Pacific City, Oregon ... Pelican Brewing Company next month introduces Blackbird Schwarzbier, the innovative brewery’s version of the classic German black lager. The lager is the third installment in the Lone Pelican Small Batch Series created to offer limited-production beers that explore new techniques, ingredients and under-represented styles. Pelican continues to expand its line-up to include a new brew every two months adding 22 oz. bottle distribution and larger draft quantities for on-premise pours.
The newest Pelican release defies gravity with the Pelican brewers’ take on the classic German black lager known as Schwarzbier (black beer). Blackbird Lager combines Pilsner, Munich and Carafa malts and takes flight with floral, spicy Hersbrucker hop aromas soaring over cocoa-like, rounded, malt-driven flavors. An intriguing character reminiscent of hazelnuts leads to a finish that is clean and smooth. All your life, you’ve been waiting for this beer to arise. Blackbird fly:
ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 25 | PLATO: 12º
“Schwarzbier is a style of Black Lager indigenous to Germany—think of it as a German pilsner style beer with dark brown color and soft roasty malt characteristics layered into the flavor. These are beers that—while they have a rich color profile to them—are really distinct from other styles of dark beer because of a rounded flavor profile and a depth of malt flavor,” says Darron Welch, founding brewmaster at Pelican Brewing Company. “We have definitely reimagined this beer style a bit by taking it more down the path of a really dark pilsner by virtue of the hop aroma being part of profile. We think it will be a favorite.”
With consistent growth and demand for its products, Pelican recently increased brewing and bottling capacity at its Tillamook facility to over 38,000 barrels and opened a new brewpub in Cannon Beach which offers additional capacity for such experimentation.
“We are now able to utilize our smaller brewing systems at the brewpubs to offer some really interesting and sometimes rebellious takes on traditional beer styles—this one-off series really showcases the collective talent and creativity of our brewers,” says Jim Prinzing, CEO, Pelican Brewing Company. “We think Lone Pelican will have beer lovers wondering what’s next as they anticipate the next beer in the series.”
Like all Pelican beers, Blackbird is born at the beach by a team of award-winning craft beer makers known for brewing styles of beer that they themselves love to drink. Cheers!
About Pelican Brewing Company
Pelican Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by Jeff Schons and Mary Jones in Pacific City with Oregon's only oceanfront brewpub. Celebrating its 20th year, the brewing company has created masterpieces like Kiwanda Cream Ale, India Pelican Ale, MacPelican’s Scottish Ale, Tsunami Stout and Doryman’s Dark. With the vision, creativity and brewing expertise of founding brewmaster Darron Welch, Pelican Brewing has won over 300 awards including a Silver Medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, 2014 World Beer Cup© Champion Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year. Pelican Brewing currently distributes 22oz bottles, 12oz bottles in 6-packs, a new mixed 12-pack, and 50 liter and 20 liter kegs via a network of distributors in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Vermont. The company operates brewing and brewpub facilities in Pacific City, Tillamook and Cannon Beach.