pFriem Family Brewers

pFriem Family BrewerspFriem Family Brewers
pFriem Family BrewerspFriem Family Brewers
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(541) 321-0490 | map

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Beervana from Canada (BC)

4.28/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Aug 30, 2015
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Oct 20, 2019
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

far from portland with vertainly the quality and commitment of a portland place.

Aug 20, 2019
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huckPDX from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Aug 18, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited here in late May and early June 2019

Located right across from the Hood River city Park on the banks of the Columbia River, there are wonderful views for miles. Inside, the two-story dining area gets plenty busy. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. On my first visit, I went to the bar and had a pint, which I took upstairs to the dining area, which wasn't in use at the time. The next visit, I went to The Bear's Den, which is right next to the tap room. Here you can more-easily get a pint to drink right there or outside on the patio. You can also get growlers filled, plus there is a cooler with bottled and canned beers to go. I took advantage of all three. I didn't have any food so I'm just rating it 4. It certainly looked and smelled good.

The beers by the way are excellent.

Jun 10, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Very pleasant modern facility with seating indoors and out. Family oriented with play area for children. Staff were very pleasant and eager to please.

May 23, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in on a Thursday afternoon, I got a pint, the gf got a flight, and we split an order of bacon gravy fries (delicious!). Cool modern feel to their location, felt slightly upscale, but still casual. We sat inside at the bar, but chilling on the patio looked like it would be awesome. There was a little bit of everything style wise available to try on the board and from the tastes I got it was solid. Staff was friendly and took great care of us. I would definitely love to go back.

May 21, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Mar 23, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by for a beer and some dinner. Everyone enjoyed their meals, ranging from a burger to mac 'n' cheese with a simple appetizer of house-pickled vegetables. The place doesn't seem too big, considering the wait list time despite there not being many people sitting around waiting. There was an upstairs, but I am not sure what is there to add to the seating of maybe 10-15 tables inside and a 12-person (or so) bar.

I can see having to wait for so long (over an hour easily) can be off-putting for vibe (and does make me hesitant to stop back by unless I was prepared for that wait), but once seated, it was a nice brewpub on a brewery site atmosphere. The staff behind the bar (where we sat) was very friendly, helping us with a few flights and the line of people grabbing beers to wait with a cheery attitude.

The brewery offered very well made versions of a variety of styles on its 15-20 taps. There were a handful of IPAs, a few different lagers, a few sours, and a bunch of darker, higher-ABV beers, including quite a few barrel-aged options. I am not sure the barrel-aged stout/belgian ales is typical, but that third of the tap list may be a rotating seasonal set of brews. There were a few IPAs and sours I could bypass, but almost everything else was very enjoyable.

So, in the right situation or at the right time of day, I wouldn't hesitate to go back. I might want to consider a "side project" for 30-50 minutes just in case.

Dec 20, 2018
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Donkster46 from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Aug 31, 2018
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Aug 08, 2018
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Categart from Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Jul 08, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Located on the waterfront. Plentiful parking, but you might have to hike a bit or pay on a busy day. Modern building, brewery tanks abut the dining area with just a short railing between. The beer is great, 12-16 taps plus a few bottles. Staff is friendly and efficient, the bartender in the dining room can give suggestions, but the adjacent tasting room / store is less bustling Nd the staff have deep knowledge.

Food is very good, from what we had and the rest loked good going. Much is house-made and very well done. The bratwurst is made there and they ferment their own sauerkraut!

Jul 03, 2018
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jakecattleco from California

4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Jun 12, 2018
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casapy from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Apr 17, 2018
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ivyman from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Feb 27, 2018
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John_M from Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

With a day off from work due to president's day holiday, I figured it would be fun to make the 45 to 50 minute drive over to Hood River and pFriem from PDX.

Located a couple of minutes off the interstate in a small industrial area along the river, the taproom looks like a smallish affair, taking up a small corner of the brewery complex. When you go inside, it's actually a bit larger than it looks from the outside, with outside seating (thankfully, with a fire pit to help chase the chill of the February afternoon), and modest size dining area inside, and then a small bar in the back holding roughly 10 or 12 seats I think (which is where I perched). As you're sitting at the bar, there's a small room of to the right (the bear den), where one can buy bottles out of cold box and sample a variety of different beers on tap). I also saw several of the waitresses carrying trays of beers upstairs, though I'm not if the area there was open to the public, reserved for private parties, or just an area housing staff and the like. The taproom otherwise has high ceilings and is well lit, and was a very comfortable spot to hang with a beer or three on Monday afternoon.

In terms of the beers, I get the impression the number of beers on tap fluctuates, depending upon what's currently being brewed at the brewery. On this day I think there were between 15 and 20 different beers on tap, running the gamut from a wit, pils and raunchbier, to a variety of BA sours, porters and strong ales. As for quality, I'm a fan of pFriem beers, and they've always impressed me with the ability to make a wide range of styles with consistently high quality. The raunchbier I had was excellent, and the pils made here is one of the better one's made in the NW I think. The mosaic single pale is one of the better pale ales on the market (IMHO), and I think the BA lambics they make are generally quite good (even though this isn't a style I particularly enjoy). On this day they had several BA strong ales on tap, as well as a BA porter. The sherry flavored Belgian trippel was intriguing, with the sherry flavor blending better than I would have expected with the base beer. The whiskey barrel aged strong dark Belgian ale was flat out incredible, and the whiskey flavor blending incredibly well with base beer. One of the things I had been looking forward to was the rum BA porter, and so I was chagrinned to hear that the keg had just blown a few minutes before my arrival. They still had bottles of the beer available, and as I really wanted to sample the beer, I decided I'd buy a bottle so I could have a glass, then share the rest of the contents with the other patrons at the bar (as I really didn't want to consume an entire bottle of BA porter before driving back to PDX). Upon hearing that I had driven out to the brewery primarily just to try the BA porter, the bartender comped the bottle I bought for me and the rest of the bar, and then gave me another complimentary bottle to go. OK, over the years I've encountered all kinds of generous bar owners, brewers and bartenders, but even so, I was very impressed by the level of generosity displayed by the bartender at pFreim. I should add that service is generally very good here overall, with drinks coming quickly and the bar staff very knowledgeable and helpful. I would add that in addition to beer on tap, you can also open anything from the coldbox to enjoy at the bar. Prices on the menu are actually the "on premise" price, with a $2 discount on anything you take to go. They also fills growlers here, though I don't believe they have a crowler machine.

Didn't try the food here, though everything I saw looked pretty good, and I'm told that the quality of the food made here is pretty good (was very tempted to try the poutine).

What more can I say? This place is outstanding and I just wish it was a bit closer to my home in PDX. In any event, this place is highly recommended for anyone who is visiting the hood river area.

Feb 25, 2018
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Feb 14, 2018
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RJLarse from Washington

2.09/5  rDev -51.2%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

I can't decide if this place is a restaurant inside of a brewery, or a brewery inside of a restaurant. It is warm and damp and smells like a brewery. The bright tanks are clearly visible. But the seating and service is restaurant-like. We arrived at 3 in the afternoon to taste, and theoretically buy beer. But we were greeted with a 'Please Wait to be Seated' sign. When we said we were there for beer (we had lunch earlier), we were told to order at the bar and we could drink the beer outside. Hmmm. Not sure how that works in the winter months. I filled out a little card indicating what I wanted in a flight, and waited 5 minutes for it to be pushed over the bar. As for the beer, they bill themselves as a Belgian style brewery, but they seem to be all over the map. West coast pale ale and IPA were OK. They had a Mexican lager, and the Saison and Farmhouse ales seemed to be tricked up with things like mango and kumquat. It doesn't seem like they know what they are or what they want to be. The place is located in an area near the river that seems to be in a state of vitalization. New construction, trendy establishments, a riverfront park, wind surfing and kite sports. But it is also located adjacent to a waste water treatment facility. So while you are outside tasting their beers you might get a whiff of something else. From the beer reviews it appears they bottle a lot of beer and ship it away, Portland, Seattle etc. rendering the brewery/restaurant and sewage treatment plant irrelevant. My advice when in Hood River would be head up the hill, away from the river, and enjoy one of the other breweries in town.

Aug 26, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Aug, 20, 2017 with the wife
Went here after a pint at Double Mountian because it opened at 11 and Pfriem 1130. It was before noon when we showed up and the place was packed. Luckily they have a sweet waiting room upstairs where you can have a pint waiting for a table to open up, we never got a table but grabbed a bunch of take away brews. I'm not sure if the crowds were eclipse related or if this place really is this busy before noon, I'll be going back to hood river one day to find out.....

Aug 23, 2017
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jbfarris from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Aug 23, 2017
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great setting. It's across the street from a park that's on the shores of the Columbia River. Inside, you get to dine right next to the tanks. Food, nature, beer... All the good things blending together.

The service was pretty good for me on a Wednesday afternoon. Plenty of servers taking care of everybody, and the food came out quickly. And I wanted to order about half the menu. However... Can somebody please tell me why duck sandwiches are not more common? The meat is so rich, and with the right bread and toppings, it can't be bettered. (And the chowder was really good.) Anyways, it's probably the best food and food selection I've run across at a brewpub, although my experiences are relatively limited, compared to some folks.

Mar 14, 2017
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BeerAndFilm from Oregon

4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Feb 21, 2017
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shoretaxi from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nov 29, 2016
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farmersbeer from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

We always bring visitors here- great food, great beer, great view. Perfect hood river brewery

Nov 14, 2016
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