A little love for pFriem

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by leftoverburrito, Apr 4, 2013.

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  1. leftoverburrito

    leftoverburrito Disciple (319) Sep 29, 2011 Oregon

    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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  2. msubulldog25

    msubulldog25 Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2005 Oregon

    What's even better than posting a praise-filled post on the forums is adding a full review on the Pfriem place page on BA. Right now, they only have 2 reviews... you could easily cut & paste your post and add some scores for the various categories and be done. :slight_smile:

    I've only been to Pfriem once (following the Hood River Hops Fest last fall) and thought it was terrific, too. Have had their beers at various locations/fests around Portland and I'm impressed so far. Can't wait for the chance to go back...

  3. ajramirez1

    ajramirez1 Initiate (107) Apr 9, 2011 Washington

    Its average. Belgian inspired but none stood out as high quality. Lineup top-down is avg. but its decent beer...good samplier i think they charged $2 a sampler which i prefer $1.50max. But overall had a good experience w/their beer. High abv and smooth but nothing to drive to a taproom for
  4. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    I had my first pfriem beer today at Latona pub, the CDA, I thought it was pretty solid, I've heard some good things about their other offerings.
  5. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    Based on what I've heard about the folks that run this place and what they're going for with the brewery, I really want to like their beers. Unfortunately, the only ones I've had, the Belgian stout and the bsda, were truly disgusting. They had a flavour that reminded me specifically of vomit. I suspect that this is from their yeast strain, so I look forward to trying some of their lagers and lighter beers to see if they turn out better, but I'm really not a fan of what I've had so far.
  6. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Aspirant (237) Jun 3, 2005 Oregon
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    They're killing it. Certainly will never prioritize Double Mountain again in Hood River. Wish they were open 7 days.
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  7. hansw

    hansw Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2006 California

    Had some of their belgians at pine box, don't recall what though. Very nice. Having said that, the sound brewing tripped rocks
  8. jgrgas

    jgrgas Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2006 Oregon

    Out of curiosity, where did you have the beers?
  9. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    1856 and Bailey's iirc. I know both places do a good job of keeping their lines clean and such, so I don't think the issue is on their end.
  10. kscaldef

    kscaldef Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Odd, I didn't notice anything like that, although IIRC that's one of those off-flavors that can come from insufficient time for the yeast to clean up.

    Personally, while I'm interested in what comes out of their barrel program, I haven't found their current lineup all that interesting. We did the taster flight when we visited and most of the beers just sort of blurred together. The BSDA was one we actually liked, though (and didn't taste like everything else on the tray).
  11. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,722) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I've really liked everything I've had from them so far. The big surprise for me is the Blonde IPA, it almost looks like a Bud, but just loaded hoppy goodness. Goes down way too easy.
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  12. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,633) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Had a taste of their regular IPA at Jones Wednesday night. Seemed a well-made yet unremarkable take on the style.
  13. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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    That was my suspicion as well.
  14. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (994) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I had their CDA at Latona Pub the other week. It was pretty solid.
  15. Gobigvt7

    Gobigvt7 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2008 Oregon

    I thought their Mosaic Single Hop Pale was one of the best beers I had in all of 2012, I couldn't get enough. I love their "little" saison also. They've now added the Mosaic to their IPA hop profile and I am looking forward to tasting that.
  16. beeraroundtown

    beeraroundtown Initiate (32) Oct 11, 2008 Oregon

    Little saison was amazing.
  17. digita7693

    digita7693 Disciple (394) Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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    This was going to be my question, I had the BSDA at Paulée in Dundee last weekend and I thought it was excellent. *

    * Paulée has some amazing food, good beer list and they are starting to do beer dinners.They have one with Heater Allen coming up.
  18. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (152) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    I had a Dill Saison from them once I think (I was more than a few beers in at that point in the night) and it was freaking awesome. Really wish I was more sober when I had it cause I remember loving it.
  19. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    I just had their IPA the other day. It's been a long time since I was that surprised by a new beer. It totally blew me out of the water and immediately has become one of my absolute favorite IPAs
  20. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,589) Oct 25, 2003 France
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    Amazing might be a leeetttle bit strong (IMHO), but I agree it was a very fine beer. It had a brightness of flavor (not sure how else to describe it) that was surprising. Just a delicious beer, and at that level of abv., I could drink it all the time.
  21. ramnuts

    ramnuts Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2009 Oregon

    Coming from a person who apparently believes that Seattle Georgetown's Manny's Pale Ale is brewed or distributed in Virginia....http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/best-pale-ales-in-virginia.84206/page-2#post-1231984
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  22. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Seems to be the case with a lot of nw ipa's( and yes I have tried it). You would think that coming from the land of hops we here in Washington should be blowing the competition away, not making it sing...
    I have faith in their other beers.
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  23. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    If you take the truly world-class DIPAs off the board --- Pliny, Heady Topper, etc. --- I think there are Washington IPAs and DIPAs that definitely stand up to if not blow away the competition.
  24. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    As far as Washington state is concerned the only hoppy beer that I have tasted so far that has blown me away is freemonts pale summer solstice ale( and this is still not an ipa). Keeping in mind hood river is in oregon.
  25. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I enjoy The Brother and Lucille, and I know I'll like Wisdom Seeker if I ever get to try it. These and other beers need to be canned or bottled and distributed... widely.
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  26. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,722) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Skagit River's The Gospel, Old Schoolhouse Ruud Awakening, Wisdom Seeker, and the GABF batch of Boundary Bay Imperial IPA. Don Webb has been putting out great IPA's and hoppy Pales at Naked City, but he makes so many different beers, it's hard to name one, because it might not get brewed again.
  27. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Fremont Interurban IPA
    Fremont Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale
    Fremont The Brother DIPA
    Fremont The Sister DIPA

    Georgetown Lucille IPA
    Georgetown Lovely Reida DIPA

    Elysian Space Dust IPA
    Elysian Hubris DIPA

    Icicle Bootjack IPA

    Black Raven Trickster IPA
    Black Raven Wisdom Seeker DIPA

    Skagit River Sculler's IPA
    Skagit River The Gospel IPA

    Naked City Cry Me A River DIPA

    Big Time Whiny the Complainer DIPA
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  28. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    And BTW, which hoppy IPA came out of Hood River, OR that blew you away? If you're suggesting anything from Double Mountain, I think it's possible that we have entirely different palates for IPAs.
  29. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    The only problem w/ this list (aside from including Whiny the Complainer, unless I got a bad bottle) is that so few of these are readily and widely available. If more of these types of beers were packaged for distribution, I think Washington beer would get a lot more respect than it currently does. Plus, I could drink more of these on a regular basis, rather than having to resort to Oregon and California imports.
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  30. Gobigvt7

    Gobigvt7 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2008 Oregon

    Said it before, but bears repeating: Old Schoolhouse IPA and Imperial IPA are totally killer.
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  31. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Frankly, I couldn't care less if Washington beer gets more respect. devlishdamsel asked for examples and I gave her examples.

    With that said, I'd like to see a number of these canned and/or bottled and readily accessible.
  32. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    I generally tend to agree. Sometimes I just get tired of hearing about certain breweries (Great Lakes/Midwest mostly) that don't impress me as all that special. As a reformed trader though, I have no personal stake in building hype for any of our breweries or beers. I'd be happy to keep quite a few of them on the down-low.
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  33. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,589) Oct 25, 2003 France
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    I probably need to give those beers another try. There's a store in Maryland (State Line) that carries some of the Old Schoolhouse beers, and I bought a bottle of the DIPA some time ago. I thought it was pretty bad and drained poured most of it. However, there's no telling how long the bottles had been sitting there, and as virtually no one back East has ever heard of the brewery, I'm sure the beer sells very slowly. Definitely need to try a fresh bottle out here.
  34. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I had Ruud Awakening when it first hit the Seattle market and was not impressed at all. I kept hearing how great it was, though, and I thought maybe they had improved the recipe, so I gave it another try a month or so ago. Still, meh.
  35. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (994) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Bottles are still hanging out around Seattle.
  36. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    ¿¡Donde?! ¿Y cuando fue puesto en libertad y esta distribuida en botellas en Seattle?
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  37. Gobigvt7

    Gobigvt7 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2008 Oregon

    hmmm, I wonder about the freshness also. The imperial (and the ruud) fly out of our shop because I hand sell it (as not many people have heard about it), but just about everyone I've recommended them to have come back for more. I have had one imperial IPA that I sat on accidentally at home for 2 months or so and it had diminished greatly. Fresh, however, I've found it to be nothing short of a highly aromatic and delicious palate clobberer. Haven't seen much around these parts recently, however. If it's on any shelves locally, I highly doubt it's fresh.
  38. strongaf

    strongaf Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Washington

    In addition:

    Schooner Exact Evergreen Imperial IPA
    Schooner Exact 3-Grid IPA

    Reuben's Brews IIPA
    Reuben's Brews Imperial Rye IPA

    Sound Brewing Humulo Nimbus

    For Big Time, I prefer their Bhagwan's Best and Scarlet Fire
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  39. distantmantra

    distantmantra Savant (994) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I thought Whiny 2013 was more like a barleywine than an a DIPA. The 2012 version was awesome, though.
  40. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Zealot (515) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Agreed on both counts. Cheers.
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