Gavin Lord is the head brewer at one of Oregon’s most prestigious beermakers — pFriem Family Brewers, and he is a native Oregonian from Silverton to boot. “Like many in the Brewing industry, I home-brewed for the first time at a fairly early age,” says Lord, who received a homebrew kit from his father when he was 19 and first brewed a brown ale. “In hindsight, it was pretty lackluster, but at the time it was interesting enough to get me hooked on a hobby that would later turn into a career. I home-brewed religiously for the the following decade.” Lord moved to San Francisco to study and get a degree in Graphic Design and after he graduated in 2007 he opened a Cooperative Art Gallery and Studio Space called Big Umbrella Studios with some friends, ” We had twenty resident artists, monthly exhibition openings, art walks and satellite shows around the City. It was a blast,” recalls Lord. But after two years the founders wanted to pursue other endeavors and for Lord it was pursuing a career as a professional brewer, “We sold the gallery to the resident artists for a six pack of Anchor Steam.”
Lord moved back to Oregon and began studying the art of brewing, he took multiple courses, volunteered for beer for experience, worked for a mobile bottling company and was accepted into the UC Davis Master Brewers Program. “Within a week of graduating and passing the IBD Diploma in Brewing Exam, I started as a Shift Brewer at Full Sail,” says Lord, who counts himself lucky for the experienced team he learned and worked with at Full Sail. It was there in Hood River, Oregon where he met another brewer named Josh pFriem who would go on to become a co-founder and lend his name to pFriem Family Brewers. Lord would later join pFriem and become the head brewer.