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Pelican Pub & Brewery
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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr.
phone: (503) 965-7007
Sunday - Thursday
8am until 10pm
Friday & Saturday
8am until 11pm
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I made a point to stop here on my recent trip down the coast of Oregon. In fact I stayed across the street in the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. What a great setting a inn you can stay at which is across the street from a pub on a beach on the Pacific Ocean. That is why I give high marks to the atmosphere. It tends to get crowded during the day at lunch when many passersby who were out near on the beach stop in. The busyness and noise are the only slight downmarks I give for the atmosphere. The beer selection is solid. Not too many unique or innovative beers but a solid line-up. The food was pretty good. I had the asiago cheese vegetarian sandwich which was really good. The price was reasonable. It cost $38 for two of us with one beer. A little splurge but not bad for the quality of experience you get. The $5 mega pint is worth it. 50 cents more gets you a bigger pint.
The service was a little slow. It took about 30 minutes to get served. I know it was crowded but it could have been a little better. There is carryout beer available. The pub won brewer of the year at the GABF in 2000 and has won several other medals at GABF.
I wish I could have sat and tried more beers. A must stop on the Oregon coast.
07-10-2005 17:50:40 |
More by mjohn27603
United Kingdom (Scotland)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This place is remarkable. It has a tremendous location by the beach on a beautiful stretch of the Oregon coast with a view of Haystack Rock and a nearby headland.
I had already tried the Tsunami Stout and the IPA before my visit, so I knew this place turned out some great beer, but I was a tad disappointed with the other selections in their reasonably priced taster tray (seven 3oz glasses). I wasn't impressed by the malts in their ESB, Red and Scottish Style Ale. That said I wouldn't turn my nose up at any of these beers anywhere else. My expectations were very high. My judgement on the beer was likely somewhat impaired by the seven hours of far too bright daylight which remained!
I didn't eat. My friend had some clam chowder which he wasn't overly impressed with, but I noticed a few other healthy portions of good looking bar food which the menu suggested was rather more pricey than the beer, but not horrendously so. The service was decent, but a little slow.
If you are travelling along the coast this is a great stop for decent beer (I suppose it has to compete with Rogue further south in Newport) and if you are looking for brewpubs in stellar locations, well, this is the best one I've found.
05-27-2005 00:19:29 |
More by charlatan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4
Went hre to day to pick up a case of Tsunami Stout for a trade. So thought I would at least go in for a pint.
The place was very very busy for early Friday afternnon in the end of March, this place must be mobbed on a summer weekend.
Anyway the building itself is most impressive and blends well with the breathtaking scenery.
Inside the bar area is large with plenty seats and tables, very nicelly decorated, looks like cherry wood in the bar with a dark stain, nice lighting.
The beer selection was good and all Pelican ,not a macro in site, which seemed to bother the dork sitting next to me at the bar, bitchin about there being no Coors light.
Did not have any food but it looked gorgeous.
Onlycomplaint was the service..one rushed bar person was not enough, maybe they got caught of guard by the hordes of people?
Nice place for a pint and just to stare out the large windows apon the lovellyscene with Haystack rock looming large..beautiful.
03-26-2005 06:08:12 |
More by Reidrover
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Its rare to visit a pub that has as terrific a location as this. Its also rare that if you were to find such a pub, that it would be any good. I guess that makes this a pretty unique place, despite the fact that I've seen it on a weekly basis from my local TV station's weather cam. Sitting right on the beach with odd dunes and sediment ridges to the north, Haystack rock just off shore, and surfers braving the cold winter water. We were there early and the bright light washed the dark wooded room in a somewhat eerie way that was very reminiscent of the UK.
The production brewery is also nestled into the building and is mostly visible as you enter the pub. Its always satisfying to see the source of your beer. Especially when the beer is as incredible as Pelican's.
The staff we encountered were more than helpful and seemed to know more than enough about the product to make recommendations. That's a minimum, I would think, but they were great.
01-24-2005 01:58:29 |
More by freed
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
We had the pleasure of Visiting the Pelican Pub and Brewery on our recent vacation to the Pacific Northwest, and it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. I have to say, this place has the most fantastic and beautiful location of any brewery, brewpub, or even restaurant I've visited. The brewpub sits out on a little cape on the Oregon coast, literally right on the beach. Directly in front of the brewpub out in the water is a huge sea-stack, which if you're sitting outside you can sit and watch the whales swim around. Off to the right are humongous sand dunes and cliffs, complete with a sea-cave and tide pools at the foot. Great place to see even if there wasn't a brewpub there.
Inside of the brewpub is spacious but comfortable, excellent view of the brew room. We were lucky to be there when they were bottling the latest batch of Tsunami Stout, so we got to pick up a couple fresh as can be bottles. Nice outdoor patio overlooking the beach, we sat out there. Some overly friendly (hungry, fat) seagulls were waddling around the tables but they didnt really bother anyone. Service was very prompt and friendly, our waitress seemed to be well familiar with the beers and food.
The food was decent brewpub food, not spectacular but good comfort food. Beers were excellent to phenomenal. We enjoyed a few while we were there, with the India Pelican ale and Tsunami Stout big winners. The brewpub also has a very well stocked gift shop, with plenty of brewery merchandise, bombers of whatevers been brewed recently, etc. My fiancé was happy to see that they even had a few girls shirts, often a rarity at breweries. We left Pelican, full, happy, and much lighter in the wallet after having lunch, beers, and visiting the gift shop but no complaints from us. Great place, stop by if you can!
10-07-2004 02:01:15 |
More by mikeys01
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is an almost fancy place. I say almost because the décor is uniformly dignified and the menu is accommodating to folks with credit cards seeking more than pub fare. But the immediate proximity to the beach assures a steady influx of surfer dudes, bikers, people wearing thongs, and lots of sandy-pants kids. The adjacent boat ramp and parking lot team with kayaks on car roofs, a few clunker old motor homes (like mine) and people who really need a shower (also, like me). This mélange of surfers, tourists, fishermen, and locals keeps the Pelican Pub lively and informal.
Pelican has garnered more international brewing awards than anyone can count including an unprecedented three time GABF Brewpub of The Year and Australian International Grand Champion. Though I dont emphasize such awards, Im inclined to say that all such accolades are deserved. They feature five regular pours of Anglo-Celtic and American beer styles and three seasonals. Their legendary Tsunami Stout is served on nitro through an English spinner to aerate the beer. A portion of sales supports relief agencies aiding victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster. Pelican sells growlers and one-liter bottles at their gift counter near the door. They also fill a full line of magnums and bombers though recent shifts in their distribution network have curtailed availability.
Actually, most of their beers are not distributed at all though they would easily be devoured anywhere in the Willamette Valley. Pelican brews with a 15 bbl kettle and has a total fermentation capacity of four 15 bbl and two 30 bbl fermenters. I know their production capacity is limited and they have little room for expansion. (Theyve already expanded once and the physical limitations of being next to the ocean are obvious.) But youd think they could smile upon the greater Willamette market every now and then with a little more than just their surplus saison and grand cru. This kind of bugs me, to tell you the truth. But its hard to argue with market forces if Pelican can sell all it brews at the pub where markup is highest. (Buy me a pint and Ill be glad to make this argument.)
I had their Tower of Rings for my supper. This vertical stack of beer battered onion rings on a pole makes for an amusing visual presentation. The rings were thick and tasty. Pelican derives much of its seafood menu from Pacific Citys famed dory fleet, said to be the only commercial dory fleet still operating in the U.S. The dories are perilously small, flat-bottomed skiffs that launch from Cape Kiwanda and fish the nearby Pacific. The fish in your fishnchips may have originated with the dorymen who beach their craft on nearby sands and walk directly to the restaurant to sell their catch. Ive returned on multiple occasions to find the food and beer consistently appealing, though service can oscillate between charmed and abysmal.
Prices, especially for beer, are steep. Yes, the beer is awesome, but $5 pints and $15 magnums of saison are unjustifiably out of step with regional standards. Admittedly, Ill dish out $15 for a bottle of Stormwatchers, but only once, and youll hear me grumble when I do.
Bottom line: a must visit.
07-31-2004 20:33:49 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
Pelican Pub and Brewery is at a key location...right on the coast off of a heavily-used public parking lot used by boaters and beach-strollers. Views of Haystack rock and the wave-carved sandstone cliffs can be had from your seat. My visit occured during remodeling/expansion (done in June 2004)..the dining area/bar were perfectly intact, but the rest of the place was in ruins. The menus was condensed, but had everything I could want from a pub. We only had a basket of fries...beer battered and tasty. We ordered a tasting tray of all of the beers they had available. The Tsunami stout was the clear winner, but the cream ale, India Pelican Ale, and the Doryman were also quite excellent. A great outdoor location to stop for a little dune adventure, with some good pub and grub to refuel you afterwards.
04-12-2004 06:27:05 |
More by HiroProtagonist
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Pelican has a great location right on the Pacific Ocean near Haystack Rock in Pacific City, Oregon. There is a lot of parking since they are right on the beach.
The restaurant/brewpub has lots of windows and natural light, which works nicely with their large dark wooden bar and booths. They have one of the prettier bars I've seen.
The brewery is visible through glass doors with all their Great American Beer Festival medals displayed, too. There are also many surfboards hanging from the ceiling since there's a lot of surfing on the Oregon Coast.
You can read all my reviews of their excellent ales elsewhere on this site. I won't go into them here except to say that they are quite good.
They were getting ready for the 2003 GABF on the September weekday I was there and were too busy to give a tour. Bummer.
They serve fancier food than most normal pub fare. And after visiting a lot of brewpubs, this was a nice change. I had a veggie wrap. Mushrooms, veggies, asiago cheese. It was good.
My server was curious about all the notes I was taking on the beer sampler. I tried to set his mind at ease by telling him I wasn't a professional reviewer. The service was fine.
I love Oregon beer and Pelican is great example of why that state's brews are renowned.
10-12-2003 04:24:41 |
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