Finding inspiration from both a classic cocktail and a modern-day classic movie, Pelican Brewing Company will release The Brewed Abides—White Russian-inspired Milk Stout this weekend.
Taking its name and flavor profile from the Coen Brothers’ film, The Big Lebowski, this beer is part of Pelican’s Small Batch Series and will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles. The cocktail of choice in the film from the main character, Jeffery Lebowski is a White Russian or otherwise known in the film as a Caucasian. The brewers at Pelican brewed up a beer that emulates this famous cocktail.
The Brewed Abides is a milk stout that’s brewed with fresh roasted coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla beans. Its described as pouring a chocolate color with dense off-white foam and entices the senses with an aromatic bouquet of coffee, dark chocolate and a subtle hint of vanilla. The beer is brewed using Pale ale malt, C-75 malt, Blackprinz malt, Lactose, Magnum hops, Willamette hops, Costa Rican coffee beans, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, pure coastal water, and pure ale yeast abide. The result is an intense, rich flavor with hints of coffee, caramel maltiness and a velvety mouthfeel. The Brewed Abides sits at 7% ABV and 25 IBUs.
“Creating The Brewed Abides has been an exciting challenge—getting all the different flavors to harmonize with each other was a real balancing act but the team nailed it,” said Darron Welch, founding brewmaster at Pelican Brewing Company. “Our goal was to evoke the flavors of a White Russian while still remaining true to the beer in overall balance and drinkability. This year’s Lone Pelican series will really stretch the creative ingenuity of the Pelican team as they integrate the flavors of different cocktails into beer.”
When Pelican Brewing Company launched the Lone Pelican Small Batch Series its intention was to introduce limited-production beers that explore new techniques, ingredients and under-represented beer styles. However, for this year Pelican will introduce a new segment of beers with its new bold Cocktail Collection.
“It took some finessing to get all of the flavors to abide but the end result is a delightful and smooth drinkable beer,” said Coren Tradd, Pelican brewer who created the recipe for The Brewed Abides, in a statement. “What is so remarkable about Pelican beers is that we don’t take the path of least resistance—we take calculated risks exploring diverse and contrasting flavors. We worked really hard to get this beer just right, and I cannot wait to taste this one.”
The Brewed Abides—White Russian-inspired Milk Stout will be released on Friday, February 22nd at Pelican Brewing in Tillamook, Oregon located at 1708 1st Street. All guests who order a pint of The Brewed Abides from 4PM – 6PM will be entered to win a 16oz DrinkTanks.
Pelican is not the only local brewery to brew a beer that honors Jeffery Lebowski. Vertigo Brewing has been brewing The Dude, a barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout for many years. Coincidently, Vertigo will release its draft only offering that’s aged in Big Bottom Distilling barrels this weekend on Saturday, February 23rd at its brewery’s tasting room.