Lomporter won gold in the Robust Porter category, out of a total of 91 entries. This marks the second GABF medal win for Lompoc; the Portland brewery took home a silver for its classic Proletariat Red in 2015.
“We are honored to win a gold medal for Lomporter, especially with so many entries in the category,” stated Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter. “We just introduced this beer to the market last year, and it’s already a pub favorite.”
Lomporter is a classic robust porter that offers a creamy taste of dark chocolate complemented by dark cherry and hints of coffee. Brewed with dark wheat, rauch, and chocolate malts, this beer strikes a fine balance between heavy and light. It’s robust enough to sip, but smooth enough to have another. It comes in at 6.4 percent ABV and is available in 12-oz. cans and on draft.
“The Lompoc team works extremely hard and we are honored to receive a gold at GABF for Lomporter,” exclaimed head brewer Bryan Keilty. “The GABF is an amazing event and reminds us how proud we are to be a part of the Northwest beer community.”
Silverspot IPA returns from the vault with its brilliant gold color, toasty biscuit-like flavor and assertively complex hop aroma. Pelican brewers selected the blend of Sterling, Fuggle and Meridian hops, focusing on herbal, floral, spicy and tangerine-like characters to create this highly drinkable English-style IPA:
ABV: 6% | IBU: 55 | PLATO: 13.7º
“I’m so proud of the staff and teamwork we have at Pelican Brewing Company—this is such a fantastic recognition of all the hard work that everyone here at Pelican does day after day,” said Darron Welch, founding Brewmaster at Pelican Brewing Company. “Silverspot is such a delicious IPA and winning a third silver medal for it at the Great American Beer Festival just takes that success to a whole different level.”
Welch continues to be one of the most decorated brewers in the Pacific Northwest, earning well over 450 medals including several Gold Medals this year alone at the World Beer Cup, Australian International Beer Awards and North American Beer Awards.
“The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country’s most exemplary beers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “I’m continuously impressed by contenders’ talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners for their excellence in brewing.”