Pacific City, Oregon-based Pelican Brewing will open its new Cannon Beach brewpub this Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, at 11am. Fresh off a bronze medal for Stormwatcher’s Winterfest at the 2016 World Beer Cup awards, and the brewery’s upcoming Tillamook expansion, the opening of a 3rd location means Pelican has a lot to celebrate. This 11,422 sq. foot full restaurant and 10 bbl pub brewery will be the second in Cannon Beach, after the 19 year old Bill’s Tavern and Brewery and just ahead of the upcoming Public Coast Brewing. Here is our first look at this new coastal destination in the small but beautiful tourist town of Cannon Beach.
The beautiful new construction is on land purchased by Pelican just a little up the road from downtown Cannon Beach. The heavy wood-halled and high-ceilinged restaurant and brewery calls to mind the Deschutes Portland brewpub. While it doesn’t have the beach-side seating of the original Pelican Brewpub, the new Cannon Beach location is much improved design-wise and logistically.
The building is spacious, with subtle design features like the overhangs above a front and back bar meant to invoke the oceans tide. Against the high wall on the top right of the above photo will be a Cannon Beach mural with a tide tracker telling when the sea is out or in. The large kitchen is outfitted with touchscreens and a new pizza oven. The food menu will be the same as the Pacific City brewpub except for seasonal fresh specials that take advantage of local seafood and produce. The new restaurant and pub will seat 160 inside and 40 more outdoors.
One of the other cool features is the lobby/waiting room-area is not only fully stocked with merchandise and bottles to-go, but also has twelve of its own taps. So, if you’re waiting for a seat, the staff can serve you a pint right up-front, or if you wish to just get your growler filled, they can do that, too. There’s even a Crowler machine for 32oz cans to-go.
The bar is surprisingly small when considering the huge layout of the building and wide ranging kitchen, but not for its lack of beers. There are 20 taps flowing with year-round offerings, seasonals, and one-off experiments. I tried a delightful all-Mosaic hopped lager, as well as an excellent Schwarzbier and Dortmunder.
Don McCandless will be the Cannon Beach Head Brewer. He will be brewing both established recipes and specialty signature beers to this brewpub location on a 10 bbl, 2 vessel, direct fire brewhouse from Bridgetown Brewing Systems, with 4 fermenters and 4 jacketed serving tanks from Practical Fusion. The brewery vessels were being placed when I visited last week, but the system was not yet operational.
A couple of other unique additions to the Cannon Beach Pelican are outdoor seating behind roll-up doors and a small back patio with gas firepit, as well as the ability to order beers through a window at the back of the bar. Also further down the line…possibly a Pelican Hotel? The parcel of land purchased by the brewery included a small motel on the other side of the parking lot. For now it serves as a construction office and residence for employees/contractors, but in the future may be redone for a Pelican Hotel, with guests checking in at the pub.
Pelican Brewing opens their Cannon Beach brewpub this Tuesday May 10th at 11am at:
1371 S Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, OR
Pelican Brewing Co. CEO Jim Prinzing © The New School