After a banner 2015 being named Oregon Brewery of the Year, pFriem Family Brewers has expansion plans that include taking over the entire 20,000 sq. ft. Halyard Building in Hood River and expanding its barrel-aging program. The six year-old Halyard waterfront building is LEED Silver-certified and is owned by the Port of Hood River. pFriem Family Brewers originally occupied suite 101 when it opened its doors in 2012. Until recently, the building was also the home of Pocket Fuel and Real Carbon.
The Halyard building is split up into four suites. In 2012, pFriem Family Brewers started in 101 with 6,000 sf, then moved into Suite 102 in 2013. Last year the brewery moved completely into Pocket Fuel’s space. Real Carbon relocated earlier this year, opening up its portion of the building. On February 2nd, pFriem Family Brewers was approved by the Port of Hood River to occupy the entire building. “I remember back in 2009 when the outside walls were going up on the Halyard building. I thought to myself, what an amazing and beautiful place to house a brewery. We were thrilled when we signed our lease in 2011 to start building our brewery here, but it is a dream to have the whole building to grow into!” explains Brewmaster Josh Pfriem.
The newly acquired space means big opportunities for pFriem Family Brewers. The brewery’s production capacity will be able to boost to 20,000 annual barrels, in addition to expanding the barrel-aging and fruit programs. pFriem plans to release thirty-seven beer varieties in bottles throughout 2016 – eleven of those will be barrel-aged beers. The extra space lends greater possibilities for variety, creativity, and continued consistency of quality in pFriem beers. It also means more production of award winning beer, such as the GABF® silver medal winning Pilsner. Josh Pfriem expands upon his vision for the space stating, “We have built a brewers’ playground for a brewery, we have the ability to make high quality lagers, innovative hop-forward beers, Belgian-inspired beers, barrel-aged beers, and fruited beers. With this new space we will be able to brew more pFriem classics and be able continue to stretch our creative legs.”