A rendering of pFriems upcoming facility in Cascade Locks.
A rendering of pFriem's upcoming facility in Cascade Locks. pFriem
Hood River brewery pFriem Family Brewers announced a major expansion in a press release this morning. The brewery, considered one of the best in Oregon, will be opening a new facility 23 miles west in Cascade Lakes, as well as expanding its existing brewery in Hood River. This expansion will allow pFriem to more than triple their brewing output to a rate of over 60,000 barrels per year. The forthcoming Cascade Locks facility won't be a brewhouse, but rather an aging and packaging facility for the brewery's specialty barrel-aged beers, as well as serve as the company's primary HQ and a warehouse for its finished beer and raw materials.

In the press release, brewmaster and co-founder Josh Pfriem says, "The Cascade Locks project will allow us to significantly expand our barrel aging program while consolidating our warehousing and cold storage operations in a beautiful new facility. It will also free up space in our current Hood River brewery for a new state-of-the-art brewhouse, increased fermentation capacity, and sophisticated canning line."

The Hood River brewery's expansion will occur over the next two years. pFriem announced its first canned beer earlier this year, with their IPA and Pilsner coming out in cans in March. The Cascade Locks expansion will be located in the Port of Cascade Locks’ Business Park and will be 22,000 square feet, with plans to be ready in the first quarter of 2020. Not a public facility, it will be an aging house for pFriem's barrel-aged and sour beer programs (after the primary brewing stage is done in Hood River) and also serve as a storage warehouse for all of pFriem's packaged beer.

This is a major expansion for the brewery, which opened in 2012 and quickly became one of the best-regarded in the Northwest. Read the full details on pFriem's expansion here.