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I woke up to one of my favorite things, a text from someone in our craft beer community. It was from Bryan Krug, Brewer at Boundary Bay Brewery. Krug said, “I have a tasty morsel for you!” OOOO! I love morsels. He went on to describe what can only be called a match made in geographical heaven. Boundary Bay Brewery and Gruff Brewing – who are a mere 200ft from each other – are collaborating on a Bellingham Beer Week beer and it sounds like a “tasty morsel” indeed!

This announcement follows Wander’s recent announcement that they are teaming up with soon to be Bellingham brewery, Melvin Brewing, on a BBW17 beer. There will be no official BBW beer, so Bellingham is going to have many awesome beers for this year’s event! So excite!

Bryan has been kicking out some amazing beers this past year or so and we’re happy to say he’s taking his talents….across the street! Well, to be fair, the beer was brewed at Boundary Bay on Railroad. But Chris Bierman of Gruff did walk across the street and collaborate to make this happen.

Bierman (l) and Krug (r) brewing at Boundary Bay

Bryan described it to me like this

It’s about 3.7% ABV. Eukuanot lupulin powder (“Cryohops” from YCH, NZ Motueka, Mosaic, Citra. Skagit Valley Copeland and Wheat. It’s kettle soured with my house “sourpuss” culture, plus cultures from Gothberg Farms yogurt adn Breadfarm’s sourdough.

It’s quite hoppy and tart. Style would be a Sour Pale. It’s only slightly bitter though. It’s loaded with mango, passion fruit and pineapple puree.

I reached out to Bierman who said

This beer tastes amazing. I’m really stoked to work with Boundary Bay and Bryan on this one! The Lupulin powder worked amazingly well and paired well with the New Zealand moteuka hops. To top it all off it was brewing with passionfruit and mango!

So yeah that’s a mouthful from both of them, both literally and figuratively. It’ll be released on April 1st and only available on draft. Krug also dropped a pretty sweet secondary morsel, Boundary will be canning Citraweisse this summer. This will add to Boundary’s canning offerings, as they just canned a huge batch of their famous Cedar Dust IPA. Tap Trail, these are two morsels you need to get behind.

Today is full of collaboration announcements. Did you read about Wander’s collaboration with Willow’s Inn?

About Scott Pelton

Scott Pelton
I'm Co-Owner of Bellingham Tap Trail, the Sales & Marketing Guru and the Editor of the Tap Trail Website. Let's have a pint! Email me at

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