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Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro
Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 547
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1107 Railroad Ave.
phone: (360) 647-5593
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
So I've gone a couple times with different experiences each time. I've tried 7-8 of their beers and they were all at least decent. The scotch ale is better than the highland scotch ale, and their oatmeal imperial stout smells a little bit like wet dog, but other than those comments, the only thing I can say about their beer is: very good! The service has been good every time I've gone, with the servers noticing every time I was ready for a new beer. The atmosphere has been pleasant with nice seating and good lighting. Two times I went I ordered a pizza, and each time it had a very different crust. The first was big and fluffy and just how i like it, similar to pizza port in some ways. The second time was flat and not like pizza dough, but like flat bread. Both tasted good, but I definitely prefer the fluffy ones.
06-13-2008 04:48:33 |
More by dbalsock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Just visited this place today. Atmosphere is relaxed and informal. I had a lovely, smoked salmon pizza here for under 10 dollars. 6 Regular and 3 seasonals on tap when I visited. Kind of a hippie-rustic sort of appeal if you like that kind of stuff. There was a fairly large indoor restaurant as well as an outdoor patio area and a Jazz band playing.
Beers, I found were maybe on the happy side of average. My favorite was the scotch ale, which I found quite good, as well as the blond. Lots of detail on the menu itself for interested parties, including OG and hop and malt varieties used.
05-19-2008 04:41:33 |
More by allergictomacros
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
No disrespect to the many outstanding places on the East Coast, but this place pretty much typifies why I'll always lean to the left when it comes to great beer establishments in th U.S.
The atmosphere of this place is drop dead NW. It has a completely laid back, nothing pretentious feel to it. Although the beer here is clearly world class, the atmosphere is unassuming, ho-hum, go with the flow West Coast. The crowd here really says it all. On this particular Monday afternoon there were families, young hipsters, and old farts like myself hanging out, relaxing, and just having a mellow time hanging out with friends and having a good time. As one enters the brewpub one sees off to the left a medium size bar with around 10 bar stools. There are some rickety old tables and chairs, high ceilings, and left over sails adorning the walls. The furnishings are pretty stark and are nothing fancy, giving the brewpub a minimalist, easy going, nothing pretentious vibe.
The quality of the beers here is off the charts. The regular line-up is stellar, with even the blond and amber worth a try. The imperial oatmeal stout is world class, and the seasonals... sigh. The dunkel bock was pretty much the best I've tasted in the U.S., and the Old Bounder barleywine and imperial IPA just fabulous. My test for outstanding DIPA's is that they have to be so hoppy that they wear my ass out, almost causing indigestion because of the excessive hoppiness and richness. The DIPA here more then meets that test.
The service here is the type of service that is so good it's hard to describe. This is a regular's bar, with most of the customers making this place their home away from home. The cute young bartender, at least on the day I was here, treated everyone accordingly. She seemed to know everyone by name, gave everyone a well deserved ration of shit, and then treated them like they were visiting relatives. She was friendly but polite, familiar but considerate.
As for the selection, the day I was here they had some 9 different beers on tap. Everything was pretty outstanding, though of course some things were better then others. The IPA and scotch ale were no better then fair, but pretty much everything else was outstanding.
This is the sort of place I only wish my friends on the East Coast could visit. At least from my experience so far, there is nothing quite like this on the East Coast, as it completely epitomizes the NW experience. There are plenty of fabulous places here on the East Coast, but there is NOTHING like Boundary Bay. This place is an absolute diamond in the rough; a complete gem. What I wouldn't give to have a place like this in Baltimore....
04-08-2008 04:26:01 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went down to Bellingham to visit a friend of mine, luckily he lives about 15 minutes walk from the brewery. Atmosphere is a mix of tourists and locals, pretty neat. Big merch area right as you walk in, including a fridge full of bombers to take out. We went and sat at the bar, friendly and knowledgable enough bartender, nice wooden bar, wooden tables, miscellaneous water related items hanging around the bar. I think they had about 11-12 taps, all BB. I had three beers, which were all pretty solid to excellent. The menu is pretty varied and the lamb burger I had was quite nice. I found the prices to be pretty competitive and very reasonable. Very good place, have wanted to go for a while and will definitely go again next time I'm out this way.
02-25-2008 04:38:14 |
More by Viggo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
okay, full disclosure. as a resident 'hamster this is my local so i am not completely neutural. the beer is excellent. the inside passage ale (ipa) is probably the best seller. ten taps include six or seven regular choices and three or four seasonals. try the latest in the single hop series. they make a pale ale with the same malt bill and only one type of hop. each time they make it they use a different variety of hop. the cabin fever winter ale is my favorite beer of the year here. the place is always busy so bring your patience. when the weather is good the beer garden is the way to go.
09-26-2007 09:37:05 |
More by beertunes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Boundary Bay is a must for any one interested in Washington breweries. Its a small place but if you know good beer youll want to go to the effort to try this beer. Its hidden in downtown Bellingham but its not too hard to find. The brewery it self is a fairly large building for such a small beer but it gives them a great place for a good restaurant. The decor is nautical with lofty ceilings and open spaces. The food is great. They have a wide selection of your standard brew house favorites. The people are friendly and the service is nice but dont be in a hurry because the whole city runs at its own pace and this brewery is no exception. Its a relaxed atmosphere and family friendly so if youre a student at Western Washington University this is a great place to take your parents when they are in town. Brewery tours are available by appointment so call ahead and book one. In all if you want to visit a brewery when you in northern Washington you wont be disappointed if you head here.
05-29-2007 03:32:02 |
More by eballard
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Decent joint in downtown Bellingham. Nice decor, although the size of the building can make it seem a little spares at times. The white walls don't help. The place was decked out for Christmas, which was a nice touch. That it is non-smoking/all ages is a definite plus.
Service lost some points due to speed. They were friendly enough, but almost painfully slow. It wasn't busy when we got there, although it had picked up quite a bit at the end. Only one server was on, so I can't really blame her.
Good selection of food, almost a something for everyone place. The food itself was quite good. I've had better, but not often.
Wish i could have tried more of their beers.
12-21-2006 08:39:17 |
More by BDTyre
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Was headed up to Bellingham to visit a friend, and decided we should eat at Boundary Bay, having never been there.
Sails drape from the ceiling, light fixtures poking through. Live music outside, wooden tables, and a kitchen entrance right next to the bar, facing the main floor, lead to a relaxed, somewhat noisy atmosphere.
Our waitress was kept very busy, but never failed to check in on us, and keep our food and drinks coming. As soon as a glass was half empty, it was refilled. The empty glasses from our beer sampler platter were cleared almost as soon as we set them down.
We had a plate of nachos to start, and then dove into some lamburgers, which are served on a toasted roll. We had blue cheese added, and it was one of the best burgers I've had.
Of the sampler platter, the Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Scotch Ale, and IPA really stood out. Unfortunately, they were sold out of bottles of the IOS, not surprisingly.
The sampler platter and the burger came to $16 after tax, so it's not dirt cheap, but for the money you really can't beat the food.
09-15-2006 21:57:36 |
More by waldowin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
years ago i had a dinner party here, got the sampler set, loved it. i remember it well, because i had already been going to WWU (about 10 blocks away) for a year, but just discovered this place. i was surprised and impressed that a place like this exists, where you can get good food and great beer in a cool, relaxed atmosphere.
last week i took the family on a little trip up to victoria. from there we took the ferry over to vancouver, stopped in B'ham for a short visit on the way back to seattle. we didn't have much time, so i went to boundary bay just to check it out and buy some bottles to take home. the place had obviously been remodeled. there is a big outdoor dining area i don't remember, and the basic layout is different, expanded i think.
i spent some time looking at the t-shirts and sweatshirts for sale, eventually made my way to the bar. i told the bartender i wanted to buy some bottles, and she said all they had was the ESB and the scotch style ale. while i was waiting for her to get some bottles for me, i asked for a sample of the 2003 bounder. WOW. that was one of the most flavorful beers i tasted on my whole 2-week trip, wish i could have had more. i have yet to enter my reviews for the beers, from notes. the ESB was pretty good, i really liked the scotch style ale though it doesn't compare to the awesome fat bastard.
the reason i docked some points for service is that after i walked in, i wandered around for nearly 5 minutes checking out the place and nobody said a word. they looked a little busy with a little late lunch rush, but everybody saw me looking around like it was my first time there and they ignored me. even when i went to the bar, it took a few minutes for the bartender to even notice me, but there were only about 3 guys at the bar. this was a little annoying at first, but then she was nice, helpful and quick. wish i could've tried all they had to offer, but i had to drive. next time i'll stay in town and walk as it's conveniently located downtown.
08-20-2006 08:24:00 |
More by davidchollar
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I had dinner and a few beers here several years ago when on a sailing trip to the San Juans, but this was my first opportunity to really sit, enjoy, and review this pub. Its located in downtown Bellingham, very accessible on Railroad Street. Decent space. It looks like it might have been a converted garage, as I sat in the bar area, and there is a large garage door on the front wall. Rustic styling with lots of regional decorations, and some sports goods (bikes, skis, etc) hanging from the ceiling.
Nice friendly staff with prompt service. I like the people here. Primarily locals. Workers, professionals, and college students. Fleece and blue jeans are the attire here, not the dress clothes I had on (I was on my way back from a business meeting in Vancouver), I like the laid back atmosphere.
Nice selection of beer. About 8 on tap including a seasonal winter warmer, and several regulars. All the beers were obviously very fresh, and pretty tasty. Their IPA is exceptional.
Nice selection of food. Plenty of salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta, fresh seafood, and pizzas. The Thai wrap I had came with a side salad. It was a tasty, light dinner, and was perfect with the hoppy beers I was enjoying. Prices are reasonable, not cheap, but under control.
All together a great place. Worth a stop if you are in the most northern city in the mainland US.
01-15-2006 21:00:18 |
More by carln26
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA
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