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Latest Oregon Coast Brews News: Pelican Wins in Germany, New Beer

Published 12/04/2016 at 4:23 PM PDT - Updated 12/04/2016 at 4:53 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Latest in Oregon Coast Brewing: New Beer, Pelican Wins in Germany

(Oregon Coast) – Two of the Oregon coast's most prominent microbrew hotspots are making their mark again. One picks up some high honors in an international beer competition, while another literally has a new stocking stuffer in the form of a tasty brew.

The latest entry into the Oregon coast brewing game is Public Coast in Cannon Beach. They have released a new brew called Stocking Stuffer Stout. It's brewed with fancy dark chocolate and essence of orange. Owners say the creamy stout is like one of those holiday stocking candy oranges in a glass.

Public Coast Brewing Co. opened in June, 2016, joining the world-famous Stephanie Inn, Surfsand Resort and Wayfarer Restaurant under the Martin Hospitality masthead. The brewery is located at  264 Third Street, Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-0285 www.publiccoastbrewing.com Winter hours are Thursday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Last month, Pacific City's Pelican Brewing Company received a Gold medal for its popular flagship brew Kiwanda Cream Ale in the prestigious European Beer Star competition at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany. The brewery also earned two Bronze medals for its new Beak Breaker Imperial India Pale Ale and MacPelican’s Wee Heavy Ale.

With 2,103 beer entries from 44 countries, the competition for one of the most sought-after prizes in the international brewing world received a record number of entries, which brings a special sense of pride to the brewers on the Oregon coast.

"This year it has been more difficult than ever to win a medal in the European Beer Star," said Oliver Dawid, CEO of Private Brauereien Bayern, which has been organizing this competition since 2003.

Pelican’s top-selling beer Kiwanda Cream Ale won the Gold medal in the English-style Golden Ale/Summer Ale category, the new Beak Breaker captured bronze for Imperial India Pale Ale as did MacPelican’s Wee Heavy for the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy category. The competition and medal is the first for Pelican’s recently released Double IPA Beak Breaker.

Pelican's founding brewmaster Darron Welch was extremely pleased.

"Germany’s rich history with brewing and drinking beer is well-known worldwide, so to take home hardware from some of the most notable experts in the brewing industry is a distinct honor for Pelican. It truly underscores the international popularity of this pre-prohibition classic - crafted with fresh Pacific NW ingredients - to take home top recognition from this prestigious German competition.“

Gold medal winner Kiwanda Cream Ale is made of all local, hand-sourced ingredients. This pale gold has a fruity, floral hop aroma, golden color, refreshing body and clean, snappy finish. Two-row malt, flaked barley, Mt. Hood hops, CaraPils malt, pure local water and pure ale yeast combine to make it Kiwanda Pelican’s flagship and fastest selling brew.

Bronze medal winner Beak Breaker is Pelican’s newest double IPA with ingredients that include pale ale malt, two-row malt, white cane sugar, Magnum hops, Centennial hops, Citra hops, Mosaic hops and ale yeast for a beak breaking drinking experience. Beak Breaker offers:

Pelican’s other Bronze win is MacPelican’s Wee Heavy the brewery‘s interpretation of the “Wee Heavy” Scotch Ale style - literally a batch of MacPelican’s Scottish Ale brewed with half the water and twice the boiling time to create a beer with a massive malty flavor and a deep red color. The aroma hints of rich caramel, cocoa, toffee and dark fruit, with a full-bodied mouth feel and a velvety sweet, slightly dry finish. Pelican calls it a robust beer with a dangerous, drinkable smoothness.

Only one gold, one silver and one bronze medal were awarded in each of the 57 different beer categories. The competition is aimed at breweries from around the world which feel committed to the traditional European style of brewing.

The European Beer Star enjoys a prestigious international reputation with a strong jury of 124 experts, who assess the beers in a blind tasting according to the same purely sensory criteria as the consumer: color, smell, flavor, aromatic profile and overall impression. This year, the jury included master brewers, beer sommeliers and acknowledged beer connoisseurs from 30 countries. The European Beer Star Award is given to particularly authentic beers with lots of character, which impress the jury in terms of both flavour and quality and which best meet the criteria for the type of beer. 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive. Pacific City, Oregon. 503-965-7007. www.pelicanbrewery.com. Where to stay in these areas - Where to eat - Maps and Virtual Tours


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