Saturday, February 7, 2015
Plenty of beer news this week, what with pFriem Family Brewing starting its second expansion since opening five years ago, and the Zwickelmania statewide brewery tour coming Feb. 14.
We’ll have more on Zwickelmania in the Feb. 11 edition, but for now let it be known that every brewery in the county will participate in the annual Presidents’ Day weekend event. That’s Big Horse, Double Mountain, Full Sail, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Solera, and Thunder Island.
Two things of note: Logsdon will present its beers not at the farmhouse south of Hood River but at their new downtown Hood River Barrelhouse and Taproom, 505 Cascade, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 and noon to 4 on Feb. 15.
Also, throughout Feb. 14, the Breweries in the Gorge (BIG) folks will be at the breweries with information about the new BIG alliance, featuring a map and website.
Zwickelmania is the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to casual and hardcore beer fans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 100 breweries, both big and small, are participating with meet-the-brewer events and beer samples.
pFriem Family Brewing expands
pFriem is now expanding its brewery, adding new tanks and filters to enable doubling of output from the current 5,000 gallons to 11,000, with the groundwork lain to double again within about two years.
Port of Hood River approved a change of lease Tuesday for pFriem and also affecting neighboring Pocket Fuel, which will move.
The brewery is moving into the upstairs office space formerly used by PocketFuel owners Mark and Heidi Ribkoff, and pFriem has been leasing much-needed barrel storage space from the Ribkoffs for the past three months.
Next month pFriem will start its first bottling of Flanders Red and Oud Bruins, two sour beers savoring since Fall 2013.
Owner Josh pFriem calls 2015 “the year we realize what we envisioned when we first started” in 2009, but admits it is happening a couple of years sooner than he had expected.
Double Mountain hoists ‘Yacht Rock’
Yacht Rock India Red Ale is now on tap and in bottles at Double Mountain. “Yacht Rock” the beer was created for the Feb. 5-8 Chefs’ Week PDX (CWPDX), with Chef Doug Adam, and was introduced Thursday at a CWPDX dinner. Yacht Rock will be poured at all CWPDX events.
“We wanted to brew something that would be perfect to pair with a menagerie of menus and keep things sailing easy. Hence, we bring you Yacht Rock,” Matt Swihart said.
“Blood orange in color, this India Red Ale is clean and refreshing for the palate, with pine and citrus to accompany the bread and biscuit on the back end. This is the beer you want to invite to the dinner party. It’s complimentary, polite, provides witty anecdotes, and will even help with the dishes.”
Swihart said, “We had a blast working with Chef Doug Adams (Top Chef, Imperial, and Portland Penny Diner) on this collaborative beer project.”
Full Sail releases 2015 Bourbon Barrel stout
Speaking of Full Sail, executive brewmaster Jamie Emmerson announced the release of their 2015 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Thursday at the Hood River tap room, and Tuesday at Harbor Place in Portland (5 p.m.). “The annual release of our barrel aged beers is a celebration of the best of American beer and American bourbon,” notes Emmerson. The 2015 registers at 10.5 ABV.
Homo Erectus: Walking Man steps up to bottling
Walking Man Brewing announces its first bottling of Homo Erectus Imperial IPA. The Stevenson brewery’s first bottles are now available on the shelves of specialty craft beer retailers. The brewery and brewpub is located at 240 SW 1st St.