Editors Note: Thanks to Beer & Pig reader Billy Hanley for submitting this article with all the info on Cigar City & Great Lakes’ collaboration brew. If you’re in Ohio & Florida they definitely seem worth your time. Enjoy!
In a press release back on April 18th, Cigar City Brewing and Great Lakes Brewing Company announced that they would be working on a collaboration beer set called Wandering Pelican. Cigar City Brewmaster Wayne Wambles was in Ohio the week of April 14th to start work on the Wandering Pelican Black Lager. Great Lakes brewmasters traveled to Tampa the week of April 21st to begin collaboration on Wandering Pelican Black Ale.
Well, the wait is over. On May 19th, Cigar City released the Wandering Pelican Black Ale in 12oz cans, to limited distribution in Florida. Portions of release party proceeds will go to benefit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.
Then on May 20th, Great Lakes Brewing Company released Wandering Pelican Black Ale in 22oz bottles, available in the GLBC gift shop only with a limited amount on draft throughout GLBC’s market. Hopefully we see one keg make its way down here, but a road trip may be in order.
When asked about the name the press release states: “The name Wandering Pelican pays homage to a Brown Pelican who made the journey from Florida to Ohio’s Lake Erie Coast during the summer of 2013. Swapping saltwater for fresh, feeding on shad instead of mullet, this welcome stranger made Lake Erie his home for several months and became an unlikely local celebrity. Both of these beers will honor our courageous friend who wandered off the beaten path to find his home.”
Throughout all of the Cigar City collaborations: New Belgium, Coronado, Widmer Brothers, AleSmith, and probably a few others I never even knew about, I can safely say I am most excited for this team up.