pFriem releases new Brett IPA and Bosbessen blueberry Sour in Bottles

pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River, Oregon has just released new spring limited ‘Brett IPA’ in bottles along with a new batch/vintage of ‘Bosbessen’ their blueberry sour lambic-style ale. Limited edition bottles are now on sale.


Made by adding the Brett Trois wild yeast strain aka Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Troi Vrai to a citrusy IPA. pFriem brewers created a brand new IPA using Rahr Alix Pale as a base malt and with just a touch of Simpsons Cara Malt for body and complexity. The beer was hopped with Citra, El Dorado and Loral hops that’s tropical flavors of pineapple, kiwi, baked lemon and hibiscus is enhanced by the funky wild yeast.

pFriem does say this beer is young with bright hop flavors and it should be fun to hold onto a bottle or two to see how it becomes funky and more yeast forward over time.


This is round number two for one of pFriem’s last fruited sour beer creations. Bosbessen uses 1,000 pounds of fresh Draper Blueberries added to a Lambic-style base beer. The big difference between this new 2017 release and the past 2016 version are changes to the process like more microflora and more mature base Lambic-style beer. The brewers also cranked up the amount of blueberries used and I believe you can taste it. moreUsing a malt bill that consisted of 60% malted barley and 40% wheat, the

Using a malt bill that consisted of 60% malted barley and 40% wheat, the brewers used aged hops but without a coolship they used a heat exchanger to chill the word before inoculating with a lambic mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. pFriem then matured the base lambic-style in French oak barrels for six months before adding the blueberries from Graves Orchards at an amazing 2.7 pounds per gallon, up from 2016’s two pounds per gallon. The beer aged and fermented on the fruit for another nine months before bottling.

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