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.