Last September, Pelican Brewingannounced that it would build a new brewpub on Siletz Bay in Lincoln City, Oregon. Now the brewery is set to break ground at the former home of The Bay House Restaurant with an anticipated opening in early 2021.
The twenty-four-year-old brewpub continues to dominate the Oregon Coast with its beginnings in Pacific City. More recently, Pelican Brewing has opened a production brewery in Tillamook and another brewpub in Cannon Beach, all located off the scenic Highway 101. In another year the brewery will bring its well-known and highly awarded beer and relaxed beach culture farther south on the Oregon Coast to Lincoln City.
The Siletz Bay brewpub will offer craft beers unique to that location from its 10-barrel brewhouse. Pelican will also bring its food menu that features locally-sourced seafood and produce along with a number of innovative features found only at Pelican Brewing—Siletz Bay.
Here are additional details from the Pelican Brewing’s press release…
“We are honored to bring the Pelican experience, our award-winning beer and innovative beer cuisine to another Central Coast market—and we are so excited to be a part of this historic destination beach town,” says Mary Jones, founder and co-owner of Pelican Brewing, Kiwanda Hospitality Group and the Nestucca Ridge Family of Companies. “We intend for our new bayfront brewpub to be a unique and memorable venue for fellow fanatics to create new traditions and special moments to revisit again and again.”
Pelican has secured the design services of the global award-winning hospitality design firm, EDGDesign, and the architectural expertise of Portland-based Jones Architecture. Both firms have collaborated with the Pelican team to create a modern coastal design that embraces the beauty of the site and Pelican’s desire to serve up an extraordinary guest experience.
According to lead architect, Alan Jones, Jones Architecture, the new brewpub is being designed as a destination venue that at once draws upon and honors the traditions of the Oregon Coast, Siletz Bay and the Pelican brand. The design was inspired by both coastal working buildings and the natural environment—the shifting tides, ever changing conditions and the dramatic views of the driftwood covered beaches called for a design solution that allowed the building t0 open up to the outside and for the outside to come in. Guests both inside the dining room as well as those seated outside on decks and boardwalks will literally feel like they are fully immersed in the atmosphere of the bay and beach.
“In addition to the contextual influences the project is also deeply rooted in the Pelican brand and experience,” says Jones. “We have worked hard to understand the Pelican culture—it’s an honor be part of the team working on this spectacular site with such great partners. We are very excited to see the Siletz Bay Pelican come to life.”
A new 10-barrel brewpub to craft exclusive brews for Siletz Bay
A 10-barrel brewhouse located adjacent to the dining room will craft most of the beer served in this brewpub and offer guests a brew-side-view of the exposed brewing operation and a chance to interact with Pelican Brewers. The brewery will function as a pilot system for creating experimental batches as well as brewing a few year-round beers just for Siletz Bay. The brewpub features 20 taps at the bar and a growler fill station located in the lobby. Pelican’s award-winning year-round beers Kiwanda Cream Ale, Beak Breaker Double IPA, Tsunami Stout and other core Pelican beers will anchor the tap line-up with creative seasonal and small batch brews on constant rotation.
Just some of the features of Pelican’s newest family-friendly brewpub include:
Open exhibition kitchen
Exposed 10-barrel brewery
Cicerone table for craft beer tastings and suggested pairings
Restaurant mezzanine with bay views
Expansive outdoor bayfront deck
Boardwalk to stroll along the bay
Plenty of patio and outdoor seating with bayfront views
Walk-up beer window for outdoor orders
Growler/Crowler Station in the lobby
Private dining rooms and event space for weddings, meetings, events, reunions
Exciting menu full of fresh and sustainable local, seasonal bounty
Specialty and core beer selections
“We have designed a destination venue that honors the compelling sense of place here on Siletz Bay—a location where guests will enjoy carefully crafted beer and food pairings while interacting with the stunning natural surroundings like the tides and driftwood beaches, ocean breezes and a boardwalk to enjoy it all,” says Jim Prinzing, CEO, Pelican Brewing Company. “The Siletz Bay location will boast a dramatic and modern, clean design that integrates the incredible beauty of this stretch of the coast and brings the outside in for a memorable dining experience. We want guests to consider the venue a place where they can grab a beer on the deck overlooking the bay, dine with the kids inside, or walk around enjoying the myriad amenities and views we have planned—it’s a setting that invites guests to move around and come and go as they please.”
Pelican, which is one of Oregon’s fastest growing craft breweries, brings new living wage jobs to this coastal town and welcomes applicants interested in joining their family-oriented culture. Applications are available here. Pelican has a Living Wage Policy to ensure employees are making a minimum of $15 per hour worked.
“We are honored that Pelican Brewing selected Lincoln City for their newest brewpub and we welcome them as a new attraction, an engine of economic development and a marketing partner,” says Ed Dreistadt, director, Explore Lincoln City. “We also can’t wait to experience the stunning view of Siletz Bay from their new location. Having such a well-established Oregon brand locate here is a big win for Lincoln City.”
Public will be invited to a Groundbreaking Celebration in the future
Pelican plans to host a Groundbreaking Celebration for its newest Siletz Bay location once all concerns regarding the Coronavirus and COVID-19 are mitigated.
“Our Groundbreaking event was previously scheduled for March 19th but will be postponed due to Coronavirus/Covid-19, as this would be a high traffic event. The public will be invited to the celebration in the future,” says Prinzing.
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.