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.