Cascade Brewing Barrel House Preview

Not that you need a reason, or in this case several, to go to the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, but below you'll find several convincing incentives to stop by this week. For four days, there will be a special bar opening up on the production side of the facility (from 3pm to 10pm), serving new, rare, and vintage beers. You'll see some never-before-tasted editions along with some old favorites. Just check out the details below from their press release:

This Wednesday, we will be designating a single tap handle to feature some of the past "LIVE"  barrels.  Look for Bourbon KriekCherry Gold Yeller,  Spiced Bhari Date Bain de Brugge andBlueberry, to name a few. These will be limited 1/4 barrel kegs and when they're gone, they're gone - but there will be another LIVE barrel waiting to take its place.  With only about 100 glasses in each keg of the LIVE barrel stock, these will turn over quickly!

If you're going to be in town for the Oregon Brewers Festival this weekend, you'll want to add the Barrel House to your itinerary, because we've got big news: the Cascade Brewers & Blenders have opened the vaults!  This Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 10 pm, there will be a second bar on the production side of the Cascade Barrel House where we'll be serving vintage and/or original Bourbonic Plague, Vlad the Imp Aler, Noyeaux and Beckberry.  There is only one keg of each beer per day.  When the vintage runs out, we'll fill in with the new versions of the Nouveau NoyeauxPre-Bourbonic and various other vintage drafts like 2009 Kriek and Apricot, and possibly a few others.  This will be a cash only bar, and all beers will cost $7 per 8-oz glass.

Look for Raising Cain Red late Thursday or early Friday - this one-off from the brewers is a traditional Northwest red ale that features Fuggle, Centennial and Golding hops. Hop resins and dark malts greet you in the nose.  A brisk, though not aggressive, hop bitterness from the Fuggle hops intermingles with the malts on the palate to finish off with a slight hop spice bite and a hint of sweet smoke.  Also keep your eyes peeled for a new IPA called Test Batch.

This week's sourette - vinaigrette made with our sour beer - is Strawberry.  The fresh fruit on the cheese plate is Bing cherries, and the current house made compote is Aprifall, made with apricots, blackberries, and Nightfall and Apricot beers. This Friday we'll serve our Super Kriek compote made with Bing Cherries and Kriek. The new small cheese place is a huge hit with the blenders; fresh seasonal fruit, local honey, shaved aged cheese and PDX ale crackers are perfect as a palate cleanser.

It's a busy week for us, as we'll be at the 24th annual Oregon Brewers Festival at Waterfront Park, serving up our Razberry Wheat in the main tent and a variety of our barrel aged sours in the Buzz Tent.