Pelican Pub and Brewery, a wonderfully hidden gem on the Pacific coast in Oregon’s beautiful Pacific City, is making waves of their own with the release of Mother of All Storms. The third release of this beer, it was known as The Perfect Storm for its inaugural release in 2008 and the following release in 2009 before changing its name to Mother of All Storms for the 2010 vintage.
The beer is so good that I honestly don’t know where to start. Based on Pelican’s Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, Pelican’s English-style barleywine, Mother of All Storms spent four months aging in 1998 Evan Williams bourbon barrels until Pelican’s brewmaster Darron Welch deemed that it was ready. Nearing release, The Mother Of All Storms delivers flavors of deep toasted malt, bourbon, and oak. The finish rewards with whispers of vanilla, toffee and caramel. It’s best enjoyed with gusts exceeding 60 mph” read the press release.
How can you get your bottles of Mother of All Storms? Good question. Last year I was able to simply call the brewery a few days after the release, place an order, and a week later it was at my door. This year, however, people have caught on to how awesome Pelican is and they’re not going to get caught sleeping as this release passes them by. With this release, you can still call them but only to put your name on a list. The best way to guarantee that you receive your Mother of All Storms is to attend “Mother’s Day” on November 19th at the brewpub in Pacific City, Oregon. From here, it will sell until December 1st and then the brewpub will assess and evaluate their stocks of Mother of All Storms and if the numbers allow, they will begin to fulfill reservations people made over the phone in the order that they were received. Judging from the chatter on beer websites, there were a LOT of calls placed. Only 240 cases will be sold and if last year’s price was any indication of what we can expect this year, it will be $20 per 22 ounce bottle.
Pelican is also offering a package that guarantees your bottles and you can avoid the hassle of waiting in line. The “Mother’s Day package” includes the night of November 18th at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, a case of Mother of All Storms delivered to your room, and a limited edition Mother of All Storms t-shirt. For more information and pricing, contact Inn at Cape Kiwanda
This is a beer I simply can’t wait for and sadly I called in too late and probably won’t be able to get my bottles by relying on my name on a list. As of now, it looks like I will be driving 12 hours to get mine. Mother of All Storms will also be a featured beer in Mutineer Magazine Issue 14 which will be on newsstands nationwide the beginning of November, so be on the lookout for that as well.
For more information on the release, visit Pelican Pub and Brewery’s website.