Oregon beer on the go

Pelican yurt

This was one of my favorite sights during our Oregon road trip last summer. A beer yurt! How great is this? An only-in-Oregon moment, for sure.

We were on the coastal portion of our trip, following a week in Bend. The yurt was at Pelican Brewery in Pacific City, at Cape Kiwanda. We worked up an appetite dune-scrambling on the cape…an absolute stunner on a coast of stunning spots.

That’s the tippy-top of Haystack Rock, just off the cape…

Cape Kiwanda, Oregon
Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

Here’s Haystack Rock in its entirety…

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda, Ore.
Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda, Ore.

Dune walking works up a powerful appetite for beer…

The dunes at Cape Kiwanda, Ore.
The dunes at Cape Kiwanda, Ore.

Following our dune climb, we had an outstanding lunch with an awesome view at Pelican Pub and Brewery. A few of their brews are award-winning, and this has gotta be one of the most scenic spots to sip.

View from dunes at Cape Kiwanda, Ore.
View from dunes at Cape Kiwanda, Ore.

But since we had to drive back to our hotel in Lincoln City, we did not imbibe. So the yurt was sure handy for picking up their seasonal brew, Surfer’s Summer Ale, which was enjoyed at a later date.

Pelican beer

I was working on this post when a friend who recently moved to Portland alerted me to an outstanding resource for Oregon beer lovers, the Willamette Week’s Annual Beer Guide. My friend also pointed out that his local Trader Joe’s sells Pelican’s Kiwanda Cream Ale and their Silverspot IPA, which he deemed delicious, as well as brews from 10 Barrel Brewing, our favorite from Bend. So jealous I can’t get those beers at my local SoCal TJ’s. Lucky Portlanders.

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