December 3, 2018 – Hood River, Oregon – pFriem Family Brewers won multiple awards at Europe's most esteemed beer competitions – the European Beer Star and Brussels Beer Challenge. The brewery was honored for styles ranging from Pilsner to Saison and from IPA to barrel-aged creations, illustrating their commitment to excellence in a wide range of styles. Both international award programs are fiercely competitive, accepting thousands of entries from countries around the world.
The competition at the European Beer Star Awards, which was held in November in Nuremburg, Germany, was more competitive than ever. The competition judged 2344 beers from 51 countries across all continents in 65 categories. pFriem’s medals included Gold for its Barrel Aged Saison II and Bronze for Oud Bruin.
The Brussels Beer Challenge, while only 6 years old, has become one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. The awards took place November 2-4, 2018 in Mechelen, Belgium. pFriem took home Gold for IPA in the Pale & Amber Ale : American IPA (Higher than 6.5 ABV) category; Silverfor Barrel Aged Saison II in the Pale & Amber Ale : Modern Saison category; Silver for Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Aged Golden Ale in the Specialty beer (Less than 7 ABV) category; Certificate of Excellence for Pilsner in the Lager : German-Style Pilsner category; Certificate of Excellence for Brett Saison in the Pale & Amber Ale : Traditional Saison category.
These awards come on the heels of major wins at this year's Great American Beer Festival. pFriem was named Mid-Sized Brewing Company of the Yearand was awarded a Gold Medal for Druif in the Mixed-Culture Brett category and Silver for its Pilsner in the German Style Pilsener category.
"As a brewery that has a great deal of respect and admiration for the European brewing traditions, it is a wonderful privilege and honor to stand with those who inspire us," said Josh Pfriem, Brewmaster/Co-Founder of pFriem Family Brewers. "We are thankful for the opportunity to put our beers next to some of Europe’s greatest brewers.
Our brewing team at pFriem is committed to pushing the envelope on quality, innovation, and flavor. The recognition that we have received this Fall has been incredibly validating of our pursuit to make the best beer we possibly can."
About pFriem Family Brewers
pFriem Family Brewers (pronounced "freem") is a Northwest and Belgian inspired 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, OR. Founded in 2012 by Josh Pfriem, Ken Whiteman and Rudy Kellner, pFriem has experienced incredible growth in its short six years and has earned prestigious awards, including multiple medals in national and international brewing competitions. Best known for artisanal beers influenced by the great brewers of Belgium while staying true to homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest, pFriem craft brews are unmistakably unique in both flavor and balance. Visit pFriem online at www.pfriembeer.com, or onsite daily at 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, OR 97031.