Sunriver Brewing and Pelican Collaborate on ‘Brute Lupes’ Brut IPA with Apricot

Sunriver Brewing Company has been on fire lately, and is collaborating with the even faster-growing Pelican Brewing Company on Brute Lupes, a Brut IPA with Apricot. Brute Lupes is a light-bodied and champagne-like new small batch brew available now on draft at Pelican brewpubs and other participating watering holes.

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The brewing team added an abundant amount of apricot for a tart, full-flavored balance to the low bitterness and massive hop character of this refreshing, spritzy IPA. The apricot provides a fruity aroma up front, while the hops finish citrusy and grape-like. The light toasty malt characteristics complement the slightly tart apricot flavor and the citrusy hops, while finishing almost champagne-like. This brew is just as satisfying and stunning as the views traveling from the Oregon Coast to the mountainous terrain of Central Oregon.

“We collaborate with brewers we respect and Sunriver Brewing is right up there—the Sunriver team really added to our creative and inventive process to achieve a lighter, springtime beer perfect for transitioning from the big, bold beers of winter,” says Coren Tradd, Pelican brewer who collaborated on the recipe. “Together we settled on adding apricot puree to the Brut IPA to achieve a subtle and highly-drinkable ‘Beerlini.’”


Pilsner malt, Flaked Barley, Apricot Puree, Citra hops, Hallertauer Blanc hops, Meridian hops, pure coastal water, and pure ale yeast combine to create a tart apricot fruitiness with a refreshing citrusy carbonation and notes of ripe stone fruit and white grape reminiscent of a Bellini or Mimosa.

ABV: 6.8%  |  IBU: 35  |  PLATO: 14º


“Since I began in the industry, Pelican has always been my favorite—it’s really an interesting brewery with fantastic creativity,” says Patrick Raasch, head brewer at Sunriver Brewing Company. “It was really fun to step away from my own day-to-day operations and see how other award-winning brewers are innovating. The brewing industry is a collective community and it really brought us together to work with Pelican on this spirited draft.”

Like all Pelican beers, Brute Lupes is born at the beach by a team of award-winning craft beer makers known for brewing styles of beer that they themselves love to drink. Cheers!

For a list of all of Pelican’s award-winning beer, click here.


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 22nd year, the brewing company has created masterpieces like Kiwanda Cream Ale, Beak Breaker Double IPA, Sea ‘N Red Irish-Style Red Ale, Five Fin West Coast Pilsner, and Tsunami Stout. 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, Utah, and Hawaii. The company operates brewing and brewpub facilities in Pacific City, Tillamook and Cannon Beach.

For more information, visit Pelican Brewing Company.

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