pFriem Family Brewers – a Taproom is Coming to Milwaukie, OR

Artists rendering if the new location.
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Popular brewery announces the addition of a second taproom. This one is in the Portland area.

pFriem Family Brewers just announced its plan to open a new taproom about 70 miles west of its home base in Hood River, Oregon. The new location will help bring a historic property back to life in the city of Milwaukie, a community just south of Portland. The plan is to open in about one year, in the spring of 2025.

This expansion signifies a major milestone for pFriem Family Brewers, renowned for its exceptional craft beers and community-focused ethos. It’s taken more than a decade to get here, but the company now teases that other locations, perhaps even a taproom north of the Columbia River in Washington state, might also materialize. This kind of brewery expansion, opening second and even third retail locations, is a craft beer trend we’ve discussed here on the Washington Beer Blog.

The new taproom will take over a space in the historic Milwaukie City Hall building. Along with craft beer and craft cocktails, the company intends for the new taproom to serve as a community hub. Creating that kind of experience is something for which pFriem Family Brewers is known. Since its founding in 2012, pFriem has become a beacon of brewing excellence, focusing on a broad spectrum of beer styles, and has earned countless awards for those beers. Also, the brewery’s tasting room has received numerous accolades for its service, food, and experiences. pFriem’s tasting room in Hood River is a four-time winner of the Oregon Beer Awards’ Best Brewpub Experience.


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Rendering of the pFriem location in Milwaukie.

Josh Pfriem, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of pFriem Family Brewers, says the company is excited about the opportunity to open in Milwaukie. “We’re extremely excited to be growing our future here in Milwaukie. The City has been incredibly welcoming, and we hope we can play an important part in growing the local business community downtown as well as providing the community a really cool space to come together in.”

The new pFriem Milwaukie taproom, housed partially in the former fire station of the historic City Hall building, is set to be a vibrant community hub. It will feature a spacious pergola-covered outdoor patio, a private dining and event space upstairs for various brewery and community events, and a lounge area reminiscent of the popular Bear’s Den in Hood River. The taproom will offer more than 20 taps, including a variety of pFriem beers and craft cocktails, with seating for over 100 guests.


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Josh Pfriem explained further why Miluwakie was an ideal spot for their second location, “Over the past couple of years, many of our friends have been moving to Milwaukie and surrounding areas, and we’ve been intrigued by that region for some time now. When we first saw the old City Hall building, we knew immediately this would become our second home. It is a beautiful, unique space with a lot of history in the local community. It’s sited on a magnificent property with stunning green space, large trees, and a sculpture garden, with plenty of parking on site and in the surrounding downtown area, abundant public transportation options, all within a stone’s throw from the banks of the Willamette River. We’re excited to help energize the downtown area with our 7-day-a-week presence, the events that we will run in our tasting room, and in general with the creation of a warm and inviting community space.”

pFriem Family Brewers will not go it alone. Keeper Coffee will open a coffee shop and bakery next door. “We’re stoked to be neighbors with a great coffeehouse and bakery, folks who truly share our passion for quality beverages, and hospitality”, Josh said.

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