Pacific City, Oregon (September 24, 2018)—Pelican Brewing Company was awarded a silver medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival(GABF) competition for its English-style IPA, Silverspot. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 102 beer-style categories were just announced at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. 

Silverspot IPA returns from the vault with its brilliant gold color, toasty biscuit-like flavor and assertively complex hop aroma. Pelican brewers selected the blend of Sterling, Fuggle and Meridian hops, focusing on herbal, floral, spicy and tangerine-like characters to create this highly drinkable English-style IPA:  

ABV: 6%   |  IBU: 55   |  PLATO: 13.7º

“I’m so proud of the staff and teamwork we have at Pelican Brewing Company—this is such a fantastic recognition of all the hard work that everyone here at Pelican does day after day,” said Darron Welch, founding Brewmaster at Pelican Brewing Company.  “Silverspot is such a delicious IPA and winning a third silver medal for it at the Great American Beer Festival just takes that success to a whole different level.”

Welch continues to be one of the most decorated brewers in the Pacific Northwest, earning well over 450 medals including several Gold Medals this year alone at the World Beer Cup, Australian International Beer Awards and North American Beer Awards.

The Professional Judge Panel awards gold, silver or bronze medals that are recognized around the world as symbols of brewing excellence. These awards are among the most coveted in the industry.

The Great American Beer Festival invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing the brand name, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the Great American Beer Festival Judge Panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.

The 2018 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 293 expert judges from 8,496 entries, received from 2,404 U.S. breweries, plus 101 Pro-Am and 49 Collaboration entries.

“The 32nd edition of the GABF competition yielded a remarkable turnout of the country’s most exemplary beers,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “I’m continuously impressed by contenders’ talent and passion and would like to extend congratulations to this year’s winners for their excellence in brewing.”

For more GABF competition information, including the 2018 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com.

For a list of all of Pelican’s award-winning beer, click here.