Summer is the season when the good folks of Bellingham and Whatcom County head to the mountains, seas, and breweries to soak up some well-earned sun and good times. After a long winter and spring (we see you, La Nina), it’s time to enjoy, explore, and Drink Local First.
Sasquatch is a huge fan of all the beverages that this area crafts and creates, whether that’s the iced coffee that fuels their days in the wilderness or the perfect hazy IPA cracked open after a long day lounging on the beach.
For hydration, an extra boost of vitamins, and sheer deliciousness, Sasquatch always makes sure to stop by Refresh Juice Co. Sasquatch’s go-to order? A watermelon and young coconut juice that replenishes all those electrolytes – especially needed after mountain biking on Galbraith, one of Sasquatch’s favorite ways to spend a summer afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Refresh Juice Co.
Photo courtesy of Bright and Sunny Ginger Beer
Sasquatch has also been delighting in all the non-alcoholic beverages out there. One such favorite is a can of Hibiscus Sips Fizz, a sweet and tangy drink made by Sarah Chan of Calypso Kitchen. It’s the perfect thing to tuck into your picnic basket, and can be mixed with seltzer and syrups for mocktails galore.
You’ll always find a bottle of Bright and Sunny Ginger Beer in Sasquatch’s cooler. After all, this local brew is refreshing on a hot day, plus is rich in probiotics for some extra gut-boosting power. Sometimes, Sasquatch likes to add a slice of lime for even more zest!
Delicious fermented beverages don’t stop at ginger beer, though – Sasquatch loves the wild-fermented probiotic tonics from Junebug Ferments. Their Beet Kvass is just what Sasquatch needs to put a little pep in their step.
When Sasquatch is feeling creative and crafty in the kitchen, they love an herbal iced tea made with one of the soothing blends from Flying Bird Botanicals. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy on your back porch, or even while gardening!
Of course, when Sasquatch wants to get a little glam they head to Samson Estates Winery, where local, delicious wines abound. From sweet dessert wines to off-dry table wines, there’s something for everyone – and the beautiful location in the Nooksack Valley makes everything taste even better!
Sasquatch is seriously obsessed with the Elderberry Cider from Lost Giants Cider, made with regional berries. It’s crisp and that perfect blend of tart and sweet – and is a companion on many of Sasquatch’s summer adventures.
Photo courtesy of Atwood Farm Brewery
There are so many ways to Drink Local First this summer, and these are only eleven! All of these drinks can be purchased using a Whatcom Think Local First gift card and taken on all your adventures. And head to this page for even more delightful Drink Local First ideas – including recipes to make at home!