Pelican Brewing's Captain of the Coast & Father of All Tsunamis, and Beak Bender Hoppinated IPA all take home medals from this year's Brussels Beer Challenge.

Press Release

Pacific City, Oregon (November 20, 2018)—A toast to Belgian beer accolades! Pelican Brewing Company has received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Brussels Beer Challenge. The international beer competition in Belgium provides a unique opportunity for beer producers to compete with the best international and Belgian brewers.

Pelican dominated the barrel-aged catetory taking Gold for Captain of the Coast in the wood/barrel-aged less than 10 ABV, and Silver for Father of All Tsunamis for wood/barrel-aged higher than 10 ABV. Both Captain and Father were recently awarded Gold medals earlier this year at the Australian International Beer Awards. With the incredible success of its first barrel-aged barleywine, Mother of All Storms, Pelican expanded its series in 2016 with quarterly creations to delight fellow fanatics.

Pelican’s popular Beak Bender Hoppinated IPA takes its first medal ever with a Gold in the Pacific IPA category. And the brewery’s flagship multi-award-winning, Kiwanda Cream Ale, scores yet another medal—a Bronze in the Kölsch division.

Over three days, 90 international judges renowned for their beer tasting expertise convened in the historic brewery ‘Lamot’ in the historic center of Mechelen. Over 1,600 beers from across the globe were grouped by origin, style and typicity before being assessed by the panel of judges. After the three-day selection process, the finest beers were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for each category. This international competition gives all beer producers a unique benchmarking opportunity and brings them face to face with the finest brews on the planet.

image supplied by Pelican Brewing Company

image supplied by Pelican Brewing Company

"The variety and complexity of Belgian beers is world renowned, and for two of our barrel-aged beers to be recognized by Belgian brewers and beer experts is a rewarding honor, " says Darron Welch, founding brewmaster at Pelican Brewing Company. “I’m so proud of the staff and teamwork we have at Pelican Brewing Company.  This is such a fantastic recognition of all the hard work that everyone here at Pelican does day after day.“ 

Welch continues to be one of the most decorated brewers in the Pacific Northwest, earning well over 450 medals including several Gold Medals this year alone at the World Beer Cup, Australian International Beer Awards and North American Beer Awards.

Like all Pelican beers, these medal winners are 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!

For a list of all of Pelican’s award-winning beer, click here.

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 22nd year, the brewing company has created masterpieces like Kiwanda Cream Ale, Beak Breaker Double IPA, Sea ‘N Red Irish-Style Red Ale, Five Fin West Coast Pilsner, and Tsunami Stout. With the vision, creativity and brewing expertise of founding brewmaster Darron Welch, Pelican Brewing has won over 450 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, Utah, and Hawaii. The company operates brewing and brewpub facilities in Pacific City, Tillamook and Cannon Beach.

For more information, visit Pelican Brewing Company.