Back in January we told you about a new brewery coming to Hood River, OR: Pfriem Family Brewers. (read it.) We were recently contacted by Josh and Annie Pfriem, who provided us with some exciting news. The brewery’s tasting room is scheduled to open on Saturday, August 4th. Before that, Bazi Bierbrasserie in Portland (1522 SE 32nd Ave) hosts a release party this Thursday (July 19) featuring the full lineup of beers.
Josh Pfriem’s name might seem familiar to those of you who have been paying attention to the local beer scene over the past four years. He brewed with Will Kemper at the then-fledgling Chuckanut Brewery in Bellingham and helped bring home some of the brewery’s first medals. He moved the family to Hood River a couple years ago, brewed for Full Sail, and is now busting out on his own. Josh will now dedicate his attention to brewing beers that nod to Belgian tradition without loosing their Northwest flair. We look forward to seeing what he has in store for us.
And remember, it’s pronounced “Freem.”
Here is the official press release:
Pfriem Family Brewers Announces Opening Schedule
Pfriem Family Brewers is excited to announce beer release events and the upcoming opening of their new brewery on the Columbia River waterfront in Hood River, OR. Pfriem (pronounced “Freem”) is introducing a line of beers that features Belgian-influenced ales, including a Wit, Strong Blonde, Belgo IPA, and Strong Dark, along with two Northwest favorites, an IPA and Blonde IPA. Pfriem will also be featuring a wide range of seasonal beers and is starting a barrel-aging program for a future line of Belgian sour ales.
Pfriem’s Portland release featuring the full lineup of beers is scheduled for July 19th at Bazi Bierbrasserie from 6PM to 9PM. Pfriem will also be releasing their Northwest IPA varietals at a joint event at 10 Speed Coffee and Dirty Fingers Bike Shop on July 21st in Hood River at 6:30PM.
The Pfriem Tasting Room grand opening is scheduled for August 4th. Updates on the schedule of events will be posted on the Pfriem Family Brewers Facebook page.
Pfriem’s Brewery and Tasting Room are located across from Waterfront Park in Hood River, OR, providing breathtaking views of the Columbia and the White Salmon rivers. In addition to the full line of beers, the Tasting Room will offer a Belgian-influenced menu, made with local ingredients, designed to pair well with the beer lineup.
Pfriem Family Brewers will be distributing kegs throughout Oregon in partnership with Point Blank Distribution. Pfriem is also in the process of selecting a distribution partner in the greater-Seattle region.
Award winning Brewmaster Josh Pfriem brings his experience and passion to the endless pursuit of the perfect beer. Building on his experiences at Squatters/Wasatch, Chuckanut Brewery, Full Sail and a lifetime of home brewing, Josh has realized his life-long dream of starting his own brewery and brewing the beers that are his personal passion.
About Pfriem Family Brewers:
Pfriem Family Brewers is a Northwest & Belgian inspired 15-barrel Brewery and Tasting Room in Hood River, OR. Pfriem artisanal beers are symphonies of flavor and balance, influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to our homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest.