Pelican Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 2,114
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
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4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
How anyone wouldn't say this is perhaps the best brewpub in the US is beyond me!!
1. The real estate the site is on is absolutely sensational - right on the coast with a Big Sur type rock out in water. C'mon, what is better than this??
2. Interior atmosphere is warm, clear, classy, and respectful of the view out window. Tastefully done.
3. The beer. Just about the best overall in quality from beer to beer I've experienced outside of some places in Boulder Co. You just can't pick a clunker. I had the special IPA made with the hops grown yards away and it was extraordinary.
4. Food. On par with the beer. Nothing too high-fallotin' but very worthy to go with the beer.
Absolutely worth a voyage to. Regardless of whether it's a supplement to other plans or not - what I 'm saying is it's worth planning a trip around this place. Seriously!
09-30-2008 04:02:21 | More by fastricky
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Entering, the m.d.s. was directly to the left and bench seating was to the right. The m.d.s. included one of the most colorful, multi-hued collections of logo items that I had ever seen. Proceeding aft, the brewhouse and FVs were off to the left, followed by the long, dark wood, "U"-shaped bar. Wrapping around, booths ran down the right side and along the beach. Headed aft was a nifty nautical mosaic on the left, followed by the Haystack Room, a private meeting room all of the way aft and along the beach. The Outrigger Room contained all of their medals and awards. As a retired sailor, this was probably the best atmosphere in which to drink a beer that I had experienced in a while. It featured gorgeous view of the coastline. Bobbi K. was our great server. I had salmon, again.
Beers: Kiwanda Cream Ale; McPelican's Scottish Ale; India pelican Ale (IPA); Doryman's Dark Ale; Tsunami Stout; Heiferweizen (ha ha); and Surfer's Summer Ale.
08-25-2008 23:46:15 | More by woodychandler
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a Sunday morning for breakfast. There's nothing like a nice India Pelican Ale to go along with a nice breakfast burrito, which was what I had. Both were very tasty. The service there was outstanding, as the hostess was extremely cheerful and prompt. Our waitress was very nice as well, and very good with the service. The place is very cool looking, with it being right on the beach and having a great view of the Pacific Ocean. With the food being very good, the beers being well above average, and the great service, this was one of the best brewpubs that I have ever been to.
08-03-2008 14:40:59 | More by Dansting
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Glorius beachfront location. We visited in July and business was in full swing. Didn't have a problem getting a patio table. We brought our dog, and she laid in the sand just off the patio slab, as per health code. Definitly family friendly, as the parents can sit there downing pints while their kids are right nearby digging sand holes for hours.
Beer is top notch. Food is also quite good.
Prices are gouged. 4.50 for a halfpint, $6 for a pint? wtf. Also, I am highly skeptical they were the full 20oz pints (big glass base, short with bubbly sides). Sampler was 7.50 and they were weak 2oz pours, half of which were mostly head. Also I was surprised to see their Brun, Saison, and other specialties were not available ontap! only as 750ml's to go (for $15 no less!).
Food too was extremly expensive, even a sandwich was $12+. Our total for two people was just over $120 (includes 2 bottles to-go). Ouch.
I guess you're paying for the views...and it is a rather resorty summer town afterall.
A pricy outing, for sure. But it was good in most respects. It was borderline 'not-worth-the-price'.
07-10-2008 16:13:40 | More by SurlyDuff
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Beautiful location just off the coast. You can watch the waves crash off of Cape Kiwanda as you're sipping on a Kiwanda Cream! Food was good, not great. I only ordered a pizza, and a Kiwanda Cream. I ordered a pizza at Walking man that would beat the sauce off this one. My pops ordered a MacPelican. I have to say, I wish I had ordered the scottish beer as it was incredible. Food and drinks came quickly, server was nice. Love Pelican beer, the food is good, and the price is nice. A great place to stop if you ever plan on driving up the picturesque Oregon coast.
04-24-2008 07:06:41 | More by beermebeerman
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
We went to Pacific City for the weekend and were able to hit the Pelican 4 times in a couple of days. Even in the wind, rain, hail, light snow you really can't beat the location. I can only imagine what it is like during the summer. It has a nice layout inside and sat at the bar a couple of times and ate some grub for lunch at a window seat closest to the beach.
The quality of their wares was good. Their beers are solid and you can't go wrong with the IPA or the Tsunami or Red or Scottish. The service staff were friendly and the food came in a reasonable amount of time. I had a tuna sandwich which was heavy on the bread but good fish. The clam chowder does need some work.
Overall one of the best reasons to go to the beach for a weekend is to stop by the Pelican.
04-05-2008 00:06:58 | More by cswhitehorse
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This pub has perhaps the greatest location for a brewpub anywhere in the world (the Waimea in Kauai may be a bit better due to the weather and the fact that it's in Kauai).
Like the many independent brew pubs you can find all across the great state of Oregon, the Pelican beers are fantastic. I would rank them right up there with Rogue, Deschutes, Full Sail and the other Oregon greats.
While the setting of this brew pub is unmatched, it is spoiled by two things: 1) the traffic jams and massive parking lot adjacent to the pub and 2) the incredibly ugly retaining wall and condos that have recently been erected on the headland opposite the the pub.
Who on the County Commission approved that mess? I thought the Oregon Coast was to be preserved for future generations with an eye toward environmental preservation and asthetic quality?
03-19-2008 01:50:48 | More by LittleA
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A must stop if traveling the Oregon coast. Every beach should have an amazing brew pub like The Pelican within walking distance.
Great setting on the beach with awsome cliffs to hike up and over look the waves crashing on the rocks the seals were lounging on below.
The IPA was so damn good I dont remember the other beers I tried, though I remember tasting many. ( I wasnt driving!) Food was ok but it took a while to get seated - place was mobbed! The atmospere reminded this east coaster very much of a Cape Cod clam house - rustic interior with pine booths and a large dining area and huge outdoor patio.
Beer was moving fast and it tasted very fresh. Staff was busy but friendly and the bartender very knowlegable about his products. Again, a must stop in OR.
12-03-2007 21:23:54 | More by Shiredave
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
After a drive through some beautiful countryside, a few shabby towns and a long day of coastal adventure, Pelican was an excellent cap to an excellent day. Even before you enter the building, the beach, ocean, seastack and cliffs create an incredible mood. The place sits right on the beach, and I've definitely never been to a brewpub that comes close to matching Pelican in total atmosphere.
The interior is cozy, clean and seemingly new, with great service (although she did admittedly forget to inform us about the seasonal beers which aren't on the menu...we did that homework ourselves) and an unusual menu (my brother got spicy shark tacos...I built my own pizza).
As if all this weren't enough, the beers were absolutely tops. We tried the wet-hopped Elemental, the Brun, the Scottish ale, and the cream ale. All 4 were fantastic in their own way. Although they bottle, it's very limited, as is their distribution. Too bad...they could compete with the bigger badboys of the US micro world. Sometimes, if a brewpub's offerings aren't all that, you can fall back on guest taps...no need to worry about that here. Their beers do not leave you wanting (except for more of what they're brewing).
The evening was topped off by an impromptu tour of the brew room. We were looking in the window, getting ready to leave, and a guy walked up to us (I forget his name, but it wasn't the brewmaster). He gave us a tour of their modest facilities, and was able to answer questions and certainly didn't make a rush job of it, despite them being quite busy for a Monday night. It was the cherry on top that made this one of the most pleasant, satisfying beer-drinking experiences I've ever had. If you're anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and love beer, you have got to seek Pelican out.
10-03-2007 22:38:12 | More by Metalmonk
4.2/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Finally made it to the Pelican for dinner after a day at the beach. I have had a few of their beers before (India Pelican ale, Tsunami Stout, Doryman's dark, Summer ale), but had never been to the pub, even though we're in the area quite often.
For starters, the location is awsome, as others have stated. A nice shallow beach front (especially at low tide) means the kids can dip their toes in the icy pacific water for a good 50 feet before it gets too deep. Auto's can drive right down onto the beach (4wd reccommended, of course.) Wonderful tidepools, cliffs and a very steep 200ft sandhill that you can actually sled down dominate the right side of the beach. Surfers brave the water for short rides on the late breaking waves in front of the gorgeous haystack rock.
We were there on a Saturday night on a beautiful (though extremely windy) day. There was a wedding party at the restaurant, and that was the excuse the staff gave for the over 1hr (!) wait to get a table for my wife and two children, after getting on the list at 5:00 p.m. Once seated, however, our server was quite friendly and efficient, though not as knowledgeable about the beers and food that I expect from such an establishment. The menu descriptions of the beers are pretty detailed (description blurb, with original/ final gravities, alcohol content, IBU's and SRM color listed), but I believe a server should be able to offer a better description than, "its kinda darkish red, not very hoppy, people seem to like it" when asked in a brewpub.
I chose the seasonal Brun ale (the beer the server described above), and my wife had a Kiwanda Cream ale. $5.50 for a 20 oz pint glass filled to the brim. Spendy, but not outrageous. The Brun was a good americanized belgian ale, kind of between a saison and a abbey double. I'm a Belgian ale drinker, so it was right up my alley, but I didn't find it the complex, exceptional brew I expected after having their Tsunami Stout and India Pelican ales out of bottles on other occasions.
Surprising to me, however, was how delicious my wife's cream ale was. All earthy, floral hop flavor and aroma with a silky body and texture. It retained a small, creamy head all the way down the glass with lots of residual lace. No presence of bittering hops in the flavor profile.... did they even use bittering hops in this, or was it all dry hopped at the end? All in all a wonderful beer. Enough that we bought a couple of bottles to bring home. The bottle we consumed the evening after, however, was very different. Still very good, but it lost that fresh floral hopiness with more bittering hops in evidence, and the body was not as silky. Maybe we had an exeptional batch at at restaurant or it has a short shelf life.... dunno.
The menu was a decent selection of pub favorites (pizza, burgers, fish n' chips) with some more upscale pasta and seafood selections. The beer battered, crispy yet substantial fries were awesome with my delicious locally caught snapper fish n' chips, served with a slightly spicy tartar sauce. My wife had a burger, made of local beef, covered in sauteed mushrooms and served on a ciabata roll. She claimed it was the best burger she'd had in a long while. I'm glad, because at $12.95 it was among the most expensive burgers i've paid for in a long while, too. My 3 decent size chunks of fish with fries went for $14.95. Kids meals were 4-6 bucks. Expensive for the type of food, but as stated, it was very good.
Overall, it was a positive experience. The wait and prices were the only complaints, but that's what we get for patronizing an admittedly touristy restaurant on such a popular day. We'll make a point to go back, though maybe not very often.
09-10-2007 22:29:22 | More by sasquashed
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Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, OR
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