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pFriem Family Brewers

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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

707 Portway Ave
Ste 101
Hood River, Oregon, 97031-1218
United States

(541) 321-0490 | map
pfriembeer.com

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Added by msubulldog25 on 07-25-2012

BEER STATS
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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
58
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
4.51%
 
 
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N
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 58
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

everyone we talked to was like, oh man, if you are going to portland, rent a car and go to hood river so you can drink beer at pfriem! it seems like the people who know are pretty stoked on these guys, and they have absolutely every reason to be. right on the river, the place offers some cool views and a bustling brewery atmosphere. the line for beer was very long, but we got lucky with some seats at the bar. they have an open floor plan, with the tanks right there to cast shadows on the bar, some outside seating, and even more space upstairs. the beer here was amazing, of all the breweries we visited on our oregon trip, i think the beer here was the best, not that my single favorite came from here, but across the board, all the beer was amazing, no slouches at all, it was just sensational. the peach lambic was mental, and the regular saison showcasing the sorachi ace hop was another favorite, but the kriek was right on, and really they all were. from top to bottom the beer was sick. too busy to be real chatty with the bartenders, but they seemed nice enough, tough to decipher stress from pretension in a setting like that, so ill keep it all positive until next time. i liked the food a lot too, the meatballs were dynamite. awesome space and even better beer. i cant wait to visit here again! not to be missed, the locals were right!

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Photo of Penguins66
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Nice place just north of the main downtown area. It was busy during the mid-afternoon that my wife & I visited, to the extent that there was a 30-minute wait for a table. The bar area is small but we liked that they keep a corner of it free so you can walk up and order a beer. We wish more places had that. We only had one beer apiece but they were both excellent. We sat upstairs on a couple chairs. While the food menu looked good, we opted instead to leave and head for our next destination. Had we gotten a table, we probably would have stayed longer.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

pFriem's space is big, sparkling clean, airy, and close to the water. You can't exactly see the Columbia from the taproom, but it's right across the way. There's a patio for outside seating. The Kid Nook for the munchkins is a nice touch. I didn't see any kids there but it definitely puts this brewery at the top end of the kid friendly scale. No TVs, this is not a sports bar. The music was a bit loud.

The food was good to excellent. We had a spring Columbia River king salmon (primo stuff, for those of you who aren't into salmon), as well as a brat plate, and a baby kale salad. Prices were quite reasonable for the quality of the food.

The beer of course is the star attraction. pFriem's lineup is nearly all Belgian styles. They have 12 taps, 6 of which are their core lineup, and 6 are rotating seasonals. Three of the 12 were saisons, and there was a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. a Belgian Blonde, two lambics, and so forth.They offer a tasting flight of 6 x 4 ouncers, $12, with an upcharge if you pick either of the lambics. It's a great selection of beers, and fine quality across the board.

Overall, I'd say this is the best combination of interesting and high quality beer, and fine food, that I've yet had from a brewery taproom.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Right by the river with an excellent park for the kiddos. Great beers, good and helpful staff. Kid friendly with a play area. *Did not try food. Cheers!

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Photo of scottedwin
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The beer selection is top notch, and it's hard to beat the view from the patio. Take in the kite surfing on the Columbian river and enjoy the amazing food. This place is a must stop if your close by.

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Photo of almostjay
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Service is a little slow, but extremely friendly, and there are far, far worse places to be "stuck" waiting for slow service. This is hands down my favorite brewery in Hood River.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had dinner with the family here. The food was varied and excellent. The service good and knowledgeable. They had 12 of their brews available, most were either English or Belgian styles and all tasted pretty good. Also, very family friendly. When in the Gorge, this place is one of the top stops for beer and food.

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Photo of bditty187
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Any brewpub with three Saisons on-tap is ok by me!

Pfriem is located kind of in an industrial complex but new and modern. The exterior of the building is followed inside. Clean lines, modern, sleek but not cold at all. Laidback and family-friend but clearly a brewery as the tanks are in full display. I can think of a couple places that have tried to mimic this vibe but failed. Pfriem nailed it. Modern and cool but not stale, difficult to do correctly.

The three of us sat at the bar. Service was perfect. We were offered samples and tips. She asked us where we from and once we mention we were on a “beer vacation” she suggested we visit Logsdon and Solera Brewery while were in the area. Thank you for those tips!!!

I opted for a glass of the Saison and it was spot on. Top five US brewed Saison I have had (and I am sucker for a Saison). We ended up sampling about six different beers. The Triple was as good as any American brewed Triple I have had. Belgian Strong Dark was stellar and the Little Saison was fantastic too. Also, the Belgian White was perfect, not too sweet or overly spiced. They did have a couple hoppy beers for the non-Belgian enthusiast.

Limited food menu but enough options for everybody. I thought my Ruben was very good but maybe a tad dry (but I’m from Omaha – HOME of the Ruben Sandwich). Still, I enjoyed the food.

A gem of a brewery. The beer alone is worth a stop. The vibe and service was icing on a cake.

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Photo of elcrawl
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

this is a belgian beer establishment, and i don't care for belgians, so i don't make it here often. when i do, i usually go with whatever ipa they have handy, which is always really good. that said, the food here is outstanding. i've had a couple different salads and burgers, and they were excellent. service is really good too. last time i was in they were expanding so they must be doing well for themselves. i've also been informed they have a killer happy hour, like a burger and a beer for $6? if this is true i will be here frequently.

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Photo of loren01
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Went here finally yesterday, I've been meaning to check this place out for quite a while. They brew mostly Belgian style ales, not my favorite style but most of the beers I had were good. I ended up sharing one of their sample trays which was quite large, 12 samples. I liked the darker ones the best the Belgian strong dark and Belgian Stout. The menu was small but had some good looking offerings on it. Ended up having onion ring they were some of the best onion rings i've ever had, they came with a tarragon aioli sauce. The atmosphere was great, although I could see how it could be very cramped in there on a busy weekend. Overall a cool place worth checking out especially if Belgian style beers are your thing.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Yuuum. Their beer is really, really good. The Black Saison is incredible. The space is industrial looking. We spent so long here that we almost missed a pre-paid dinner seating back in Portland. The drive out from Portland is really nice, so if you’re visiting Portland for beer, you should hit Hood River for an afternoon. (Double Mountain and pFriem make for a great day).

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

A: Saturday afternoon I pulled up, front row street parking, pretty lively modern place. Inside was nice. L shaped bar upfront with some seating off the to left of the door. Very open and spacious. Brewing equipment within sight on the floor. Struck up some good beer and bar talk. Lively, youthful, clean and energetic crowd and atmosphere.

Q: Pfriem beers range from mediocre to good for me. All of the beers I had were good in quality meaning no spoilage/infection or so on

S: Service behind the bar was slow. I sat there for a while and the serve never even provided a menu until I asked deep into my first beer. When my entree(burger) was brought to me I received no ketchup or silverware. Fail. The service was friendly, she was solo and perhaps a tad bit overworked.

S: A pretty decent range stylistically. Something to please everyone: IPA's , Pils, Begians...so on. Bout 8 different offerings

F: My food was good, minus the condiments and silverware. I just ate my dry burger caveman style.

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Photo of claspada
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Big open area inside with big windows and a complete view of the entire production facility located feet from the bar/seating area. Biergarden style seating located next to the bar as well.

Ladies working the bar were extremely helpful and willing to chat about whatever. Ordered some vegetarian salad as it was lunch that was really really really good; was just looking for a snack and this was a meal and beyond satisfying. It was a bit pricey but based on the size made sense I guess.

I got the sampler, was quite pleased. All of the beers were good to above average. None blew me away but none were dogs either. They had their regular lineup of about 7 plus all their special releases which were also about 7, I had the special because, well obviously. Would frequent this place probably over any other place in Hood River based on the overall experience.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Way down by the water - a new and very sanitary brewery location. I was quite excited to visit Pfriem after being extremely impressed with the beer that started to show up in Seattle over the past few months.

Just an hour away from Portland but galaxies away from the grimy faux-hipster scene. I felt like I was in Iceland, or Sweden with really subdued music playing, gorgeous scenery, weird blonde kids running around, etc.

Pfriem makes wonderful beer - all of it, i think. So delicate, so fresh - the glassware is beautiful as well. The food looked great, every last bit of it, but after eating a Reggie Deluxe earlier in the morning in Portland I was set on food for a few days.

Service was odd - very nice, and striking, women operating the bar but offering me a beer seemed one of the most distant thoughts from their minds. Maybe it was the intoxicating sunlight or the Sunday drag, but it was awkward.

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Photo of leftoverburrito
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I had the pleasure of visiting the brewery last weekend when I was in Hood River for a wedding reception. My entire experience was nothing short of fantastic!

First off, all of the beers I sampled were absolutely delicious! The 2 stand outs for me were their CDA and their Belgian stout. My girlfriend and I ordered the full flight (12 beers) and had no problem finishing all of them. Each brew was unique and always kept us coming back for more after each sip. My only regret is that they were out of their mosaic pale ale that I had at Belmont Station a couple weeks before this. Absolutely a world class pale.

Were shared an order of the fondue and were not disappointed. Nice fresh cut meats and bread that paired great with the brews.

Despite it being relatively busy (Saturday around 7pm) the service we received was top notch. The server was attentive and friendly and came back several times to check on us. A special shout out goes to Stephanie the tasting room manager. She was on top of her game like few I have ever seen. She was genuinely enthusiastic about her job and it showed. Her service alone will ensure repeat visits from my friends and I.

pFriem is a place that every northwest beer enthusiast should visit. Sooner rather than later. Can't wait for them to start bottling!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.75

Pfriem was the highlight of 3 days in Bend and 3 days in the Hood River area.

The tasting room is nicely thought out, and the working brewery nearby only adds to the enjoyment and atmosphere. Though industrial, the vibe is very welcoming. It isn't hard to imagine this brewery becoming a mainstay in local events.

I only had a chance to try about 4 of the beers but every single one was stellar. I tried the Little Saison (spectacular), IPA (wonderful), Belgian Stout (very good), and the Mosaic Pale (amazing). No other brewery during my entire trip came even moderately close to what we drank here.

Sadly, the food was another story.

I ordered a plate of frites for happy hour and my girlfriend the mac and cheese. My fries were cold in spots and warm in others. I'm pretty sure they finished my fries first and let them sit until the mac and cheese was ready. Very sad, because they were lukewarm when they made it out to me. Worse still, my girlfriend found a few hairs in her mac and cheese. Adding to that, the mac and cheese was exceedingly boring. Oddly, the quality of the ingredients seemed very high, and the visual appearance of our food seemed to indicate it was well prepared ... but whether it was seasoning or something else, I can't say. Neither of our dishes were worthwhile.

When we brought the attention of the hairs to our server they went well beyond any obligation on their part. They comped us three beers and the dish, which was way more than we wanted and I felt kind of bad for it. I even asked our server if our check was correct and she insisted it was.

Despite the food experience I can't wait to visit again. I may eat at Double Mountain instead, but the beer at Pfriem (and conscientious service) isn't to be missed. Please chalk my vote up as a big ass "bravo"!

Also: I should add that prices are ok, but the two growlers I filled cost me $26! A far cry from the $8 per growler at Boneyard !

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Photo of djbreezy
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had a chance to visit the Double Mountain expansion and Pfriem recently. I was stoked for both but didn't know what to expect from Pfriem.

The staff were attentive. Our server was super nice. The place was packed so we sat at one of the picnic tables outside. Not bad at all.

We had a cheese plate. Nothing special but the cheese was good. All great quality stuff.

We had a sampler. All of the beer was delicious. Well brewed and can only improve with time.

Space is beautiful. Great branding and craftsmanship. Took home a mini growler. The metallic ink is awesome. Check it out if you're in town!

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