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What’s Sasquatch sippin‘ on these days? Well, if our mysterious and furry friend is anything like us, they’ve got no shortage of options! From coffee to cocktails to kombucha, follow along on social media to find Sasquatch at locations throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County that offer delectable summer refreshments and find out how you can Drink Local First at home, too.



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11 ways to drink local first this summer

After all your activities in the sunshine, you’re probably feeling a little… thirsty! Sasquatch certainly is after they spent the morning tromping through the secret forests in the Mount Baker Wilderness. Post-hike, Sasquatch heads to one of the many spots throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County that offer delectable summer refreshments. From cocktails to coffee – we’ve rounded up 11 of Sasquatch’s favorite local drinks you need to try this summer.  


Summer Spritz

🎟 4 oz. Bright & Sunny Ginger Beer
🍊2 oz. fresh orange juice
➡️ Pour into an ice-filled large wine or rocks glass. Gently stir and garnish with an orange slice.

😋 Add 1/2 oz. orange-flavored triple sec liqueur

🤩 Add 2 oz. tequila

Photo and recipe courtesy of Bright & Sunny Ginger Beer

Old Town Berry Iced Tea

Start with 1 bag per cup of Flying Bird Botanicals tea you’d like to make. This recipe uses Old Town Berry.

✨Bring fresh water to a boil.
✨Pour over the top of tea bags in proportion to how many bags you chose.
✨For example, to make 1 quart of iced tea, put 4 tea bags in a quart jar and fill with hot water. Let this steep for 10 minutes or longer.
✨For those with a sweeter too, and a drop or two of local honey or your favorite sweetener. Fill your favorite summer glass with ice.
✨Pour tea over ice, and enjoy!

Photos and recipe courtesy of Flying Bird Botanicals

Sasquatch loves local drinks in the summer!

Celebrate with Local Beer & Cider

Add to your summer adventures with Tap Trail – your passport to amazing local beers, ciders, breweries and tap houses!

U-Pick Bonus!

Headed out to a U-pick farm?  Use your Think Local First Gift Card to grab a cold beer, cider, or refreshing drink to cool off! One of Sasquatch’s Favorites is to swing by Beach Cat Brewing after stocking up on local goods at Home Farm UPick , Pleasant Valley Dairy, and Capp and Tracy’s Garden.  Check out the full farm map at for even more ideas!

Plastic Free July

Ditch the plastic six pack rings and join the Plastics Free July movement by getting growler refills with your Think Local First Gift Card. Sasquatch has gathered a list of 11 local businesses that accept Think Local First gift cards AND offer growler refills. Win-Win-Win!

Recipes to help you Drink Local First at home

When you you find yourself with berries bursting out of every bowl on your counter

The *royal wedding* of sweet and savory. Full of spirit (but alcohol-free!)

Tomatoes nestle in among spicy peppers, fresh greens, and ruby-hued beets.



Gin and Tonic Cucumber Cooler

Cucumbers are summer classics and lucky for us, local farmers have plenty to share

Uses ingredients that might otherwise head to the compost or even the *gasp* trash

Don’t forget the caffeine!

Join the Plastic Free July movement and bring your reusable mugs to these locations where you can use your Think Local First Gift Card to fuel up on java and more:


Show your local love

Show your love of local with a custom “Think Local First” or “Drink Local Frist” tee, tank, or sweatshirt. Suuuuper soft cotton-polyester blended fabrics are sure to keep you comfortable and stylish this summer! Don’t need another tee shirt, but still want to support local? Consider a Think Local Frist donation, gift card, or browse our online directory of locally owned businesses before running to that big box store or ordering from an online giant. If you’re looking for other ideas, here’s how you can show solidarity with local businesses right now!

Whatcom County’s Think Local First eGift Card has many of your favorite retailers, restaurants, services and entertainment in one place. Use the Think Local First gift card at any participating location in Whatcom County — there is truly something for everyone!

How does it work? Choose your recipient and send your gift card via email or text message. The recipient can use it to make purchases at participating businesses.

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