Pelican Brewing plans 2021 Lincoln City opening

The proposed Pelican Brewing Company pub on the Siletz Bay is slated to open in early 2021, though the groundbreaking celebration has been postponed by coronavirus concerns. Plans are shown here in an artist’s renderings. (Courtesy photos)

Pelican Brewing Company has announced its plans for a brewpub on the Siletz Bay in Lincoln City, with plans to open in early 2021. In addition to building an entirely new structure, Pelican will bring jobs that pay a minimum of $15 per hour, thanks to its Living Wage Policy.

“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,” said Explore Lincoln City director Ed Dreistadt. “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.”

As for the beer, there’s plenty planned for Lincoln City customers to enjoy. In addition to featuring 20 taps and a growler fill station, the company plans to situate a 10-barrel brewhouse next to the dining room, providing diners with an opportunity to view the brewing operation and interact with Pelican brewers. Of course, those who prefer fresh air will have the option of dining on a sizable deck with an expansive view of the Siletz Bay.

“We have designed a destination venue that honors the compelling sense of place here on Siletz Bay,” said Pelican Brewing Company CEO Jim Prinzing, “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.”

EDG Design and Jones Architecture are collaborating with the Pelican Brewing team to create the Siletz Bay location, which will be built on the plot of the now-demolished Bay House Restaurant. Bay House Proprietor Steve Wilson gave customers a chance to loot the old Bay House location in February before it was razed. The Bay House continues operations in a new location: 179 Siletz River Road, Lincoln City.

While the bird-branded brewing company initially announced that the new brewpub will be open to the public in early 2021, some of the timeline has already disrupted by coronavirus concerns and social distancing guidelines.

“Our groundbreaking event was previously scheduled for March 19 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,” Prinzing said.

Per a press release issued this month, the groundbreaking will still take place this spring, but the public will have to wait for a future celebration of the event.

Additionally, on March 21, Pelican issued a statement online announcing that all Pelican Brewing locations were closed immediately “to help control the spread of COVID-19 and protect our employees, our community and the greater good.”

More information about Pelican Brewing Company is available online at https://pelicanbrewing.com.

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