Where can I find a good brewery in Bellingham, WA

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Answered by: Steve, An Expert in the About Beer Tasting and Drinking Category
To find a good brewery in Bellingham, WA, one needs to look no further than the Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro. Boundary Bay Brewery serves a full menu of excellent food and a changing beer list that will satisfy the most discerning palate. The menu consists of dishes from several continents, from the Bavarian pretzels and fish tacos to one of the best Reuben sandwiches on the planet. While the standby's on the beer menu like their award-winning India Pale Ale and Scotch Ale can be found almost every visit, the draft pulls change regularly as the seasonal Boundary kegs roll out. For their menu and a list of what's on tap right now, visit bbaybrewery.com

Voted Best Brewery in Washington State, Best Brewpub in Washington State, and Best Scotch Ale in the Northwest for 2011 by Northwest Brewing News, locals and visitors alike make Boundary Bay their destination spot in downtown Bellingham. Always smoke-free and kid-friendly until 10 PM, it's a welcoming destination to unwind after work or the perfect place to take the family out to dinner.

What's so special about this brewery in Bellingham, you might ask? You could start with the beer garden, trestle tables, umbrellas and tarp roofs for those amazing Northwest summer evenings. If it gets too cool, you can always retire to the taproom (21 and over) and enjoy the atmosphere. Depending on the night, you may even be treated to live music. These feature performances are free, usually from local artists but even a few favorite out of towners. Boundary Bay has several weekly events that change with the seasons.

You've got great brews, outstanding food and free entertainment in a relaxed family atmosphere, what more do you need? How about support of local businesses? That's right, if Boundary Bay can buy it local they will! Their menu items support local businesses that produce cheese, hazelnuts, pretzels, artisan breads and flatbreads, shellfish and coffee. That's not a complete list, but you get the idea! The location also hosts local events year-round, from the Ski to Sea race to their Toys for Tots drive paired with the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party in December. If you're a Grinch ya gotta pay $5 at the door, but bring a toy and admission is free.

If you've read this far, in a nutshell you've gotten the answer to a good brewery in Bellingham. Like a picture is worth a thousand words, a description of a visit to Boundary Bay Brewery falls far short of the actual experience. I'd encourage you to stop by and take in the atmosphere, relax in the brew garden or dining room and enjoy one of their very special brews with a great meal. On your way out, stop by the "swag shop" and see if your favorite brew is on one of their shirts, hats or hoodies. Their motto, "Save the Ales.", has been recognized as far away as New Zealand, and who knows where you'll get stopped by a stranger because your shirt reminded them of the best meal and brew they ever had?

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