Plenty of good news for local breweries this week:
Hood River’s pFriem Family Brewing won the “Beer of the Year” award from Willamette Week, Double Mountain Brewery releases its newest Kriek specialty bottling at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8, and Full Sail Brewing wins Craft Brewery of the Year award from Brewing World Magazine.
Full Sail will be honored in March by Brewing World. Marketing Director Sandra Evans said the recognition takes into account the brewery’s many sustainability efforts, the fact that it is employee owned, and that its beers claimed gold and silver medals at last year’s World Beer Championship.
pFriem’s Belgian Strong Dark Ale received the top ranking in the Willamette Week 2014 Portland Beer Guide.
“It is quite an honor, great to be recognized in this way considering how many great beers and breweries there are in the Portland area,” brewmaster Josh Pfriem said.
(Double Mountain’s IRA and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales’ Seizoen were listed in the magazine’s “Drink the Alphabet: 26 great beers available in Oregon.”)
n Double Mountain sells its Devil’s and Tahoma (Rainier) Kriek beers in custom designed 12.7-ounce split champagne bottles. The limited Kriek bottles are available for purchase at Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom located in downtown Hood River on Saturday and a small supply of bottles will be sold in specialty bottle shops.
These Belgian-style sour Kriek ales combine the tart Brettanomyces wild yeast with fresh fruit picked from owner, Matt Swihart’s orchard up in Duke’s Valley, just 7 miles south of Hood River.
The Devil’s Kriek is a Flanders Red-style Belgian ale that boasts 200 lbs of Bing cherries, while the lighter colored Tahoma Kriek (Tahoma is the Native American word for Mount Rainier) utilizes the delicate Rainier cherry with a strong Belgian blonde ale.