When in Portland, Brewvana took us on a little brewpub tour around Portland, Oregon. Our first stop was Cascade Brewing. I was pretty excited to stop here because this brewery is known for their sour beers. In my recent years, I have become a huge sour beer fan. Here is a little history of the brewery. Cascade Brewing was founded in 1998 by Art Larrance, who started in beer industry in 1986 with the Bridgeport Brewery. Cascade Brewing brews several different beer styles but they are known for their sour beers. They have two brewpubs around the Portland city limits. They are being sold in a few states from the West and East Coast. There are no states in the middle of the United States where their beer is sold. They have won some awards at the Great American Beer Festival.
Here are a few photos from their back room where they storage the beer in oak barrels:
Here are the beers I had a chance to try while I was there:
It has a cloudy light copper color without a head on the beer. It has a berry smell to the beer. It is a heavy sour taste to the beer. Sour beers are not drinkable. The drinker will have one and have to move on unless they are slipping on them through out the night.
Here is a descriation from their website (www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com):
Noyaux 8.94% ABV
This NW style sour ale features blonds and triples that were aged on oak between 18 and 24 months, then additionally aged for 12 months on raspberries and apricot noyaux. Sweet raspberry fruit, rose petals, almond and vanillin are noticed up front. Tart raspberries, oak and a soft almond note on the tongue lead to a finish of rich, tart raspberries with lingering hints of almond and maraschino cherries.
This beer came straight from the fernating tank. It has went through the packaging process. This is their Blueberry Sour beer. I cannot remember if he had a name on it. I do not have it on their beer list. It has a nice blue with a violent color head. It has a slight blueberry smell with a little sour to the beer. It is same as the taste to the beer. It is pretty drinkable.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, this was a great experience to get by this brewpub. I know the next time I am around Portland. I will make another visit to Cascade Brewing. I just wished I would have picked up a few bottles but I did not know if I could have got them on the train the next day to Seattle, Washington. I will be checking on some online shops or just make a trip there. Both of these beers are slipping beers not drinking beers. Not many beer drinkers get this process of drinking sour beers. They are meant to be sipped over time. They were both very enjoyable and I wish I had time to try their other sours. My favorite from the two I had there was their Blueberry. Good pick Ben and Brewvana! Go get some or put a bird on it! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/