Pelican Pub & Brewery — A Day at the Beach

Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR

My oldest son recently reminded me that we hadn’t visited the beach in a long time.  The beautiful Oregon summer is rapidly ending and we needed to rectify this predicament.  So I took the day off, loaded up the family truckster, and we headed for the coast.

When we arrived, we were greeting by picture-perfect weather, the majestic Haystack Rock, and to my utter surprise and amazement—a brewpub located right on the beach!  OK, it wasn’t really a coincidence.  We picked Pacific City because we wanted to visit Pelican.  We hadn’t been there in over 5 years, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.

Haystack Rock, Pacific City, OR
Pelican Pub & Brewery, August 2010

Pelican has delicious food and of course, great beer—which is all brewed and bottled on site.  When we visited, they had five regular house brews on tap as well as two rotating seasonal beers.  I tried all seven courtesy of their beer sampler, which is a deal at only $6!

Pelican's Beer Sampler!

I plan to write detailed reviews of each of these, if I can decipher my audio tasting notes.  It’s hard to enjoy and contemplate your beer with two restless kids in close proximity.

A day at the beach with beautiful weather, family, and great beer—who could ask for anything more?

Pelican's Patio.  Not a bad place to relax...

Pelican's on-site brewery


  1. Love their IPA, their food, and the location. Great place to go for a fun family day at the beach.

  2. Yeah, I can't believe we hadn't been back in so long. We were treated to some amazing weather. It was cloudy on our drive, so we were glad to see sunshine when we got there. I liked the IPA as well.

  3. My wife just got back from Pacific City after a fun weekend with her sister and some friends. She brought me back a assorted 4-pack of 22 oz bottles. Yum! We are going to Portland this weekend. Any recommendations for a brewpub?

  4. Which ones did she get for you? Elemental or Mother of all Storms? I have not tried either, but would like to.

    I'm a big fan of Bridgeport. Love their beer and food. I've heard good things about Hopworks on the east side, but have not been there yet. MacTarnahan's and Widmer Brauhaus are also great choices. I've been to both. You really can't go wrong!

  5. Thanks for the tips. I love going to new brew pubs. I'll let you know where we end up. Julie brought me some of Pelican's standard brews: Doryman's Dark, the IPA, Tsunami Stout, and MacPelican's Scottish. I've tried these before and like them. I, too, would like to try some of their seasonals. Those go for $15 a 22 oz bottle. Must be pretty darn good. I don't think I was going to get a $60 4-pack :).

  6. Change of plans. We are heading to Bend to visit my sister-in-law. We are going to 10 Barrel for dinner and beer. My brother-in-law is friendw with the brewers and built their brew pub. They make some pretty good beers. Keep an eye out for them in Portland.

  7. Never heard of them. I need to go down to Bend. If they send me a sample, I'd be happy to do an article. :)

  8. We went to Bend Brewing for lunch. The food was okay, the beer was better. It was 10 barrel for dinner. Great pub, great food, and great beer. I tried many, but beer of the weekend was the Double Woody Cabernet, which is aged in Cab barrel. Very unique, very tasty. They said you could find their beers in 22 oz in Portland.

  9. Thanks for the tip Mark. I'll keep an eye out for their beer.


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