Hood River, OR – “This year it has been more difficult than ever to win a medal in the European Beer Star,” says Oliver Dawid, CEO of Private Brauereien Bayern, which has been organizing this competition since 2003. With 2,103 beers from 44 countries, the competition for one of the most sought-after prizes in the international brewing world had a record number of entries. Additionally, this is the first time an American brewery has ever medaled in the German-Style Pilsner category, making the bronze award for Oregon’s pFriem Family Brewers Pilsner all the more impressive. “European Beer Star is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. We have the utmost respect for European brewing traditions. For this reason, winning a medal at the European Beer Star for German Pilsner is an incredible honor for us!” explained Josh Pfriem, Co-founder and Brewmaster at pFriem Family Brewers.
The European Beer Star – the Champions League of beers – gets its high international reputation from the 124-strong jury of experts, who assess the beers in a blind tasting according to the same purely sensory criteria as the consumer: colour, smell, flavour, aromatic profile and overall impression. This year, the jury included master brewers, beer sommeliers and acknowledged beer connoisseurs from 30 countries. The European Beer Star Award is given to particularly authentic beers with lots of character, which impress the jury in terms of both flavour and quality and which best meet the criteria for the type of beer. Only one gold, one silver and one bronze medal were awarded in each of the 57 different beer categories. The competition is aimed at breweries from around the world which feel committed to the traditional European style of brewing. “The European Beer Star has enabled us to again increase public awareness of the wide variety of great, hand-crafted beers,” says Oliver Dawid, expressing his delight.
About pFriem Family Brewers: pFriem Brewery and its award-winning tasting room is located in Hood River, OR, just south of the Washington State border and across the street from the town’s beautiful Waterfront Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia and White Salmon rivers while savoring pFriem’s core beers and current seasonals inside or around the fire-pit on the outdoor patio. The pFriem tasting room offers a Belgian-influenced menu, made with locally-sourced ingredients; designed to pair with the pFriem family of artisanal beers.
pFriem Family Brewers (pronounced “freem”) is a Northwest & Belgian inspired 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, OR. pFriem artisanal beers are symphonies of flavor and balance, influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to our homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest. Although they are served humbly, each glass is overflowing with pride and a relentless aspiration to brew the best beer in the world. We’ll let you decide