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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.

 

         

Relaxing with the Chuckanut Reader from Village Books

Sasquatch loves his local drinks in the summer!

Celebrate with Local Beer & Cider

Tap Trail

Add to your Summer adventures with Tap Trail! Grab a new July map, carry it wherever you go, and make sure to get a stamp at each of the locations shown. Once you have at least 4 stamps, head to one of the reward redemption locations and trade your stamps for some Tap Trail prizes! Pick up a Tap Trail map and passport at any of the locations in the passport program.

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 eatlocalfirst.org 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 from the Tap Trail that accept Think Local First gift cards AND offer growler refills. Win-Win-Win!

14 local drinks you need to try

After all your activities in the sunshine, you’re probably feeling a little… thirsty! Sasquatch certainly is, after they’ve spent the morning tromping through their 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 14 of Sasquatch’s favorite local drinks you need to try this summer.  

 

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.

 

 

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 are 7 things you can do to support 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. Thanks to the generosity of the Whatcom Community Foundation, purchasing fees are waived!

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Learn how you can support Whatcom County local businesses. Follow Sustainable Connections on Facebook and Instagram for more ideas.

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It's a #drinklocalfirst giveaway! We've been so inspired (and super excited - clearly!) by all the incredible local drinks that Whatcom County has to offer, and we want you to be able to enjoy all that our community has to offer! That's why we're giving away a Think Local First gift card to use at your favorite local watering hole.

Entering is easy! Simply:
1. Post a photo of a local drink or a drink you've made at home with local ingredients.
2. Tag us @sustainableconnections and use the hashtag #drinklocalfirst!

That's it! We'll select a random winner to receive a Think Local First gift card on July 30, which can be used at participating businesses. Head to thinklocalfirst.org to find local drink and recipe inspiration!

#DrinkLocalFirst #ThinkLocalFirst #EatLocalFirst #PlasticFreeJuly #Shoplikesquatch #DrinkLikeSquatch #summercocktails
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We've been so inspired (and excited... clearly!) as we taste the very best local beverages that Whatcom County has to offer! That's we want to share the #drinklocalfirst love by hosting a GIVEAWAY!

To win a Think Local First gift card to use at your favorite local establishments, simply:

1. Post a photo of your favorite local drink, or one you make at home using local ingredients.
2. Tag us @sustainableconnections and use the hashtag #drinklocalfirst

That's it! We'll choose a random winner at the end of July. Until then, keep celebrating summer and #drinklocalfirst!

#DrinkLocalFirst #ThinkLocalFirst #EatLocalFirst #PlasticFreeJuly #Shoplikesquatch #DrinkLikeSquatch
#summercocktails
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On a Passing Cloud

Had a lovely coffee date at cambercoffee this morning. On a Passing Cloud is a shaken chilled mix of espresso, oak milk, maple, cinnamon, and orange oil. Super tasty with a slice of lemon olive oil cake!!

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#mixology #mixologist #cocktail #craftdrinks #craftcocktails #craftmocktails #cocktailrecipes #mocktailrecipes #drinkart
#imbibe
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Marketing at the market… Wednesday @ the waterfront bhamfarmersmkt from 4-7pm.

#atwood #farmbrewery #brewedinabarn #blainebythesea #northofthenooksack #bellinghambeer #wabeer #craftbeer #drinklocalfirst #farmersmarket #bellingham #portofbellingham
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