Elemental Ale has returned to the building! The much anticipated fresh hop beer from the Pelican Pub & Brewery will return on September 20, 2006.
This special, once a year beer is brewed with more than 420 pounds of freshly picked, “wet” Sterling hops from Goschie Farms in Silverton, OR. Ben Love, Brewery Manager made the drive to the Willamette Valley to hand select and bag the hops. The fresh hops were then stuffed into his Element – the namesake of the beer – and drove back to the brewery on the beach in Pacific City. The hops were only 3 hours from the vine when they went into the kettle. The balance of the hops - around 300 pounds - were put into the mash tun making it the northwest largest hop back and giving the beer a huge floral, spicy hop aroma.
This year’s version of Elemental Ale was inspired by Nigel Tufnel and his amps that go to eleven, and to celebrate Head Brewer Darron Welch’s eleven years of brewing at the Pelican Pub & Brewery. The beer features a huge floral, spicy, grassy aroma with a firm malt background and a huge, snappy hop finish. Produced using one malt, one hop variety, one yeast and pure coastal water, this is truly an elemental beer.