Don’t drink the water in Hood River, OR…drink beer instead!

Kite surfer in Hood River, OR

Kite surfer in Hood River, OR

I love Hood River. I love that it’s only 45 minutes away from Portland, that it has an awesome little beach for watching kite surfers and that it is home to some seriously delicious micro-breweries.

My husband and I would like to make it out there more than once a year but as it’s happened, it seems to remain an annual pilgrimage. This year’s trip took place last Sunday and while we got a late start, we still followed our basic routine and managed to add in some new adventures.

We ate some fish ‘n’ chips, this time at The Big Horse Brew Pub. We also felt it was necessary to try their beer so we got the Easy Blonde and the Morning After Pils (they seemed like they were meant to go together). Both hit the spot tremendously.

Big Horse Brew Pub in Hood River, OR

Big Horse Brew Pub in Hood River, OR

We walked off lunch by heading down to the waterfront:

Hood River, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon

After strolling for an hour or so, it was time to find some (more) beer. This was actually a wonderful moment for us because we discovered that Pfriem, a Belgium-style brewery whose beers we’ve tasted several times, is stationed in Hood River. Once we noticed their tasting room, we took full advantage by sampling everything on tap:

Ten-beer sampler at Pfriem Brewery

Ten-beer sampler at Pfriem Brewery

And then it was on to Double Mountain Brewery, a local favorite:

Double Mountain's Lulu -- a pink saison flavored with pink peppercorns, hibiscus and rosebuds

Double Mountain’s Lulu, a blushed-colored saison brewed with pink peppercorns, hibiscus and rosebuds, named after the brewer’s newborn daughter.

And, just like that, the day was gone and it was time to head home:

Sunset in Hood River, OR

Sunset in Hood River, OR

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8 thoughts on “Don’t drink the water in Hood River, OR…drink beer instead!

  1. That’s White Salmon, Washington, up on the bluffs in that first pic — my wife’s sister lives just behind the shot on a big property on the other side of the street that runs along the bluffs. We had fish & chips at Big Horse, too! (I remember liking a red ale of some kind there.) Of course, I’m a fan of Full Sail — the beer AND the brewery — which I blogged about last time we were up there.

    • I love White Salmon — such a cute little town. Have you been to Everybody’s Brewing there? Their beers are *so* good, we often buy them in keg-form. In Hood River, we eat at Full Sail a lot but thought we’d mix it up this time. And next time I think we’ll eat at Pfriem — their menu looked delicious. Double Mountain also does some really good pizza (and beer), I would recommend it for your next visit!

      • Recommendations noted! Thanks! Never been to Everybody’s Brewing — usually if we’re up there we’re either at home in WS, or out and about in Hood River.

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