Oregon brewery repeats in Australia

Pelican Pub & Brewery leads U.S. winners in International Awards

May 10, 2005 - Oregon's Pelican Pub & Brewery scored a trifecta in the Australian International Beer Awards, capturing Grand Champion Beer, Champion International Brewery and Champion Ale with its Doryman's Dark Ale.


"I'm absolutely thrilled and amazed to win such a huge award again," said Darron Welch, head brewer of the Pelican Pub & Brewery, "For Doryman's Dark Ale to be chosen as the best beer among 885 international beers is an honor. To win Champion International Brewery on top of that, well, it just doesn't get much better."

"In Australia we call this a trifecta," said director of judges Rob Grieg. This is the first time a brewery has won three major awards in one year.

Pelican also won Grand Champion Beer at the AIBA in 2004 for India Pelican Ale.

Pelican entered seven beers in the competition, winning three gold medals and four silvers. Boston Beer Co. captured the most awards, taking home 19 medals, including two golds. Boston Beer won a trophy for Champion Porter with Samuel Adams Holiday Porter.

Other U.S. breweries entered included Rogue Ales of Oregon (nine medals, two gold); BridgePort Brewing of Oregon (seven medals, one gold), Spoetzl Brewery (Shiner beers) of Texas (five medals) and Firestone-Walker of California (three medals, one gold).

The Australian International Beer Awards is the third largest annual professional beer competition in the world.

"To win a medal of any color at this competition is a great honor," said Paula Johnston, BridgePort marketing manager. "To bring home seven medals, one for each beer entered, is overwhelming! We are particularly pleased with the gold medal for our newest ale, Ropewalk, which joins our outstanding lineup of beers that are resolute in their quality."

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