Spend a day with Pfriem Family Brewers, and you’ll see that although their roots are set in traditional styles and techniques, their vision is squarely on the future. Perched on the shores of the Columbia, their certified green building in Hood River features solar panels and a rainwater collection system, while the bar-top and tap handles are crafted from wood salvaged from an old hop barn.

The balance between new and old comes through in their beers as well. Inspired by a trip to Belgium, Pfreim brought the old world to the Pacific Northwest by incorporating American hop forward flavor with traditional Belgian styles. The results are hard to ignore. Head brewer Dan Peterson loves how customers react. “I think everyone who’s tried these beers has said, ‘Wow, that’s something different.'”

Editor’s note: Hopstories tell the stories behind Oregon’s breweries. Find more stories or nominate a local brewery at Hopstories.com.

About the Author: Adam Gaylord

Adam is a graduate student studying wildlife at Oregon State University. When he’s not chasing critters or buried in data, he’s usually writing a short story, drawing a comic, or drinking beer. To see what he’s up to, check out his blog at adamsapple2day.blogspot.com.

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