Pacific City, OR — A 21st birthday only comes once in a lifetime and this week is Pelican Brewing Company’s turn to celebrate! In honor of this momentous occasion, Pelican reflects on over 400 prestigious awards and celebrates with the first Pelican brew—and first Gold medal winner—ever imagined by founding brewmaster Darron Welch.
Welcome back from the Pelican vault Doryman’s Dark Ale—available on draft starting May 4 at all Pelican venues.
Doryman’s Dark Ale was adapted from Welch’s prize-winning homebrew recipe and showcases his love of history with one of the earliest beer styles directly attributed to American craft brewers. Doryman’s, which was Pelican’s first Gold medal winner, took the prize at the 1999 Great American Beer Festival in the American Brown Ale category. This rich toasty brew forever holds a special place in Pelican’s heart, no matter the birthday they celebrate.
Notes of caramel and toasty malt combine with citrusy hop flavors, floral hop aromas for a dark chocolate character with a clean, crisp finish. A review in Draft Magazine writes: “Beneath its rocky, tan head, Doryman’s Dark Ale is deep mahogany with ruby edges that glisten in the light. Its nutty aroma meshes with a slightly floral hop character creating an interesting marriage that’s alluring and mouthwatering. As the smooth beer hits the tongue offering only a light carbonic kick, a complex collection of malt flavors unfold: toast, light chocolate, and caramel sink into the taste buds. Take another sip, and a nutty character emerges. While this beer definitely showcases its malts, hop bitterness rises in the back to keep the darker flavors in check. Finishing dry, but not so much as to whitewash the flavors, a lingering dark chocolate character sticks to the palate, tempting another sip.” (6.2% ALC. BY VOL. / 42 IBU)
Pelican celebrates its auspicious day and the return of Doryman’s this Thursday, May 4, tapping kegs of this special edition dark ale for a toast at 11a. The public is welcome to join in the revelry at any Pelican location—Pacific City, Cannon Beach, Tillamook.
Pelican beer fanatics can reserve a case of the 22 oz. bottle 12-pack limited production ale which will be available for pick-up only at all Pelican locations: Pacific Beach, Tillamook and Cannon Beach brewpubs.
- $60/case of 12 of our 22oz Doryman’s special release bottles
- Available for in-person pickup only at specified Pelican Brewing locations in Pacific City and Tillamook
- Can also be picked up on the 21st Birthday, May 4th 2017 starting at 11am
- Must be 21+ older to purchase
“As we celebrate 21 years, we realize that we are incredibly fortunate to live and work in a place as amazing as the Oregon Coast and we are thankful for all the folks that have helped us over the years: our employees, our shareholders, and our communities,” says Jim Prinzing. “The really fun part is that for many companies 21 years is a milestone to reach, but for Pelican it is just the beginning of the journey—with our recent brewery expansion in Tillamook, our new brewpub in Cannon Beach, and a truly incredible staff of talented people we are excited about all the creative opportunities ahead of us.”
With consistent growth and demand for its products, Pelican recently increased brewing and bottling capacity at its Tillamook facility to over 38,000 barrels and opened a new brewpub last year in Cannon Beach. New Pelican facilities enable the highly-decorated brewer to continue its exploration of special brews like the small batch Lone Pelican Series and Barrel-aged Collection.
Born at the Beach
Pelican was born at the beach 21 years ago as a small, stand alone brewpub in a small town on the Oregon coast—Pacific City. Pacific City is still a small town, but with consistent growth and demand for its products, Pelican sales are up more than 500% from 3,500 barrels in 2013 to 18,000 barrels this year. The company recently doubled its brewing and bottling capacity at its Tillamook facility and opened a new brewpub in Cannon Beach. Pelican also recently won a bronze medal at the World Brew Cup? andeight medals including Champion Medium International Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards.
According to founding brewmaster Darron Welch, Pelican has always been focused on creating as wide a range of beers as possible:
- Designed and brewed with innovation and craftsmanship
- Showing guests and fans the many possibilities of flavor in the world of beer
- Dedicated attention to detail in the pursuit of quality and consistency
About Pelican Brewing Company
Pelican Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by Jeff Schons and Mary Jones in Pacific City with Oregon’s only oceanfront brewpub. Celebrating its 20th year, the brewing company has created masterpieces like Kiwanda Cream Ale, India Pelican Ale, MacPelican’s Scottish Ale, Tsunami Stout and Doryman’s Dark. With the vision, creativity and brewing expertise of founding brewmaster Darron Welch, Pelican Brewing has won over 450 awards including a Silver Medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, 2014 World Beer Cup© Champion Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year. Pelican Brewing currently distributes 22oz bottles, 12oz bottles in 6-packs, a new mixed 12-pack, and 50 liter and 20 liter kegs via a network of distributors in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Vermont. The company operates brewing and brewpub facilities in Pacific City, Tillamook and Cannon Beach.