Kegs & Legs Beers of the Week: Lagers from pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River


I love beer and cider. After now having visited over 405 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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We have featured pFriem Family Brewers in previous Kegs & Legs posts, and we are back to showcase a few more – the Helles Lager and the Vienna Lager. But before that, here’s a reminder of some great running locations:

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.


Front door of pFriem.

I don’t drink a ton of lagers anymore, but I think that summer, to me, is the ideal season. Too many lagers take me back to a bad place in my beer-drinking life (basically trying to get drunk off crappy cheap lagers), and I still have trouble getting past that. I will say that after drinking the Helles Lager from pFriem, that may change!

The Helles clocks in at under 5% and I found it super refreshing. Honestly, I expected to nurse a half bottle during the review, but my first sip was so pleasant that I ended up pouring it all into a pint glass and finishing with ease. I didn’t know much about the Helles styling, but here is how the brewery explains it – “In 19th century Germany, pilsners were all the rage so München brewers created a malty hoppy beer of their own called Helles”. They also describe it as fresh bread and honey, and I totally picked up the latter. It goes down really smooth. While I wasn’t as keen on the Vienna Lager, it was still a nice styling that got me thinking maybe I should do some more exploring of this style. It’s a bit more flavorful on the caramel side and almost has a nutty taste to it.

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 also find their take home options in classic 500mL bottles.


Brewery: Pfriem Family Brewers (Facebook)

  • 707 Portway Ave, Suite 101 Hood River
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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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