Located on the banks of the Columbia River in Hood River is pFriem Family Brewers. Established in 2012 this brewery may be new to the Hood River beer scene when compared to Full Sail Brewing and Double Mountain Brewing but they are kicking out quality beers and have a location you can’t beat. Who doesn’t like a view of the river while you are drinking beer? There is inside and outside seating, neither of which are dog-friendly, although there is a “dog parking spot” located outside the front door. I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not, but there was a water bowl there, so maybe I could have parked Boomer and Jovi there while I went inside for a few beers. There is a dog-friendly park across the street from the brewery if you want to stretch your dog’s legs before or after you enjoy some beer.
During my visit, the tasting room was packed full of people. According to online reviews, this seems to be the norm. The tasting room is outfitted with tables and bar seating overlooking fermenting tanks. I was able to squeeze in at the bar, one of the benefits of being a solo traveler. We can be basically be squeezed in anywhere.
I ordered a tasting flight of 6 beers of the 12 that were offered. The flight arrived in a wooden box with the beers lined up awaiting consumption. My first taste was the Blonde IPA with a 6.25% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and a 50 International Bittering Unit (IBU). It is pretty rare to see a blonde IPA so had to give this a try. This beer is not overly hoppy for an IPA but has good flavor with a nice collection of hops: Chinook, Cascade, Equinox, and Simcoe giving the beer a nice rounded group of citrus flavors
The IPA was my next taste with a 7.2% ABV and a 65 IBU. This beer has a delightful grapefruit flavor and a powerful hop punch leaving you a bold bitter finish. Hops used are the Chinook, Mosaic, Citra and Warrior.
Down Under IPA was my next taste. With a 7.2% ABV and 65 IBU this beer is full of flavors not commonly found in beer such as strawberry, passion fruit and kiwi and pairs it up with the more common flavors of huckleberry and citrus. The hops used are Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Ella, and Topaz. This beer was a tasty surge of fruit and citrus. The unique flavors definitely make this beer stand out.
The Helles was up next. This pilsner style beer has a 4.8% ABV and a 25 IBU with a decent amount of flavor for its style. This would be a good gateway beer to introduce your macro-beer loving friends into the micro-beer world.
My next taste was the Saison with a 6.5% ABV and a 32 IBU. This beer was peppery to the taste sticking to its farmhouse roots. Tasting notes from the brewery list guava and kumquat, but I did not pick up on that… although I probably wouldn’t know what kumquat tasted like if it was in there.
The Wit was my final taste with a 5.1% ABV and an 18 IBU. This style reminds me a lot of the Saison as it has some spiciness to it coming from the coriander and coriander’s old buddy the orange. The combo makes for a long lasting friendship. Hops used were the German Tettnang giving this beer a floral and spicy combination.
After finishing up my beers I took the dogs out for a walk along the Hood River Waterfront Trail. It was the least I could do after they sat in the car staring out at the river. It probably killed Boomer that I didn’t let him go swimming. I did, however, stop at Multnomah Falls further down the highway and let Boomer and Jovi drag me up the hillside to the bridge. They enjoyed that immensely!
pFriem Family Brewers is located at 707 Portway Ave #101 Hood River.