The Ale List: Pfriem launches first bottles

THE BREW crew from pFriem Family Brewing toasts the release of the brewery’s first bottles, April 2 in the “sour room” at the expanding brewery. From left are Simon Trager, Gavin Lord, Dave McGinley, Annie Pfriem, Dan Peterson, Josh Pfriem, and Sean Grover.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
THE BREW crew from pFriem Family Brewing toasts the release of the brewery’s first bottles, April 2 in the “sour room” at the expanding brewery. From left are Simon Trager, Gavin Lord, Dave McGinley, Annie Pfriem, Dan Peterson, Josh Pfriem, and Sean Grover.

pFriem Family Brewing held a party April 2 to launch its first bottles since opening in 2012. pFriem now sells 23 beers in annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic series is 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.

“This is a significant moment for pFriem Family Brewers,” said brewmaster and co-founder Josh Pfriem in a press release. “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.

“This brewery is about great beer and great people,” Pfriem said in his toast to about 100 people at the brewery April 2. “I can’t tell you how many hours and sleepless nights we have taken to create these barrel-aged beers, in not just a bottle but a bottle that we feel reflects the beers.”

Dave Lipps is now sole owner of Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks, with Dan Hynes’ departure to Breakside Brewery in Portland.

Lipps and his brew crew are busy turning out standards and experimentals, including a forthcoming IPA and a Pale made with NJ007 and Azacca hops, respectively.

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Next to a photograph of the beer with its distinctive red label, the article reads, “this ‘clean, crisp and refreshing’ beer from Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing was our panel’s No. 1 pick.”

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