Perfect Storm Hits the Oregon Coast

After taking home a few medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, Pelican Pub and Brewery of Pacific City, Oregon has announced that they will be selling two delectable seasonals on Friday October 30, 2009. The Perfect Storm (not to be confused with an Oakshire multi-hop beer of the same name) Barleywine and the GABF bronze medal winning MacPelican Wee Heavy Ale will both be available on this date. Garnering so much popularity and hype, the Perfect Storm, a rendition of the brewery’s Stormwatcher barleywine that has spent four months on bourbon, is available for pre-order; according to the brewery’s promotions, the beer is selling out like hot cakes…even at $20 (case orders by mail only for $200 for twelve 22 ounce bottles). No description is available since we’ve only received the press release and have not yet sampled the beer. More information to come if we try it. Here’s more from the brewery:

The Oregon Coast is famous for its winter storms. Exciting, tumultuous, captivating, their allure is unmistakable. But on rare occasions, there’s one both mighty and generous. Just such a one is what inspired The Perfect Storm. Based on Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, our English-style barleywine, The Perfect Storm spent four months aging in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon barrels. Now at its peak, The Perfect Storm delivers flavors of deep toasted malt, bourbon and oak. The finish rewards with whispers of vanilla, toffee and caramel. Best enjoyed with gusts exceeding 60 mph.

The Perfect Storm was first released in 2009 and won a Gold medal in the Scotch Ale & Barleywine category at its first awards showing, the Australian International Beer Awards. I have a high res photo of the bottle, so just let me know if you would like me to send it along. The Perfect Storm can be bought on site a the Pelican in Pacific City or can be shipped. To order, please contact Ken Henson at or by phone at 503-965-7007.

According to the brewpub’s PR company, the Pelican Pub & Brewery is releasing a limited quantity of its barrel aged barleywine on October 30. Due to the high demand of this beer, the Pelican has already pre-sold 60 cases and only 60 cases are left.