Bellingham's Boundary Bay Brewery begins expansion project

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 20, 2014 

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Boundary Bay Brewery's Adam Lent, left, Wayne Ripley of Ripley Stainless of Summerland, B.C., and Boundary's Jake Short raise one of three new 60 barrel fermentation tanks in the new expanded brewing facility at the brewery in Bellingham, Thursday morning, March 20, 2014. The new tanks should be online sometime in May.

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BELLINGHAM - After operating at capacity for years, Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro is finally moving forward with expansion plans.

Three large tanks were being installed Thursday, March 20, in a 4,000-square-foot space next to the brewery, on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Maple Street. Once the new tanks are in operation, production should increase by about 30 percent, said Janet Lightner, general manager at Boundary Bay.

The plan is to expand the company's market area with its current selection of brews, but the expansion also will free things up to allow the brewery to create some new beers, she said.

Boundary has had its eye on expansion for a couple of years, but it was delayed because of the high demand for these tanks. Now that they have arrived, the increased production should start happening sometime before Ski to Sea weekend at the end of May.

The brewery is also making some changes to benefit customers. The plan is to open a small beer garden on the south side of the facility, near Maple Street. It won't have band performances like the beer garden on the north side; instead it will be more of a quiet area for customers to relax, Lightner said. The second beer garden should be ready before Memorial Day weekend.

Also on tap is a Ski-to-Sea beer, an ESB brand that will be in 12-ounce cans. Boundary's most recent foray into canned beer, the Irish Red for St. Patrick's Day, was well-received, Lightner said.

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