, which turns out is where the staff took their breaks. A lot of unnecessary bumping and moving of my chair during my meal...hhharumphhh!!! The place was also VERY NOISY.
We had decent service, nothing to write home about but also nothing to bitch about. Keep the beer full, but neglected the H2O glass all meal.
The food was pretty good, and very reasonably priced. Portions were good and the kitchen accommodated the wife's menu rewrites without exacting revenge by burning something (you would be surprised!) Everyone in our group got something different. All served tasty and hot!
My group tried everything. They had a decent selection of house beers but nothing that I would go out of my way to buy and bring back to MI with me.
I hear the music scene can be pretty fun, and it from the info on their website, it looks like a great mix of music, but again, I can only imagine how loud it must get with the addition of musician volume control ego syndrome!
If I lived in Bellingham, this would probably be my stomping grounds. This is a good place in a surprisingly bad beer town.
01-09-2009 15:32:38 | More by gboyd
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA
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