Thursday, July 19, 2012

Meet the Geeks: Hood River Edition: Josh Pfriem

Watou & Josh outside the brewery
hauling in boxes of hops in the rain.
Name: Josh Pfriem

Hometown: Seattle, Washington, but feeling pretty settled in Hood River, Oregon. It's the good life out here.

Favorite Beer: One that's well made, balanced, full flavored, fits my mood and company. If you are asking what is my desert island beer...than I would have to say Duvel.

Favorite Beer Haunt: My home with my family and friends, but hopefully pFriem Family Brewers will become a close second!

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think: I am pretty sure it was a Fat Tire Amber Ale. It was exciting enough to fall in love with craft beer, start home brewing a couple months later, and change my focus in Business School so that I could open up a brewery some day.

Do you homebrew. If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Wow, that's a hard one. I have brewed a lot beers at home over the years. All the beers that we are brewing at pFriem Family Brewers I have been working on for quite some time at naturally they are my favorite. However, I do remember when I was living in Utah and being on a huge Pale Ale kick. We were traveling a lot and I would get Pale Ales every where we went. My friends all thought I was being ridiculous about it, but than I took all that information and brewed one of the best Pales Ales I had ever tasted. That was a break through beer for me at home and professionally.

How'd you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? This winter Ken (my business partner) and I were checking on our brewhouse being built in Canby and on the way back we had just enough time for a quick beer in Portland. We decided to go check out Commons Brewery for the first time. While there I noticed a bunch of folks rolling in wearing shirts that said pdxbeergeeks. I thought to myself "That's awesome, I love Oregon!"

What does being a beer geek mean to you: It means beer should enjoyed amongst friends and family; beer is a good excuse to bring people together to enjoy community. It also means that beer needs to stay diverse and continue to progress. Beer is best paired with good food, great stories, and laughter.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? It would be to enhance the connection of beer, food, family, community, and culture. I believe that when you link these wonderful pieces together....great things happen and life has the ability to be tremendously rich.

What do you love about Portland's Craft Beer scene: I love that it is part of people's everyday life, that it is emerging and becoming more exciting everyday.

Where can we find you on the web? Sorry you can't….you can find me across the table with a beer, spending time with my family or on my bike, skiing, or climbing mountains. I believe in spending long amounts of time face to face with beers in hands, rather than sharing a beer with a computer.