pFriem Family Brewers Expands in Halyard Building; Grows Barrel-Aging Program for 2016

Posted on Feb 08, 2016


Beginning March 1st, 2016, pFriem Family Brewers will officially occupy the entirety of the 20,000 sq. ft. Hood River Halyard building. The six year-old waterfront building is LEED silver certified and is owned by the Port of Hood River. pFriem Family Brewers originally occupied suite 101 when they opened their doors in 2012. Until recently, the building was also the home of Pocket Fuel and Real Carbon.

The Halyard building is split up into four suites. In 2012, pFriem Family Brewers started in 101 with 6,000 sq. ft. then moved into 102 in 2013. Last year they moved completely into Pocket Fuel’s space. Real Carbon relocated earlier this year, opening up their portion of the building. On February 2nd, pFriem Family Brewers was approved by the Port of Hood River to occupy the entire building. “I remember back in 2009 when the outside walls were going up on the Halyard building. I thought to myself what an amazing and beautiful place to house a brewery. We were thrilled when we signed our lease in 2011 to start building our brewery here, but it is a dream to have the whole building to grow into!” explains Brewmaster, Josh Pfriem.

The newly acquired space means big opportunities for pFriem Family Brewers. They will be able to boost their production to 20,000 annual barrels of beer in addition to expanding their barrel-aging and fruit programs. pFriem plans to release thirty-seven beer varieties in bottles throughout 2016 – eleven of those will be barrel-aged beers. The extra space lends greater possibilities for variety, creativity, and continued consistency of quality in pFriem beers. It also means more production of award winning beer, such as their GABF® silver medal winning Pilsner. Josh Pfriem expands upon his vision for the space stating, “We have built a brewers’ playground for a brewery, we have the ability to make high quality lagers, innovative hop-forward beers, Belgian-inspired beers, barrel-aged beers, and fruited beers. With this new space we will be able to brew more pFriem classics and be able continue to stretch our creative legs.”

Best of the Year in Beer 2015

Posted on Dec 30, 2015


New School Beer has named pFriem Pilsner as Oregon’s Best Beer of 2015 and gave pFriem the honorable title of Best Oregon Brewery. Brewmaster, Josh Pfriem, was also selected as runner up for Brewer of the Year.

Check out New School Beer for the full article.


pFriem Family Brewers Wins Silver Medal for Pilsner at the Great American Beer Festival®

Posted on Oct 12, 2015


pFriem Family Brewers was awarded a silver medal for their Pilsner at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in each of the competition’s beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. 

“Most brewers regard German Pilsner as one of the most challenging beers to brew. This award is a great honor to us. We are extremely humbled and proud to have medaled in such a highly regarded category.” said Josh Pfriem, Brewmaster and Co-Owner at pFriem Family Brewers.

With 100 entries from American breweries, pFriem Family Brewers was recognized in the German-Style Pilsener category for its pFriem Pilsner. The story of pilsner starts in 19th century Bohemia when a Bavarian monk smuggled a special yeast to a brewmaster in Pilsen. The story of pFriem Pilsner starts in the Pacific Northwest where it acquires the aroma of fresh grass, flowers, and a touch of honey. While there are no monks involved in this pilsner, there is still a crisp and spicy finish. pFriem Family Brewers is a 4,500 barrel brewery located in Hood River, OR that specializes in Belgian and Northwest style beers.

pFriem Family Brewers 3rd Anniversary Party

Posted on Jul 20, 2015


pFriem Family Brewers announces their 3rd Anniversary Party on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 from 4:00-9:00 pm. This celebration will happen at the Hood River Waterfront Park’s amphitheater directly across from the brewery. This event is open to the public.

pFriem‘s 3rd Anniversary Party will be a family-friendly event, featuring live music by the Portland based band “Scott Pemberton Trio” starting at 7:00 pm. The celebration will take place in the amphitheater to the north of the brewery with views of the Columbia River and easy access to the rest of Waterfront Park. In addition to live music, there will be a free bouncy house for kids from 4:00-8:00 pm, food carts, and a pFriem beer tent.

The pFriem tasting room will also be open to guests during the outdoor event. The tasting room will provide their full food menu during their regular scheduled hours 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Several food options will be available outside including food by KOi Fusion and PB&J Grilled.

It’s FINALLY here … pFriem in BOTTLES!

Posted on Mar 19, 2015


pFriem Family Brewers announces the first-ever release of pFriem beer in bottles and associated bottle premiere events. The bottle release begins locally in Hood River, OR on Friday, April 3, 2015 at pFriem Family Brewers with Portland and Seattle premieres to follow.

pFriem is set to launch 23 bottled beers throughout 2015 including: annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic Series will be offered in a capped 500ml German-style bottle while the Select Line and Barrel-Aged beers are being packaged in a corked and hooded 375ml bottle. The Barrel-Aged beers will include the long-anticipated Flanders Red and Blonde.

“This is a significant moment for pFriem Family Brewers,” explains Brewmaster & Co-Founder Josh Pfriem. “Not only does releasing bottles make it easier for folks to take home our hop forward beers and lagers, but it allows us to take our Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers to the next level. These beers are bottle conditioned, a process where we add yeast and sugar to the beer before bottling to create a beautiful secondary fermentation. This fermentation process creates a high level of carbonation, a wonderful maturation, and an exceptionally complex beer. We are eager and excited to share these beers with you!”


Hood River, OR

  • Hood River Premiere | pFriem Family Brewers | Friday, April 3, 2015

Portland, OR

  • Portland Premiere | Belmont Station | Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saraveza Bottle Tasting | Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Beermongers Bottle Tasting | Saturday April 11, 2015 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Belmont Zupan’s Market Bottle Tasting | Saturday April 11, 2015 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • 1856 Bottle Tasting | Sunday, April 19, 2015 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Bridgetown Beerhouse Bottle Tasting | Tuesday April 28, 2015 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Bend, OR

  • Crow’s Feet Commons Bottle Tasting | Wednesday April 22, 2015 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Broken-Top Bottle Shop Bottle Tasting | Friday April 24, 2015 |5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Newport Market Bottle Tasting | Saturday April 25, 2015 | 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Corvallis, OR

  • Les Caves Bottle Tasting | Wednesday April 29, 2015 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Eugene, OR

  • Bier Stein Bottle Tasting | Thursday April 30, 2015 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bellingham, WA

  • Bottle Tasting Elizabeth Station | Tuesday May 5, 2015 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Seattle, WA

  • Seattle Premiere | Chuck’s Hop Shop| 656 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117 | Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Esquin Bottle Tasing | Thursday May 7th, 2015 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • The Beer Junction Bottle Tasting | Thursday May 7th, 2015 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fircrest, WA

  • Pint Defiance Bottle Tasting | Saturday May 9 2015 | 1:00 pm – 400 pm


In addition, pFriem will be one of the first breweries to ship their beer directly to Oregon residents. Buyers will be able to purchase pFriem bottles by the case and can also configure their own custom cases through the online store. For a limited time, purchases of over $70 ship for free. Due to limited availability, the Barrel-Aged bottles will be made available in cases of six with a limit of one case per customer. Pre-sales are now available at for shipment on April 6th.

*Dates and times subject to change.