pFriem + Bitburger + Prost! West Coast Pils: A Transatlantic Collaboration

Brew day for pFriem + Bitburger + Prost! West Coast Pils: A Transatlantic Collaboration. (image courtesy of pFriem Family Brewers)

A transatlantic beer collaboration will make its debut next week at pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River, Oregon. On this forthcoming beer, pFriem collaborated with the legendary German brewer Bitburger alongside Portland’s German beer bar Prost!. The result is pFriem + Bitburger + Prost! West Coast Pils, an exceptional lager that’s inspired by a shared love for skiing and a mutual appreciation of German and American beer traditions.

The new West Coast Pils represents a celebration of international friendship and collaboration between the three businesses. Jan Niewodniczanski from Bitburger, Dan Hart from Prost! and Josh Pfriem from pFriem Family Brewers solidified their bond on a skiing adventure in Alaska’s majestic mountains. Their shared passion for lagers inspired them to craft this unique beer, blending the elegance of classic German lagers with the boldness of modern American hops.

“We are honored and stoked to brew a beer with our friends at Bitburger and Prost! to pay homage to the love of Pilsner bier and friendships in our cherished beer industry!” says Josh Pfriem, Co-Founder & Brewmaster in a press release. “We hope you enjoy this nod to German brewing tradition meeting the spirit of the American Craft brewer! Prost!.”

pFriem + Bitburger + Prost! West Coast Pils Description:
This pilsner shines with a brilliant gold color and a bright, fluffy white head. Brewed with Weyermann Pilsner, Canadian Malting Company Superior Pilsen, and Weyermann Munich malt, it undergoes a decoction mash process, enhancing its complex malt profile. The exclusive Diva yeast from Bitburger brings a clean, crisp fermentation character, while the hop blend of Perle, Saphir, Centennial, and Amarillo adds a vibrant array of flavors.

Coming in at 5.0%, expect delicate aromas of melon, lemon zest, lavender, tangerine, soft pine, and roses. On the palate, the West Coast Pils offers clean flavors of grapefruit, orange marmalade, white peach, lime zest, grapefruit, toasted malt, and orange blossom. Finishes crisp, piney, pithy, and quenching. 

The new pFriem + Bitburger + Prost! West Coast Pils will make its debut on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at pFriem in Hood River, Oregon. From 3:00 – 6:00pm, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy Gravity Keg pours of this collaborative beer.

Then following the release, the West Coast Pils will be distributed to select accounts, including:

  • Prost! PDX
  • Prost! Bend
  • Stammtisch
  • Bantam Tavern
  • Interurban
  • Bloodbuzz
  • Belmont Station
  • Prost! Boise
  • Matlack’s
  • North End Pizza
  • Prost! West Seattle
  • Prost! Phinney Ridge

To learn more about pFriem Family Brewers visit them online at, or onsite daily at 707 Portway Ave., Suite 101, Hood River, OR 97031.

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