With outposts along the Oregon Coast in Pacific City, Tillamook and Cannon Beach, Pelican Brewingwill expand with a new brewpub on Siletz Bay in Lincoln City, Oregon. The brewer will take over the location that is currently home to The Bay House, a restaurant overlooking the coast located at 5911 SW Hwy 101.
The Bay House has a long history in Lincoln City in a building that dates back to 1937 and will soon relocate and expand its footprint at a new nearby location. As soon as this relocation takes place, Pelican Brewing will rebuild on this site that will contain a small brewery, most likely a 10-barrel brewhouse along the lines of what is at its Tillamook location with a full restaurant.
“We are in the planning stages of designing an innovative new brewpub that will bring a unique dining option to Lincoln City and we are delighted to follow the incredible legacy of The Bay House restaurant at this beautiful site on the coast—we wish them well as they expand their hospitality offerings,” said Mary Jones, founder and owner of Pelican Brewing, Kiwanda Hospitality Group and the Nestucca Ridge Family of Companies, in a statement. “Whether it’s brewing award-winning beer, innovating new beer cuisine or creating a new venue for guests to enjoy the magnificence of the Oregon Coast, we are all about creating great guest experiences. This new brewpub will enable us to do just that while bringing a new dining and entertainment experience to the Central Coast.”
Pelican Brewing is currently working with global award-winning hospitality design firm, EDG, and Portland-based architectural firm Jones Architecture. Both firms are committed to collaborating with the Pelican team to create an exceptionally designed space that embraces the beauty of the site and Pelican’s desire to create an extraordinary guest experience. If all goes as planned, the goal is to break ground on the site in early 2020 with a planned opening in early 2021.
“Pelican Brewing Company, its owners, and team are well-respected, and they will be an active community partner in Lincoln City hospitality and tourism—we welcome them to this special location,” said Steve Wilson, long-time proprietor at The Bay House, in a statement. “We have been planning to expand our offerings to include overnight lodging in addition to the restaurant venue, and we are now engaged in negotiations to move to an outstanding spot not far from here. With the same staff, the same menu concepts, the same dedication to our art, and the same attitude of hospitality, we expect to be ready for business by early next year.”
But this isn’t the only expansion taking place at Pelican Brewing. The brewer also expects to expand its Tillamook production brewery. Pelican currently brews 40,000 barrels of beer a year on a 30-barrel brewhouse. The expansion will see the installation of a larger brewhouse in Spring of 2020 that will allow capacity growth upwards of 100,000 barrels while maintaining the flexibility of the smaller 30-barrel brewhouse.
“It is very important for us to remain flexible and innovative as we grow,” said Jim Prinzing, chief executive officer, Pelican Brewing Company, in a statement. “The expansion plan we are bringing together allows us to grow capacity to stay ahead of the demand curve but also gives us the agility that we need to continue brewing a ready supply of small batch, barrel aged, and experimental beers that our fans love.”
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.