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Co-op Brew Corner: Local Ski to Sea ESB

Each year, Boundary Bay brews a special English-style pale ale: Ski to Sea E(xtra)S(pecial)B(itter), to celebrate Bellingham’s biggest annual race: Ski to Sea. This year’s beer release is unique: it’s brewed with a variety of malts – including the hyper-local Skagit Valley Copeland and “Club” – as well as imported UK Fuggle hops. Visit our Co-op Brew Corner now to discover this tasty ale, as well as other local seasonal offerings.

  • Ski to Sea ESB ~ Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA ~ 5.9% alcohol by volume ~ 45 IBU ~ $9.99 per 6pk ~ An annual classic, Boundary Bay brews this dry English Bitter ale to commemorate the Ski to Sea marathon. Each Spring, hundreds gather in Bellingham to participate in an adventure race, team relay from the Mt. Baker Ski Area to Bellingham Bay. The bright, copper-color of this ESB reflects a rich blend of local and continental malts. Ski to Sea ESB is dry-hopped with UK Fuggles for additional biscuity, earthy, floral notes.

First run in 1973, the Ski to Sea is the original adventure race, a team relay from the Mt. Baker Ski Area to Bellingham Bay, held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. A 2017 Ski to Sea team consists of eight racers competing in seven different sports: Cross Country Ski, Downhill Ski/Snowboard, Running, Road Bike, Canoe (2 paddlers), Cyclocross Bike, and Sea Kayak. Together with the Historic Fairhaven Festival, Ski to Sea is the largest one-day event in Whatcom County and Bellingham, drawing racers, spectators, and tourists from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and around the world. Benefits from the race are donated back to local 501(c)(3) charitable beneficiaries.

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.