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Hump Day Happy Hour: A few IPA’s from pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River

I love beer and cider. After now having visited over 390 different breweries and cideries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times, but I love Hood River. It’s a bit of a trek from the Salem area, but every time I make the trek, I just find myself wishing I could stay longer, It’s a prime spot for outdoor sports enthusiasts – from windsurfers on the Columbia to skiers just up the road at Mount Hood and has a surprising number of solid breweries (even more if you make stops in Cascade Locks and The Dalles as well. We have featured pFriem Family Brewers in previous Kegs & Legs posts, and we are back to showcase a few more – the IPA and the Juicy IPA.

But before that, here’s a reminder of some great running locations:

Front door of pFriem.

Probably my favorite spot to the right is on the paved Columbia Historic Highway paved trail. If you had upwards, east of town, you’ll run into the parking area and the trailhead. This location hosts a few races, the most popular being the Columbia Gorge Marathon & Half each autumn. It provides some of the most scenic panoramas around, and the paved trail is lined with beautiful trees. It’s not too often that you can lose yourself in the beauty while still running on pavement, but this is one such location. You can put up to about 9 or 10 miles, out-and-back, or feel free to turn around at any given point to adjust your mileage. I do recommend trying to make it to the Mosier Tunnels, if you haven’t been. There is some up and down elevation shifting, but really not a significant amount. Here is a little background on the trail.

Another great area that I recently discovered is right along a paved path on the Columbia river waterfront. I would recommend starting on the western end of Hood River Waterfront Park and heading east (for Strava users, use the “waterfront east” and “Hood River Tri Night Run” routes). This will net you right around a total of 3.5 or 4 miles.

One thing that I appreciate about pFriem is their straightforward naming. Nearly all breweries have some great names for their beers, but with pFriem, it’s right to the point – you know exactly what you are getting in the bottle. Their IPA is also pretty straightforward – a drinkable styling with a nice balance of citrus (my palate noticed the peach notes) and hoppiness. It weighs in at about 75 IBU, but I don’t feel that it is all that hoppy. Instead its solid offering that I feel can satisfy hopheads and non-hopheads alike.

Juicy & hazy IPA’s are filling up shelves everywhere along the west coast – and with good reason. They are a fun citrus-forward styling that have really come into their own lately. The Juicy IPA is no slouch in this category, and it’s more fruity than bitter (the 35 IBU would dictate that). However, pFriem’s version seems to have a little bit of “best coast” spin added to it. It’s super fruity (“peach and starfruit, and jammy notes of orange sherbet, papaya and white grape”), but doesn’t feel like it has dropped off the deep end with unfiltered haziness. I really like this one.

Definitely make a trip out to pFriem the next time you next want to get away from the valley, or look for their beers on tap and in your local bottle shops. You can find their take home options in classic 500mL bottles.


Brewery: Pfriem Family Brewers (Facebook)

  • 707 Portway Ave, Suite 101 Hood River
About Matt Rasmussen (1314 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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