Beer Guide 2015: Hood River Beer Escape

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707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, 541-321-0490,

Pfriem's industrial-chic pub seems to be in a continuous state of expansion, and it isn't hard to see why. Waterfront views, beer-steamed clams and some of the best beer in the state make this a must-hit. Snack pairings run the gamut from a Pilsner with house-cut fries to the Belgian Strong Dark with bacon blue cheese dates.

Double Mountain

8 4th St., Hood River, 541-387-0042,

The best food in Hood River is nearly always at brewpubs, and Double Mountain brings its knowledge of Wyeast yeast to bear on its char-crusted, New Haven-style, brick-fired pizzas that rank highly even among Portland's best. Pair the Jersey Pie—with hot capicola and Mama Lil's peppers—with one of a raft of seasonals, whether Devil's Kriek, Pale Death Belgian Imperial IPA, or an anise-rich root beer blend for kids.


4785 Booth Hill Road, Hood River, 541-490-9161,

You know the oil painting of Mount Hood on every bottle of David Logsdon's farmhouse masterpieces? They're painted by Icelandic artist Seaberg Einarsson. At the actual Logsdon farmhouse, down a little road between Hood River and Parkdale, one can see that same view and drink those same beers, poured by the people who make Logsdon happen. Last time we were there, it was Einarsson himself.

Full Sail

506 Columbia St., Hood River, 541-386-2247,

The Portland offshoot of this lager-maker has been shuttered for a year, meaning you'll have to head to Hood River for ultra-fresh Session and a wide selection of special-edition beers and cask ales with experimental hops.

Rack & Cloth

1104 1st Ave., 541-965-1457,

Yes, Double Mountain has the booze-and-pizza game locked down in Hood River. Next time, drive five miles east to a tiny cidery and pizza shop in the town of Mosier (pop. 433). The flagship cider is an admirably dry and quaffable drop called Stony Pig. The bare-bones menu listed on a posterboard is always in flux, but on our visit included a very nice hummus plate, a sturdy broccolini salad and a very nice pizza of roasty eggplant, feta and basil.

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