Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Boundary Bay Brewery & BistroBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
BA SCORE
65.2%
Liked Their Beers
3.67 w/ 879 ratings
Boundary Bay Brewery & BistroBoundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1107 Railroad Ave.
Bellingham, Washington, 98227
United States

(360) 647-5593 | map
bbaybrewery.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
68
Reviews:
402
Ratings:
879
Liked:
573
Average:
3.67/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
86.2%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
65
Liked:
56
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
9.58%
 
 
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Vibe — A bustling and busy space with nice tall ceilings and a small main bar area that peers into the brewing space. Nice and warm, always packed. Nice outdoor seating in the warmer months.

Quality — Always high quality, though the beers may not be earth shattering, they are always well made and tasty.

Service — Usually quite good, sometimes not so much, a bit inconsistent, but overall it is good, quick and attentive.

Selection — Limited taps and often times there is something on Randal and something on Cask, can usually find something new, but can always find an old favorite.

Food — Pretty limited menu, but I have never had a dish I didn't like, the Turkey Dip is a go to, and the salads are always great.

Overall — A great place for an original craft beer and good food. We go multiple times a month.

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Photo of Brandonparrent
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Boundary Bay has long been a staple in the NW craft beer community and even after all these years they're still on their game. Most of their offerings are very good, and the food is consistently good as well. Plus, there's usually a few offerings on cask. All of this coupled with great service make this a must visit when in Bellingham.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

I like the vibe of this brewpub. Lots of energy, friendly servers, great menu and food, and a good beer selection.

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Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Donkster46
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of soccerbrew
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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 ...

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mabermud
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This local Bellingham pub epitomizes the Bellingham culture. Down to Earth, natural, somewhat artsy, and laid back. They serve a solid IPA. For me, it is especially tasty on cask. This is one of our favorite places to go in the summer for afternoon beers, plus it is very much, kid friendly. The outdoor seating/beer garden is nice, the events they have here are always fun, and it is centrally located in downtown Bellingham. Their beers are solid, the food is good, and the people are nice.

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Photo of heyealex
4.6/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

They have a great brewpub. The beer isn't the best I've had, but I've been spoiled over the years. Overall, its great quality, the Cascadian Dark is one of my favorites. The food is the best I've had at a brewpub, try the yam enchiladas, I thought it sounded crazy at first, but they are amazing. The staff is incredibly helpful and fun to be around, especially after a few pints. Very much recommended if you find yourself in Bellingham.

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Photo of staceya2
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jellikit
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Great Beer! Fish Tacos are a great choice to pair with their excellent IPA. The Barleywineish is a great choice. Also they were pouring a single-hop Amarillo that was out of this world. I have been enjoying this brewery for years and will continue to frequent Bb when I make it to a Bellingham. Great location.

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Photo of Gaffattack
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Loved it here. My first time was today. Service was great, although there wasn't as many beers to choose from than I thought. The tap house section of the brewery looked neat too with the option for the love music. I enjoyed the platter I had and I'm not much of an IPA guy but none of them weren't too bad. I was happy to see the hockey game on at the bar. I live up north, I want to watch hockey not football. Ill definitely be coming back after my deployment. I'm moving to fairhaven so ill be enjoying this place for years to come.

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Photo of stokeliosis
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of denverick
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of PhillipNordwall
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of vbre23
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Always visit Boundary Bay when we go to Bellingham. Great atmosphere but gave it an OK only because it was always too crowded when I went there. They need to expand. Otherwise I could rate it higher. The servers busted their tails to get the beer out so I say great service! My favorite beer is the Imperial IPA. Be ready for it! IBU's are up there! Great place!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

It definitely helps that it's a beautiful day, but walking up to the brewery with the view of the bay is stunning on a day like this.
Greeted by hop vines growing just inside a fenced off area next to the entrance, the seating is open and airy. It probably could get kind of stuffy during the winter when it's socked in, but on a bright sunny day like this it's airy and open.
Really friendly staff everytime I've come in, whether just to pick up some bottles or to eat. Even when it's super busy they are good about communicating that fact and keeping things moving.
Delicious food, handmade using local ingedients for the most part... priced about on par with standard stuff of the type.

Wholeheartedly recommend stopping in anytime you're in Bellingham, or northewest washington in general for that matter

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Photo of SecondStage1983
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA
Brewery rating: 65.2% out of 100 with 879 ratings
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