The 17th Annual North American Beer Awards, held in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is a unique event sanctioned by the North American Brewers Association. The competition provides an opportunity for brewers to have their product be evaluated by qualified judges against the best beers, ciders, meads and sodas in the country. The event is conducted as a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the entries within a category.
In 2012, over 1,400 beverages were entered into the competition.
Brewmaster Darron Welch was thrilled with this year's results, especially MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale. "MacPelican's is one of our most popular beers at the Pelican in Pacific City. Until just recently, MacP hasn't won many awards. I am excited to have MacPelican's be recognized as a premium beer in its category!" Kiwanda Cream Ale, Tsunami Stout and Stormwatcher's Winterfest all took Silver Medals in their respective categories.
MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale - GOLD, Scottish-Style Heavy
Kiwanda Cream Ale - SILVER, Golden or Blonde Ale
Tsunami Stout - SILVER, Foreign-Style Stout
Stormwatcher's Winterfest - SILVER, English-Style Barley Wine
The North American Beer Awards comes to a close with the Mountain Brewers Beer Festival, which allows the public to sample the well-made brews entered in the competition. The Pelican is proud to be a part of this festival, where all proceeds are donated to local charity.