The Concierge Corner - October 29, 2014

Posted: October 31, 2014

Being a Concierge, to me, is by far the most fascinating work. It’s all about top notch service for our guests and owners, as well as knowing every tiny detail about everything that is going on within my community and out. If there is something we are unsure of, we make it a point to find out everything we can about it. Whether it be something as simple as “what type of whales are those swimming out there?” to “where is the best place to eat in Depoe Bay?” We’ll give you the facts.

I often find myself asking people questions about their area when my husband and I are out and about. How much do they know about what’s going on around the area? As a Concierge, I am constantly asked “what are some things we don’t want to miss while vising the area?” and “if you were me, what would you do on a day like today?” If it were me, on a rainy day in October, I would be wine tasting. Yum.  It’s one of my newly favorite things to do in mid-Fall. I never preferred wine until some friends invited me to go. Making up my mind to go all in on this tasting business, I dove straight in and found that I really do like wine! I was a bit skeptical at first, due to the fact that past wine experiences weren’t that great. Everything that I had tasted in the past had been horrible. First stop was Archery Summit and WOW, I was amazed by the flavors and aromas and fell, quickly and undoubtedly head over heels in love with wine. That’s all it took, one taste from a superb vineyard and excellent Pinot Noir. Vowing to try all of the vineyards in the Willamette valley, I have tried 20 so far and not all on one day! A few of my favorite vineyards include Archery Summit, Sokol Blosser and Stoller, all known for their aromatic, dark, fruity flavors of black cherries, spice and oak. If you get a chance to go to any of these vineyards or some others, I highly recommend it.

If you’re in the area and stumped for ideas on what you should do, stop and say “hi” to myself, or my fellow Concierge team, Jerri, Lainie or Mitch! We would love to help.

Amy Mitchem
Operations Manager
Cottages at Cape Kiwanda

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Congratulations to the 2014 Tillamook County Homebrew Competition Winners!

Posted: August 25, 2014

We're super excited for the number of entries we received this year for the 2014 Tillamook County Homebrew Competition!

Here are the official results:

Light Lagers & Ales
1st Place: Jered Sloss, Killer Kolsch
2nd Place: Jered Sloss, Uncle Pete's Brew
3rd Place: Jered Sloss, What the Helles 

Amber and Dark Lagers
1st Place: Jered Sloss, Big Boy Bock
2nd Place: Jered Sloss, Octofest
3rd Place: Jered Sloss, Layla

Pale Ales, IPAs, Amber and Brown Ales
1st Place: Robert Kliever, Citra Pale Ale
2nd Place: Jered Sloss, Best Bitter
3rd Place: Eric Rasmussen, Hopasaurus

Stouts, Black and Strong Ales
1st Place: Charles Macluso, Parche Black Ops Imperial Stout
2nd Place: Terry Comstock, Harry Man Ale
3rd Place: Jered Sloss, Off Kilter

Belgian, Weizen and Specialty
1st Place: Mark Scheelar, Agave Apricot Ale
2nd Place: Jered Sloss, Summer Hefe
3rd Place: Jered Sloss, The Harder Cider

Jered Sloss
Killer Kolsch


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Mother of All Storms Forecasted for November 14 - 16, 2014

Posted: June 27, 2014

Mother of All Storms Arrives November 15th 

Pacific City, OR - The forecast is calling for Mother of All Storms 2014, our limited production Kentucky bourbon barrel-aged barleywine, to arrive November 15th and we're super excited! We will be offering a one and two night lodging package at The Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, and Shorepine Vacation Rentals. View lodging package details.

We hope you'll be able to join in the fun activities we have planned below.

The weekend will kickoff Friday, November 14th at 6pm with a causal and intimate 4-course Extreme Beer Brewers Dinner featuring a decadent menu and the high gravity beers to pair with it. A member of our Chef team and a Brewer will be on-hand to discuss beer, food, and beer cuisine. Extreme Beer Brewers Dinner Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling our General Manager, Ken, at 503-965-3674, or as part of our 2-night lodging package. Each dinner ticket gives you the opportunity to purchase one case of Mother of All Storms at the dinner Friday night.

Extreme Beer Dinner Menu

  • Smoked Duck Breast - Hazelnut smoked duck breast with arugula lettuce tossed in local apple cider vinaigrette, candied hazelnuts, and confit tomato. Pairing: MacPelican's Wee Heavy 
  • Winter Squash Ravioli - House made vanilla bean pasta filled with ricotta, winter squash, and herbs, tossed with sage brown butter, and topped with Rouge River Smoked Blue Cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds. Pairing: Stormwatcher's Winterfest
  • Roasted Rack of Lamb - Herb crusted local Walker Farms lamb rack with black truffle potatoes ana, wild mushroom ragout, braised greens, and house made Mother of All Storms mustard. Pairing: Bad Santa
  • Dessert: MacPelican's Wee Heavy and Oregon hazelnut baklava with candied pear ice cream, vanilla huckleberry compote, and Mother of All Storms caramel. Pairing: Mother of All Storms

NEW this year: We will open the Barrel Room at 6am on Saturday, November 15th, for our eager fans to wait out of the elements until we officially open at 8am. (There will be coffee for your enjoyment while you hang out and anticipate your first sip of Mother.)  When the clock strikes 8am, sales will open at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City for Mother's Day! We will have bottles available for $20 and full cases available for $240. We will also give out numbered tickets for the first chance to purchase vintage Mother of All Storms...we will have a limited supply of 2011, 2012, and 2013 available by the bottle. The Barrel Room will be open throughout the day with live music, food and beverage service, and vertical flights of vintage Mother of All Storms and Stormwatcher's Winterfest draft.

Also Saturday, November 15th before 8am, if you have booked a 1-night Mother's Day Lodging Package, we will deliver a case of Mother of All Storms direct to your door.

On Sunday, November 16 from 8am until 11am, we will host a Mother's Day Brunch in the banquet room. Each dish will have suggested beer pairings with some of our strong ales. Our Mother's Day Brunch will be $20 per person (no advance purchase necessary), and is also included as part of our 2-night lodging package.

And finally, just like in years past, IF any cases are still available - there will be a first come, first serve e-mail opportunity to purchase a case of Mother of All Storms sometime in December. This is highly unlikely, but just in case, if you can't participate in any of the events above, send an email to to be added to the email waiting list. We will release information at a later date should this opportunity become available.

We hope to see you for Mother's Day 2014!!!

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Pelican Brewing Co. Earns Accolades at the 2014 North American Beer Awards

Posted: June 25, 2014

Following tremendous success at the 2014 World Beer Cup, Pelican Brewing Co. took home a handful of awards at this year's North American Beer Awards hosted by the North American Brewers Association in Idaho Falls, Idaho. With over 1,400 different beverages entered into this year's competition, Pelican Brewing Company won awards in four different categories.

Among this year's wins, The Governor, a bold and refreshing lager brewed to honor former Oregon Governor Tom McCall, won the Bronze Medal in the Helles Bock/Maibock category. Governor McCall was integral in the 1960's passing of the Oregon Beach Bill, which protected Oregon's beaches and dedicated them to public access forever. This seasonal release from Pelican Brewing Co. uses locally-grown Oregon hops to create a clean brew that is likewise accessible to everyone. 

Pelican also won the Bronze Medal in the English-Style India Pale Ale beer style category for its Silverspot IPA, a mainstay in the Pelican lineup, with its brilliant gold color & assertively complex hop aroma. Silverspot IPA celebrates the Oregon Silverspot butterfly which once flourished in coastal grasslands from Washington to California. Due to habitat loss, this threatened butterfly is now found only in a handful of protected area. A collaborative habitat restoration and reintroduction program is helping to increase this butterfly population. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will help fund conservation efforts for the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly.

Claiming a Silver Medal in the Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy) category was MacPelican's Wee Heavy Ale. Also the winner of the Gold Medal in this category in 2012, Pelican's take on the Wee Heavy is simply MacPelican's 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.

Rounding out the wins for Pelican Brewing Co. was the Stormwatcher's Winterfest which won a Silver Medal in English-Style Barley Wine. Sometimes June can still feel like winter on the Oregon Coast and this barley wine offers a full-bodied malty flavor that leads to a smooth, soft & warming finish. This big 12/7% ale has claimed a medal in this category at the NABA the past three years.

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Pelican teams with Main Brew in Hillsboro to Sponsor 2014 Tillamook County Fair Home Brew Competition

Posted: June 12, 2014

2014 Tillamook County Fair Home Brew Competition

Do you have a passion for craft beer? Have you tried your hand at home brewing? Think you might have an award-winning recipe? Here’s your chance to earn bragging rights!

Pelican Brewing Company is teaming up with Main Brew in Hillsboro to sponsor the 2014 Tillamook County Fair Home Brew Competition. Let's find out if your brewing finesse can make this year's fair “A Fair to Remember!

Participation in the competition is free and entries can be dropped off at any of the following locations:
  • Pelican Pub & Brewery located at 33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive in Pacific City, Oregon
  • Pelican Brewery & Tap Room located at 1708 First Street in Tillamook, Oregon
  • Main Brew located at 23596 NW Clara Lane in Hillsboro, Oregon

Entry's must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday, July 25th. 

Must be 21 or older to enter and all entries must be produced by entrants outside of a commercial establishment.

Home Brew Registration
Entrants are limited to one entry per subcategory. An official entry shall consist of 2 full 12-oz bottles, and 1 empty nicely labeled 12 oz. bottle for display at the Tillamook County Fair. Each of the 2 full bottles must be labeled with the official entry form, securely attached with a rubber band. Any other identification must be removed from the bottles. Bottles and shipping containers will not be returned.

Judging for the Home Brew competition will be held at the Pelican Brewery & Tap Room in Tillamook, Oregon. Categories may be combined if there are not enough entries in a given style category.
Deadline for entries is Friday July 25th by 5pm. Pelican Brewing Company and Main Brew will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged entries.
Ribbons will be awarded by the Tillamook County Fair for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the judged categories. Categories may be combined depending on the number of entries received. The “Best Of Show” winner will receive the “Brewers Getaway Package”- one night stay in a Kiwanda Guest Room for two at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, a $50 gift card for the Pelican Pub & Brewery, and a chance to meet the brewers at a special behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery.
Entry forms must be completely filled out and include appropriate category and subcategory.
Download a list of Beer Style Categories.
Are you the next Tillamook County Fair Home Brew Champion? It might not have the same ring as the North American Beer Awards or Great American Beer Festival, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? In fact, Brewmaster Darron Welch got his start winning “Best of Show” at the Lane County Fair.

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New Breakfast Buffet offered at Pelican Pub & Brewery

Posted: June 11, 2014

Breakfast on your time!

We have changed to a buffet-style breakfast, served daily from 8am until 11am.

For just $9.99, start your day beach-side with a fabulous selection of your breakfast favorites!

Add a Bloody Mary, Mimosa or one of our award-winning beers to complete the start to your day!

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Pelican Brewing Co. Wins 8 Awards at Australian International Beer Awards

Posted: May 28, 2014
Austrailian International Beer Awards
G’Day Mates!  Hot on the wire is news from the 22nd Australian International Beer Awards – We are proud to announce that Pelican Brewing Company won 8 awards:
  • The Governor, Other European Lager (Best European Style Lager), Silver
  • Kiwanda Cream Ale, English Summer (Best British Style Ale), Silver
  • MacPelican’s Wee Heavy, Other Scotch Ale/Barley Wine (Best Scotch Ale/Barley Wine), Silver
  • MacPelican’s Ale, Other British Style Ale (best British Style Ale), Bronze
  • Doryman’s Dark Ale, American Style Brown (Best Amber/Dark Ale), Bronze
  • Tsunami Stout, Other Stout (Best Stout), Bronze
  • Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, Other Scotch Ale/Barley Wine (Best Scotch Ale/Barley Wine) Bronze
  • Mother of All Storms, Wood Aged (Best Speciality Beer), Bronze
The most notable win is the first Silver medal for The Governor, a Maibock-Style Lager, conceived and brewed to honor past Oregongovernor Tom McCall.  During his time as governor in the late sixties and early seventies, McCall played an instrumental role in the passing of the Oregon Beach Bill which protected Oregon’s beaches and dedicated them to public access forever. The Governor is a strong golden lager brewed in the Maibock style.  With a generous malt bill providing body and depth, and Oregon-grown Sterling hops giving a subtle floral hop character, The Governor finishes both bold and balanced.
The Austrailian International Beer Awards are presented annually by the Royal Agricultural Society (RASV) in partnership with Federation University Australia.  The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) is the largest competition of its kind in the Asia Pacific region and is renowned for celebrating beer and brewing excellence in Australia and around the world.  The AIBA provides brewers with an opportunity to benchmark their beers against international industry standards and aims to create greater consumer awareness of the quality and diversity of beer styles available in Australia and internationally.
This year, the AIBA received a record 1,560 entries from more than 294 brewers in 31 countries.  A diverse range of styles were assessed by an expert panel of 40 judges from Australia, Norway, Belgium, United States, United Kingdom, Japan and New Zealand, over a week of judging at Melbourne Showgrounds.

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Memorial Day Weekend Romantic Helicopter Getaway

Posted: May 15, 2014

Enjoy a romantic Memorial Day Weekend at the Oregon Coast!

Skip Memorial Day traffic, take a helicopter flight to Pacific City and relax in your ocean view room in this quaint little beach town. Call 971-279-0607 to make reservations.

Package includes: round trip helicopter flight from Portnad Downtown or McMinnville, 2 nights stay at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda plus optional wine tasting at a winery along the way and/or Pelican Brewery Tour. A third night can be added at an additional charge.

Amenities include: Pacific City airport shuttle, ocean view room complete with a gas fireplace and private balcony, $50 dining credit, beverage of your choice (Oregon wine, Champagne, Pelican beer, or sparkling cider) and delectable chocolates.

Promotional package price:
from Portland Downtown $1210 or from McMinnville $850*

Helicopter flights provided by Peninsula Helicopters Inc.

*Prices normally $1787.36 and $1137.36 respectively. 


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Pelican Brewing Co. Wins Awards at World Beer Cup®

Posted: April 16, 2014

Pacific City, Oregon • April 15, 2014 - Pelican Brewing Co. claimed several awards at the 2014 World Beer Cup® in Denver, Colorado, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competitions's 94 beer style categories were presented April 11, 2014 during the World Beer Cup® award ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, five "Champion" awards were presented to the top winners in these five categories: Small Brewpub, Large Brewpub, Small Brewery, Midsize Brewery and Large Brewery.

Pelican Brewing Co. won a gold award in the Golden Ale beer style category for its Kiwanda Cream Ale. Inspired by one of America's traditional 19th century beer styles, Kiwanda Cream is pale gold with a fruity, floral hop aroma. A sweet malty flavor and a smooth snappy finish round out this tasty, refreshing brew!

Pelican also won a silver award in the English India Pale Ale beer style category for its Silverspot IPA, a mainstay in the Pelican lineup with its brilliant gold color and assertively complex hop aroma. A blend of Sterling, Fuggle and Meridian hops, focusing on herbal, floral, spicy and tangerine-like characters creates this highly drinkable 6% ABV English-Style IPA. Silverspot IPA celebrates the Oregon Silverspot butterfly, which once flourished in coastal grasslands from Washington to California. Due to habitat loss, this threatened butterfly is now found only in a handful of protected areas. A collaborative habitat restoration and reintroduction program is helping to increase this butterfly population. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will help fund conservation efforts for the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly.

Additionally, Pelican was named "Champion Small Brewery and Brewmaster" in the competition, taking the top award from a field of 755 Small Breweries competing in that category. Given that Pelican recently moved the bulk of their brewing to a new facility in 2013 and the winning beers were brewed and bottled in the new brewery, this award is testament to the Pelican Team's commitment to utter consistency in style, flavor, and quality.

"This is especially amazing, following on the heels of winning Large Brewpub & Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival® in 2013, AND Large Brewpub & Brewer of the Year at the 2012 World Beer Cup®," said Darron Welch, Brewmaster at Pelican. "Winning this kind of recognition for our brewery team three years in a row is absolutely phenomenal."

World Beer Cup® winners were selected by an international panel of 219 beer judges from 31 countries. Regarded as the "Olympics of Beer Competition," the World Beer Cup® saw an impressive field of 4,754 entries from 1,403 breweries in 58 countries.

Presented by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup® has been held every other year since 1996, to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement.


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Hawaiian Luau Spring Brewers Dinner Menu Announced

Posted: March 17, 2014

The Pelican Pub & Brewery's Spring Brewers Dinner featuring a Hawaiian Luau theme is sure to be a hit! The dinner will feature Kiwanda Cream Ale, Silverspot IPA, Doryman's Ale, and Tsunami Stout.

Preliminary menu items include:

Spam Musubi
Our version of the popular Hawaiian snack! Doryman's Ale teriyaki spam, sushi rice, and nori

Tako Poke
Traditional salad made with octopus, tomato, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, tamari, and sesame seed; served with taro root chips

This favorite soup of Hawaii is made with somen noodles, napa cabbage, egg, kamaboko, green onions, and flavorfull dashi broth 

Sesame Crusted Ahi
Sesame crusted ahi tuna served with tropical fruit salad dressed with Silverspot IPA Asian vinaigrette, crisp wonton strips, and spicy-sweet soy reduction

Luau Trio
Traditional Kalua Pork, Lomi Lomi Salmon, and Huli Huli Chicken; served with steamed rice

Dessert of Haupia
Coconut custard with MacPelican's Ale caramalized pineapple, candied lime, macadamia and coconut toffee, flower tuile, and kiwi sauce

Tickets are on sale now. Space is limited. Purchase tickets online or call Zack at 503-965-3674.

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