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Tillamook Production Brewery Breaks Ground

Pictured: Paul Wyntergreen, Dennie Houle, Mary Jones, Jeff Schons, Ken Henson, Darron Welch, Mark Labhart, Suzanne Webber, John Sandusky, Alene Allen

A cold, windy and rainy day set the background for turning over a shovel of dirt at the new Pelican Production Brewery at First and Stillwell in Tillamook. Darron Welch, Ken Henson, Jeff Schons and Mary Jones, owners of the Pelican, were on hand to pour samples of Pelican beer and give tours of the new facility. The Pelican Production Brewery will be located in what was formerly known as the Star Distributor Building and will house a 30 barrel system with the capacity of brewing 8,500 barrels per year for phase one (more than doubling the Pelican's current capacity of 4,000 bbls per year), with potential capacity of up to 35,000 bbl per year as business grows. The brewery expects to fill all its production of 22 oz bottles and kegs at the new facility with the added capacity of 6-packs starting late this summer. A 40 seat tasting room with a view onto the production floor and outdoor patio will serve fresh, tasty brews and simple Pelican fare such as the Pelican's world class Spent Grain Bread, Fish & Chips and Clam Chowder. The production facility would not have been possible without the help of the City of Tillamook, Tillamook County Commissioners and Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency (TURA).

The brewery team expects to be brewing beer into the new tanks as early as the end of June and open to the public in August.

Construction is well underway. We have removed a lot of the existing concrete slab inside the building and done excavation for water and waste lines. The plumber is getting busy with the many pipes and drains that go under the new slab.

For more information:
Regarding Construction, please call Jeff Schons: 503-550-1342
Regarding Employment, please call Stephanie Starostka Welch: 503-965-7779, extension 307