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Pelican PubLocated on the beach on the Oregon coast, The Pelican Pub and Brewery has a great view, great food and even greater beers.  In 2006, it won the Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival.   My brother in law took me there and it lived up to his bragging.

I had a flight of the brews (Kiwanda Cream Ale, MacPelican’s Scottish Style Ale, India Pelican Ale, Doryman’s Dark Ale, Tsunami Stout and Riptide Red Ale).  My favorite was the Tsunami Stout, Doryman’s Dark Ale and the India Pelican Ale.  The Stout is full bodied with a dark aroma and a very creamy head.  The  Doryman’s Dark was surprising as it was lighter than what I was expecting.  My favorite was the India Pelican Ale.  A nice dark gold color , a great Hop aroma and an awesome IPA that you can savor the Hops in each drink.  My brother in law’s favorite is the Kiwanda Cream Ale, which is very creamy, as you would expect.

For lunch we started with Calamari and the Tower of Rings.  The creole remoulade is fantastic.  For lunch I had the Bangers-N-Mash which were pretty good.  The homemade mustard definitely made the sausages better.

The service was very good, as it was packed for lunch, but we had about a 3 minute wait before we were seated and after we ordered the food came out very quickly.  When we asked about the brews, our waitress was very knowledgeable and suggested the flight when we were talking about which one to try.  The view is on the coast and you can see watch the people playing on the beach while watching the waves roll in.  I think it would be a great view at night while enjoying the brews.  Oh and the best thing?  You can take home any of the brews they have on stock.  So take a trip to Oregon, and bring a big sack to take home and try every one of the brews.

Food                                    4 Dancing Livers

Atmosphere                       5 Dancing Livers

Brews                                  5 Dancing Livers

Service                                4 Dancing Livers

Total                                    4.5 Dancing Livers

One of my all time and old time favorites was The Gingerman in Dallas.  I found out there was one in Fort Worth ( http://ftworth.gingermanpub.com ), so my girlfriend and I went and checked it out.  If you like many different types of beers, then The Gingerman is for you.  They have 67 beers on tap and over 100 more in bottles.  Most of the draught beers are reasonably priced at $4.75 per pint and the selection is fantastic.  Since it was the first of October, they had 5 different Oktoberfests in which we sampled them all.

October is a great season in Texas, so we sat on the patio for the evening.  The service was good considering it was busy, but not packed and we never longed for beers.  The patio allows people to bring their dogs, so there were quite a few people outside with their mutts.

They have a food menu with 4 sandwiches, some sides, 3 salads and “solids”.  We weren’t very hungry so we chose from the solids.  We had the German Bratwurst, the Spinach and Artichoke Dip and some of the Route 11 potato chips.  The homemade kettle chips come in all different flavors and we tried the sweet potato chips which were very tasty.  The Bratwurst tasted good but it was rather small.  The Spinach and Artichoke dip was great.  I definitely will have that when I go there again.

Overall, I love this pub and highly recommend dropping by for a pint or 5.

Beer Selection             5 Dancing Livers

Food                            3 Dancing Livers

Atmosphere                 4 Dancing Livers

Service                        3 Dancing Livers

Overall                         4 Dancing Livers

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