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Brew Corner: New Ski to Sea Race Day IPA

Some annual traditions are adventures. Such as the Bellingham-based annual Ski to Sea Race held this upcoming Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 27th.

Ski to Sea is the original multi-sport team relay race, run each year since 1973. It’s a seven-sport relay that covers 93 miles from Mt. Baker and finishes in Bellingham Bay. The route showcases the diverse natural beauty and highlights local outdoor recreational opportunities. Each team of 3-8 racers finishes at Bellingham’s scenic Marine Park, just down the hill from the Historical Fairhaven Festival, an all-day street party. Ski to Sea is owned and operated by the non-profit organization Whatcom Events and a network of 1,000 local volunteers.

Do you have athletic, adventuresome friends or coworkers? Want to enter? Read up on the rules and rally your team mates – Ski to Sea accepts teams until Wednesday, May 23rd.

Spectators and racers often say their favorite parts of Ski to Sea is the camaraderie and community. From organizing a team to training, racing, and trading stories at the finish line beer garden, Ski to Sea is all about teamwork. Whether your competing or cheer leading, raise a glass (or a can) to celebrate this tradition with a fresh six-pack of Boundary Bay Brewery’s Ski to Sea Race Day IPA, now on sale for $9.99 each.

Ski to Sea Race Day India Pale Ale

Boundary Bay Brewery of Bellingham, WA – 6% alcohol by volume / 55 IBU

Malts: Skagit Valley ‘Pilot” / Pale 2-Row / Munich / Wheat /Honey Malt / Vienna

Hops: Cascade / Centennial / Citra®

Boundary Bay’s newest recipe is brewed in the spirit of team work. Race Day IPA is made from a delicate combination of barley malts, including locally grown and milled Skagit Valley ‘Pilot’, water from local Lake Whatcom Watershed and Pacific Northwest grown hops.

This beer has a tropical, crisp flavor with hints of grapefruit peel, meyer Lemon and toasted biscuit. Balanced, yet light-bodied, Race Day IPA makes a refreshing match for casual street food like sandwiches, nachos, or pizza. It also compliments the rich, roasted flavors of BBQ and can help tame the heat of spicy dishes. And don’t forget dessert – this juicy yet moderately hoppy IPA compliments the sweetness of caramel, ginger and milk chocolate flavored treats.

Pair it with: Coconut Curry Cod and Veggies / Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls / Potato Lasagna

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.