Pelican plans to open a new brewpub in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Posted: April 30, 2015

Pelican plans to open a new brewpub in Cannon Beach, Oregon 

It was almost 20 years ago when a construction team began to rehab an abandoned building buried under the sand in Pacific City, Oregon. Owners Mary Jones, Jeff Schons and Brewmaster Darron Welch started the Pelican Pub & Brewery with the vision to offer the best craft beer experience directly from the Oregon Coast. With an incredible view of Haystack Rock and Cape Kiwanda, and as Oregon's only oceanfront brewpub, the Pelican quickly established itself as a destination not only for the stunning scenery but also some of the best craft beer in the country. Since opening in 1996, Pelican has been fortunate to be named Small Brewpub and Small Brewery of the Year in several prestigious beer competitions. In 2014 Pelican Brewing Company was named the Champion Small Brewing Company at the World Beer Cup® just a year after building a state-of-the-art brewing facility and tap room in Tillamook, Oregon.

Continuing in that tradition, Pelican Brewing Company is excited to announce they'll be opening a new pub and brewery in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This new brewpub will be located at 1371 South Hemlock Street in the heart of Cannon Beach. A short walk from the beach and Oregon's other Haystack Rock, the new Pelican will include a small brewpub as well as a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Construction is slated to begin this fall and is expected to be open by Spring 2016.

While Pelican axiously plans for their expansion along the Oregon Coast, the restaurant side of the Pelican welcomed a new but familiar face, adding to their talents in the kitchen. John Newman has been named as the new Pelican Brewing Company Corporate Chef. In this new role, John will be responsible for developing and maintaining delicious and inspiring menu creations at all three Pelican locations.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, John is no stranger to the Pelican. He was a part of the Pelican chef team for a brief period after the Pacific City brewpub opened in 1996. Since then he was the Executive Chef at the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach for several years and he has owned and operated two of his own restaurants. John's passion and understanding of the Pelican experience and the company's dedication to providing the public with a unique beer and food experience will be warmly welcomed.

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Bracket to the BEACH!

Posted: March 16, 2015


Beer, Basketball and a trip to the Beach!

The college basketball madness is about to begin and some of your favorite pubs and taprooms serving Pelican beers are giving you the chance to win a stay at the beach! Stop by any of the following places to fill our your Bracket to the Beach to win!

Portland, Oregon
The Bitter End
On Deck Sports Bar
Pour Sports Bar & Grill
Tom's Pizza & Sports Bar (N. Lombard location)

Central Oregon
The Gap and Growler - Eugene
Prime Time - Springfield
Goodtimes - Eugene
Sam's Place - Eugene
Wetlands - Eugene

Snohomish & Skagit Counties Washington
Y Knot - Everett
Varsity Inn - Mt. Vernon
Sound Check - Lynwood

Fill out your bracket and grab a pint of Pelican today!

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Romantic Getaway Contest

Posted: March 3, 2015

Romantic Getaway Contest

During the month of February, we asked our Facebook fans to share with us their romantic stories from Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda. We hoped that many would share their stories from this little beach town, but the response was overwhelming. Over 425 people sent in stories of first love, marriage proposals, meeting that special someone and great times spent with family and friends on the Oregon Coast!

The prizes we put up for the contest included one Grand Prize of a 2-night stay here at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. We also pledged to name 10 runners up who would each receive a $10 gift card to Pelican Brewing Company's Pub & Brewery.

If you see your name and story here, please email to claim your prize!

THANK YOU to everyone who sent in photos and stories. You've all reminded us how unique this place is and how lucky we are to be a small part of so many memories. Here are the winners and their unedited stories as they shared them at


Starwolf Purple Phoenix

Last February, we had decided that we were going to the coast for Valentine's day. We tried all the regular spots: Canon Beach, Seaside, Manzanita, Garibaldi, Rockaway, and all were full. We had camped at the site near Pacific City, Oregon and loved it, but there was a terrible storm. We decided to call The Inn at Cape Kiwanda with hopes that they had an opening and were so excited that not only did they have an opening, but it was a king size suite with a perfect view, Champagne, Chocolates, and wine tasting! The wind and rain howled against our glass doors and we did not think we would get out on the beach at all. But the morning was glorious-eye of the storm-and we got beautiful pictures. I didn't think we would find any shells to add to our memory box, but as we were headed back, there was a pile of the most beautiful shells half buried outside the Pelican Pub! We gathered the shells and a small amount of sand and they now sit in a beautiful vase with "Pacific City: Your Little Beach Town, February 2014" written on it. It was the best Valentine's day we had ever had and the couple running the Inn were the most friendly and accommodating people we had ever met! We hope to go back for our anniversary in April, but would love to win a trip there sooner!​


Richard Ott

Long before meeting, we both separately enjoyed and needed our "time at the beach". When life was stressful and overwhelming, when there weren't enough hours in the day, we would independently run away to take in the gentle calming rhythm of the waves, wind, rock and sand. Separately we gained strength, nourished by the natural power and beauty and, after meeting, we found that we shared this drive, this need, to seek out this place of natural solace.

Our lives intertwined and, as we discussed our plans to marry, we knew that our love for each other would be forever symbolized with Our Rock as the corner stone. Everything fell into place, as naturally as could be, and before we knew it we were standing together sharing our vows, our rings, our lives and our view of Our Rock in Pacific City.

To this day, we still make regular trips to this little beach town. Sometimes we go camping, stay at the Inn, eat at the pub, or just have a scone and a cup of coffee. Walking on the beach, sitting by the campfire, or marveling at the dory fleet surfing in, we still find our cares and stress melt away, in the shadow of Our Rock. 

Rain or shine, storm or calm, when we are there with our toes in the sand, we are reminded of how we began, drawn together with Our Rock in the distance, keeping its eternal vigil, a symbol of our hopes, dreams, and the love we share.

Like Our Rock, our love can weather any storm, undeterred, as we walk hand-in-hand into our happily ever after.

Sara Tucholsky

I have been lucky enough to visit Pac City many times in my life. My grandparents own a small beach house off the airport strip and we have been able to make wonderful family memories here. I have seenPacific City: Your Little Beach Town grow and change so much, but my love for the little beach town always remains strong. In 2009, I started bringing a wonderful man Eric Bradley to our beach house and Pac City soon became OUR favorite place. His love for my family, our memories made at the beach and the little beach town grew just like mine. Five years later, this man proposed to me on a spontaneous trip to Pac City. We climbed the dune and walked towards the water, past the "do not enter" signs. We arrived at our favorite spot, which a few months before we were lucky to see a whale right below us. It was such a perfect moment, enjoying a growler of Pelican beer, the company of our two closest friends, he proposed to me. The timing of the sunset couldn't of been more perfect, the moment couldn't of been more perfect A few months ago, my grandfather passed away and there have been talks about selling our home in Pacific City. As much as this saddens me, I feel so lucky to have all of the wonderful memories here and this city will always be close to my heart.

Chrissy Blank

I spent one of the best days of my life sitting on the bluffs in Cape Kiwanda and couldn't imagine a more perfect place to re-visit with my sweet husband. My husband Kyle (long time, long distance boyfriend at the time) and I decided to make an impromptu trip to the coast to escape the craziness of our busy lives and spend the day relaxing on the beach. We loaded the car and spent the day hiking, taking pictures and sitting on the bluffs talking about our future. I wanted a picture standing in front of the incredible crashing waves and Kyle humored me and said he'd take my picture. When I got back to our spot on the beach I was looking at the pictures he had just taken and there it was on the camera screen: the most beautiful picture of a stunning ring sitting in a box on the sand. I was completely surprised and speechless! Kyle pulled the ring out of his pocket, got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was a magical moment with my sole mate sitting in front of me telling me how much he loved me, the waves crashing on the bluffs and the sun shining on my back. It was the perfect proposal and I will remember it for the rest of my life. We have now been married for 3 years now and haven't been on a single date since our daughter was born 14 months ago. A coastal getaway is exactly what us love birds need!

Kinsey Coyne Brock

September 2009: my boyfriend and I went on our first trip together to Pacific City! We stayed at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. Our first night, we sat on the balcony watching the sunset and drinking champagne. It was then that we both realized we were in love. We must have been thinking it at the same time because Josh said it just as I was thinking it! Now we are married and visit the Inn almost every year  Pacific City will forever hold a special place in our hearts

Stacy Coplin

We have been coming to Pacific City for over 10 years. We stayed at the Inn many times over the years. We always loved it, because they were so generous and kind and welcoming to our labs. We were there in July 2007 with our youngest lab on his first beach trip, and my husband proposed right there on the beach across the street. On March 15, 2008, we were married in the Pelican Pub, for a wedding my family still talks about several years later. We still visit there multiple times a year, and now we bring our three year old daughter along with our two labs. It is truly a magical place, and one where we have spent many of the best moments of our lives.

Archell Banta

We traveled in the dark of the night; a spontaneous trip to the waves of the beach. It was about 12am when we arrived to the beach at Pacific City from Beaverton. We sat and talked and I playful suggested we should see who could climb the sand hill the fastest. I exited the car first and had a head start but he was faster at getting up through the sand. When we both reached reached the top he took me by the hand and told me he had a surprise to show me. We came up to the area where the waves were crashing against the rocks below. It was so beautiful watching the water sprays glisten from the lights behind us. We sat down together and just watched the waves; hand in hand, cuddled in each others arms. In the midst of the sounds of the waves crashing and spraying we heard another sound. I leaned in to listened closer and gasped. He giggled and assured me that what I heard was in deed what I thought I had heard. I became so excited. SO EXCITED!!! Jumping up and down! The coolest thing that I have ever heard. It was the whales! The whales! THE WHALES!! It was almost like they were singing just for us! There musical notes bounced off the rock ledge behind us; like a kind of ampa theater. I could have sat there forever, but I could only stay till I could no longer feel our fingers and faces anymore. I hated to have to leave but I knew I would never forget. NEVER!! This was 15 years ago and I'll always remember it like it was yesterday. One of my most vivid cherished memories. THE WHALES!

Alex Strocsher

It was labor day 2012. My plan was to propose to my, now wife, on the cliff left of the big dune where the trees are. I called my parents and told them there were 200 votive candles under their bed in the Rv and Whitney and I would be coming at sunset the next day. I had all these sketches of how I wanted it set up, but then mother nature had other ideas. My mom called the next morning and said it was too windy to do it on the cliff but she had another idea.

We arrived and everything was set we walked out to the beach. On our way Whitney went to put her phone in my pocket that had the ring in it. I quickly turned and offered my other pocket. I thought I had been too obvious and ruined the surprise. We kept walking the sunset was perfect I roughly knew where to go but wasn't 100% sure. My mom said it was set up in a cave by the tide pools. We get to the tide pools and I looked up above and saw my mom and her friends pointing where to go. "Hey babe let's go check out that cave." Closer...closer. "Alex, turn around I think we're walking in on someone's moment." "We sure are keep going."

I propose, we kiss, then I see my dads friend was taking pictures of us during our entire walk on the beach. I must say they are my most cherished pictures. Thank you to all involved and Pacific City fir being the perfect spot to pull it all off.

Dennis McMillan

My wife Jill and I have been visiting and enjoying what the Pelican and Pacific city have to offer for most all of the 22 plus years we've been together. I have been dining and drinking great food and beer there for way longer past that. Besides the love of my wife and Two beautiful Girls, there is a love affair of many kinds with what I would relate as the most iconic and totally Oregon beach on the Coast. I am certain that we will continue to make regular trips down as there is something about pacific City and the Pelican pub that we never tire of. When I take solo rides on my Harley, it is where I usually end up.

Sherryl Childers

My husband and I have many, many wonderful memories with our toes in the sand on the Pacific City beach. By far our most favorite place to be. It brings tears to my eyes when I think of the times we have spent there. Many romantic walks, many moments of watching our kids play who are now grown and making their own Pac City memories. There are far too many memories to put in one single post. We cherish Pacific City and all it has to offer and look forward to making many more memories.

Amie Chouinard

We just made our first trip to Pacific City last month! It was perfect! We watched the game at the Pub, had breakfast at the cafe, climbed the dunes, sat and watched the sunset, built a puzzle in our room after dark, fed the bunnies! It was, by far, the best vacation we had been on. It was very sour of the moment and the hotel staff was simply the best! We could stare in awe at that rock for hours! Can't wait to go back! WithErik Jarvey!

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Bad Santa Holiday Cookie Recipe

Posted: December 15, 2014

Bad Santa Holiday Cookies

8 oz     Butter
1 c       Brown sugar
½ c      Sugar
2          Eggs
3 c       All-purpose flour
¾ tsp   Baking soda
1 tsp    Salt
1 tsp    Cinnamon
½ tsp   Nutmeg
8 oz     Bad Santa Cascadian Dark Ale
1 ½ c   Bittersweet chocolate chips
1 c       Dried cherries
½ c      Sugar
1 tsp    salt, topping optional
In a small pot, melt the butter and stir on a medium low heat until the butter begins to brown. Take it off the heat and allow the brown butter to cool.
Sift the flour, baking soda, spices and first salt together and set aside.
Once the butter starts to set up, mix it together with the brown sugar and first sugar.
Slowly add the eggs until well incorporated. Do not allow too much air into the mixture.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture.
When the dry ingredients are incorporated, slowly pour in Bad Santa.
Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries.
Cover the dough and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Take out of the fridge and spoon the cookie dough out. Coat the dough in the last sugar and roll onto balls. Add a little extra sugar on top if desired. Sprinkle the top with a little salt if desired.
Place on lined sheet trays. Do not press the balls down.

Bake at 375 for 6 minutes and rotate for another 6 minutes, or until done.  

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Posted: December 10, 2014

Do your Christmas shopping with Pelican Brewing Company! Order online!


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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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