5 Questions with Pelican Brewing’s Cannon Beach Head Brewer Coren Tradd

Pelican Brewing’s Cannon Beach Head Brewer Coren Tradd

Pacific City-based Pelican Brewing expanded to the idyllic small beach town Cannon Beach in May 2016, opening a big new restaurant and brewpub with a 10 bbl, 2-vessel, direct fire brewhouse. Coren Tradd heads up Pelican’s Cannon Beach brewing operations. He’s a native of Sherwood, Oregon, who has been with Pelican since 2010. Coren was living in Pacific City and trying to become a firefighter but needed some extra cash, so he got a job as a host at the Pelican brewpub, where he became fascinated with brewing. Peppering the brewers with questions, he quickly showed an interest in becoming a brewer and did anything that needed to be done, resulting in stints as an entry level laborer, beer driver, keg cleaner, etc. Other than a brief interlude, Coren has worked for Pelican ever since. “I did actually leave to pursue a paramedic career for a couple years, but came back 2014 and have been back since. Started back on the packaging line, then worked my way up from there.” He went on to recently graduate from the American Brewers Guild and now gets to brew special one-off and seasonal beers of his own at the Cannon Beach brewpub, a new coastal destination. “Additionally, I help coordinate and plan the beer fest side of our Longboard classic and Brewfest held in Pacific City every September.”

This is chapter seven in a monthly series in which we check in with brewers on what they are drinking, eating, enjoying and what’s currently bubbling away in their fermenters.

Q: What is your favorite beer right now? (Pelican or other)

Coren Tradd: Hmm. I never have just one favorite beer, but multiple, haha. Lately I’ve been drinking Sierra Nevada’s Celebration, our Munich Dunkel, and Melvin’s 2×4 DIPA. I also still homebrew and have a Coffee Stout and a Hefe on tap in my garage keezer. 

Pelican’s Cannon Beach brewpub

Q: What’s it like to be brewing in Cannon Beach and what other places do you like there for food and drink?

CT: Its been really great up here, its a beautiful facility and I have a great relationship with our staff. Everybody in town has been welcoming and really nice.  It’s been a lot of fun and a welcome change of pace from production brewing. The Wine Shack is great little spot with its own wine, some beer on tap, and house made barbecue sauce that is excellent.  The Screw and Brew is next door and is just classic, its literally a hardware store and pub with good food.  For good coffee Sleepy Monk is the spot; the shop roasts its own beans, all organic and fair trade, and we’re working with them on a beer/coffee collab.  

Q: What is the most interesting or exciting thing going on in the up and coming Cannon Beach beer scene?

CT: I think just that, that the beer scene is getting off the ground here and the future looks really promising. We just did a collab beer with Public Coast, not to be the last I don’t think. There is a strong sense of community up here and I’ve already been involved in local fundraisers and events. I’m glad that the coast beer scene is coming into its own, and I’m happy to be a part of it. Obviously the Portland beer scene is unmatched, but the coast in general is really coming up I feel like. 

Q: What is new or fresh on tap right now at Pelican?

CT: Our Mosaic single hop IPA, a trial IPA called ZZ Hops, and the Munich Dunkel which was actually a collab with a former Pelican brewer. Also our CDA, Bad Santa, is now on tap. Next weekend we release this year’s Mother of All Storms.

Coren Tradd at the hop farm

Q: What beers do you have in the tanks right now or in the works to be made?

CT: In the tanks right now are an Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale, which was the collab with Public Coast. Also a Blonde Stout we made for Holiday Ale fest, which uses fresh roasted coffee beans from Sleepy Monk.  In the works are the next series of our “berried at sea”, which will be a beer that’s refermented in barrels with some fresh berries. Also, a cocktail inspired beer is being talked about, as well as possibly experimenting with some cryo hops. We’ve also talked about some in house collaborations where brewers pair up and come up with an original beer concept. 

Check out our past Q & A’s with Whitney Burnside (10 Barrel), Brett Thomas (Sunriver)Ben and Rik of Baerlic BrewingAusten Conn of Buoy Beer, Michael Kora of Montavilla Brew Works, and Scott Sieber of Falling Sky Brewing.

Pelican Brewing – Cannon Beach, OR

1371 S Hemlock Street Cannon Beach, OR (503) 908-3377

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com