San Juan Cruises, out of Bellingham, has teamed up with Boundary Bay Brewing to offer a series of Thursday night beer cruises on Bellingham Bay. Each Thursday in August you can hop aboard the Victoria Star for an evening of beer tasting on the bay featuring beers from Boundary Bay and other local breweries. The first event happened last Thursday and featured beers from Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery and Kulshan Brewery. No kiddies – these cruises are for grownups only (21+).
Upcoming cruises feature beers and representatives from Scuttlebutt Brewing, Big Time Brewery, Diamond Knot Brewing, Schooner Exact Brewing, Port Townsend Brewing and Skagit Brewing. See details about upcoming cruises below.
We just heard from Ed Bennett of Boundary Bay Brewery and he says that the first cruise was a blast. “Our first Brew Cruise sold out and was a huge success. Some people had such a great time that they signed up for the next Brew Cruise! Our next Brew Cruise will feature Boundary Bay Brewery, Big Time Brewery (Drew and Debbie) and Scuttlebutt Brewery (Phil and Scuttle).”
Each week Boundary Bay Brewery will serve a variety of their award-winning beers, along with two other Northwest breweries serving up their best brews. Snacks that complement the beers are available during the cruise.
Ticket price is $30, which includes tastings of 3 different beers from each brewery and snacks.
The cruises will sell out quickly – you can reserve online, or by calling 1-800-443-4552 or (360) 738-8099.
We will be offering these cruises on the following Thursdays:
August 9 – Boundary Bay Brewery / Scuttlebutt Brewery – Launched in 1996, this Everett based brewery has a product line that includes more than 17 styles of hand crafted ales. / Big Time Brewery – A classic American alehouse brewing their award winning beer on-site – a Seattle “U-District” tradition since 1988.
August 16 – Boundary Bay Brewery / Diamond Knot Brewery -a craft brewery and operator of alehouses that is based in Mukilteo, Washington, which the Seattle Times said is “widely regarded as producing some of the best, most innovative beers in the region”. / Schooner EXACT Brewing Company – Started in 2006, this Seattle based brewery (based in the SODO district) currently produces 13 varieties of beer, sold throughout the I-5 corridor.
August 23 – Boundary Bay Brewery / Anacortes Brewery – Their brewers focus on high quality ingredients, a carefully controlled process and delicate handling to provide one of the best beers in the industry. / Port Townsend Brewery – Since their start in 1997, when they offered only two beers to customers, the Port Townsend Pale Ale and The Port Townsend Brown Porter, they’ve grown to brew over 10 ales today.
August 30 – Boundary Bay Brewery / Skagit River Brewery – Located in Mt. Vernon, this brewery/pub/restaurant is known for their excellent selection of beers (especially their Skagit “Steelie” Brown Ale and Dutch Girl Lager), and the delicious food served in their restaurant. (1 more brewery TBA soon)
Depart from the Alaska Ferry Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat leaves at 6:30 pm – please check in about 30 minutes prior to pick up your tickets.