Beerstitution Volume 52: PELICAN

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Welcome to Pelican, the bar where everyone knows your name… or at least your drink order.

Anna and I discovered Pelican last year ahead of St. Paddy’s Day. At the time, nothing stood out. Their offerings were lacking, all of your typical imports. However, we went back this spring and were pleasantly surprised.

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And this doesn’t even capture their awesome patio! C/o Eater Montreal

✔️ Beau’s Kissmeyer and All Day IPA on tap!

✔️ Boreal’s North East IPA on tap!

✔️ Unlimited popcorn!

✔️ Dog friendly patio and interior!

✔️ Fifty Shades of Grey bathroom buddy!

It has quickly become our drinking hole where they’ll drop off a pint of Boreal’s North East IPA before we’ve even sat down. So following in the tradition, everyone started off with the best beer o’ the year (according to ). With our whistled whetted, more serious beers were afoot.

The Contenders

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  • Anna: Gawa Estra Dry (Lac St Jean)
  • Chris: Ippon (Oshlag)
  • Dan: Nord-est IPA (Shelton)
  • Nick: Funk et Furie (Avant-Garde)
  • Val: Stout Blanc (Oshlag)
  • Dave: Brett, Pas Brett (L’espace publique)
  • Corey: Milkshake Stout (Vox)
  • Kristen: Holy Shit (Pelican)

Anna: Gawa Estra Dry (Lac St. Jean)

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Nick Anna Kristen Dan Chris Val Dave Corey Average
2.5 2.5 3.5 2 3 2 3 3 2.7

“I very clearly have a soul” – Dan

“Has a nose the body does not fulfill” – Dan

“A little bit medicinal” – Kristen

“It’s like 3 different groups made it: Beer, label, description” – Nick

Chris: Ippon (Oshlag)

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Nick Anna Kristen Dan Chris Val Dave Corey Average
3 3 2 2 1 2 2.5 3.5 2.4

“Eternal rival to the previous beer”

“Like candied ginger” – Chris

“If you’re sick, this is what you should drink” – Val

“Like Crabbies” – Chris

 

Dan: Nord-est IPA (Shelton)

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Nick Anna Kristen Dan Chris Val Dave Corey Average
4 4 2.5 4 2.5 3.5 4 4 3.6

“It’s a beer” – Kristen

“Tight bubbles, not the right body” – Kristen

Nick: Funk et Furie (Avant-Garde)

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Nick Anna Kristen Dan Chris Val Dave Corey Average
3 3.5 3 3 4 3 3 3.5 3.3

“There is no funk or Fury, but it’s drinkable” – Nick

“Brewedly interrupted” – Anna

“No bandaids or gym socks” – Dave

“Slightly gluey taste”

“Cannabis beer?” – Val

Val: Stout Blanc (Oshlag)

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Nick Anna Kristen Dan Chris Val Dave Corey Average
3 2 2 2 2 1.5 2.5 4 2.4

 “Smells sweet” – Val

“Diluted coffee” – Anna

“I quite like this” – Corey

Dave: Brett, Pas Brett (L’espace publique)

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Dave cheated and stayed out of this picture

Nick Anna Kristen Dan Chris Val Dave Corey Average
4.5 4.5 1.5 3.5 4.5 2.5 4.5 4 3.7

“Heavier, maltier” – Kristen

“Dave is lost right now” – Val

Corey: Milkshake Stout (Vox)

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Nick Anna Kristen Dan Chris Val Dave Corey Average
3.5 1 4 3.5 3 4.5 4 4 3.4

“The milkshake needs more of a grundle hop” – ???

“Mother lover is fucking awesome” – Nick

Brett Heart Foundation → Brett Hall → Brett Michaels → George Michael → Michael Bolton

 

Kristen: Holy Shit = Beer, Grapefruit, Broken Dreams (Pelican)

Nick Anna Kristen Dan Chris Val Dave Corey Average
0.5 0.5 0 0* 3 3 0 1 1.0

* At this point, Dan opted to drink a candle instead of the cocktail

“This was way much less scary than I thought” – Dan

“Oh, that’s fucked” – Kristen

“How do you spell BLAAARGH? Please don’t order that again” – Corey

“…WHY?” – Anna

“Was this a joke shot?” – Nick

“I feel like this killed my cold” – Val

The Winners

  • Overall: Brett, Pas Brett
  • Surprise: 3x tie between Brett, Pas Brett, Ippon and Holy Shit
  • Favourite: 2x tie between Brett, Pas Brett and Nord-est IPA
  • Label: Gawa Estra Dry

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