I have been to a lot of breweries in Oregon (most of them actually), and the question that I get a lot is which is my favorite. This is no easy task, as there is so many qualifications and questions that need clarification – are we talking best beers? Best location? Best experience? Oregon has so many breweries that it’s tough to nail down just one. I will say that high on that list is Pelican Brewing, which now has three different locations along the Oregon Coast.
The most iconic of those locations is their brewpub on the beach in Pacific City, and their newest is a brewery/restaurant in Cannon Beach. However, their brewery and taproom location in downtown Tillamook was my first foray into their beer and holds a special place in my heart.
At the inaugural Pelican Brewing Salmon Run, there will be a 10k and 5k, both of which will be out-and-backs beginning at the brewery. Runners will head south through town on Stillwell Avenue and link up with Tillamook River Road. The 5k will turn around near Matejack Road while the 10k runners will continue further and head a bit west on Burton-Fraser Rd. The race map shows 1 aid station for the 5k and 4 for the 10k (2 stations, each passed twice). There should be no shortage of hydration before the real beer hydration begins.
Afterwards, there will be brewery tours, live music, and plenty of space to kick back and enjoy some brews before heading home. To avoid making Tillamook crushed with cars, free shuttles will take runners to and from Tillamook County Fairgrounds.
All participants will receive:
- Race Shirt
- Pint Glass
- (If 21+) Free pint of Five Fin Pilsner – a very delicious beer OR Pelican Root Beer for those under or non-drinking participants
The race’s charity partner is The Salmon SuperHWY, which is working to restore access to almost 180 miles of blocked Salmon habitat in Tillamook and Nestucca.
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