Pacific City, Oregon ... Pelican Brewing Company landed two silver medals last weekend at the Best of Craft Beer Awards held in Bend, Oregon. The awards event, which is now the third largest beer competition in the nation, pays homage to the best in craft brewing with nearly 80 of the finest West Coast judges awarding 245 gold, silver, and bronze medals to 152 brewery locations in a total of 86 categories.
Pelican scored silver honors for:
Queen of Hearts, Saison Ale aged in Gin Barrels—wood- and barrel-aged pale to amber beer category
Kiwanda Cream Ale, Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale—golden and blonde ale category
“What a great start to 2018! Pelican Brewing is honored to be recognized along with so many great breweries,” says Darron Welch, founding brewmaster, Pelican Brewing Company. “Kiwanda remains one of our most-decorated beers, and now Queen is getting her recognition as royalty in our barrel-aged series.”
Professional brewers and judges last weekend descended upon the growing beer town of to judge over 2,000 entries in the competition. Breweries of all sizes, from nearly every state in the union, as well as Columbia, Canada, and Belgium, sent over 10,000 containers of their finest product for evaluation based on a combined 156 specific beer styles.
“We’re here to celebrate and promote the best of the best in brewing—we know how much time and effort goes into entering beers into award competitions, so we designed this unique event to benefit brewers with national exposure and automatic entry for medal winners in the following year’s competition,” says event organizer Miles Wilhelm. “We have been working with the Brewers’ Association to ensure the same judging categories and guidelines as other national competitions. Our incredible growth is testament to the valuable evaluations brewers are getting for their entries.”
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 21st 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 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.