Blog Tag: Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Rise of the Urban Winery

Now that November has arrived, many folks in Portland will start to make plans for the Thanksgiving holiday. Most beer lovers will rightly look past Thanksgiving weekend to the 17th Annual Holiday Ale Festival the following week (November 28th to December 2nd this year). However, for those with family in town you might need to entertain them with Portland things to do. A great tradition for the last 30 years is Wine Country Thanksgiving in the Willamette... Read More »

Figaro Live Pours Tonight at the Barrel House, Lands in Bottles Next Week

The highly touted Figaro is finally here. From the description, it sounds great—and you already know what cascade does with complex barrel aged beers. In fact, Cascade Brewing beers are taking up 8 of the top 20 spots on our Top 20 beer list, as voted by you! It's been a long wait, but Figaro is tapping tonight at 6pm at the weekly Tap It Tuesday event at the Barrel House. Bottles will be available... Read More »

Sour News from Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Tonight's Tap It Tuesday at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House is a preview of their fantastic Kriek: an oak barrel aged sour red ale fermented on cherries. Straight out of the barrel and into the glass, these live tappings are a great piece of the Portland beer scene. While the spectacle of someone from the crowd tapping the barrel can be a fun (and wet) event, surely it's the beer that makes this a great... Read More »

Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House: Cinnamon Quad

Another Tap it Tuesday is upon us, in less than 3 hours! Check out the details from the press release: "Tonight's Tap It Tuesday Live from the Barrel series at 6pm is Cinnamon Quad. This NW style sour ale is a blond quad that was barrel aged with cinnamon and is a blending component used in several projects, including Vlad the Imp Aler. Aromas of cinnamon with a hint of Bourbon are the first to... Read More »

Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House: Live Red

Live Red is tomorrow's Tap It Tuesday release at Cascade Brewing Barrel House. Only a mouthful will tell, but I'm intrigued by the flavor profile below, especially the combination of hazelnut, currants, and bourbon barrel! "This week's Tap It Tuesday at 6pm is Live Red, a NW style sour red ale that was aged for four months in Bourbon barrels. Dark red wine, raisins and red grape skin aromas are noticed up front. Sweet red... Read More »

Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House: High Class Blond

We just got some info on tonight's Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House: "Tonight we're living large and stepping out with a High Class Blond. Join us at Tap It Tuesday at 6 pm where we'll tap a live keg of a NW style sour blond ale that was barrel aged for a year in French oak. Tart apple, vanillin and soft oak are present upfront. Hints of green apple and sweet green... Read More »'s Monthly Contest: Win a Bottle of 2008 Vlad the Imp Aler!

I know two things about the photo above: 1) it's a 2009 bottling of Vlad the Imp Aler and, 2) I drank it last year. Gone, but not forgotten. If your cellar is missing a vintage bottle of Cascade Brewing Barrel House's Vlad the Imp Aler, you now have a chance to win a 2008 bottle from the brewery! Check out the Contest page for details on how to enter. Vlad the Imp Aler: “This... Read More »

Tap It Tuesday: Beck Blossom

Here is the official information on tonight's Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House: "Happy May Day! In honor of this spring holiday, we bring you Beck Blossom at tonight's Tap It Tuesday at 6pm. This live NW style sour ale is a wheat beer that was barrel aged for 12 months before additionally aging on noyaux shells for a week. Sweet notes of orchard blossoms and almond aromas are the first to be... Read More »

Cascade Brewing Barrel House: Tap It Tuesday

Every Tuesday at 6pm, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House taps a new live barrel of a usually short-lived, one-off beer. What is a "live" beer? It simply means that beer is still active: the yeast and/or bacteria is still changing the profile of the beer as it sits in the barrel. These beers are rolled out of the barrel room and tapped—usually by a lucky patron—at 6pm. They are served at cellar temperature and carbonated... Read More »

Scottish Week at Cascade Brewing Barrel House

The Cascade Brewing Barrel House has announced Scottish Week!  From Scottish twists on favorite beer styles, to new food offerings for the week, the Barrel House is serving up some delicious treats for Portlanders. Check out the details below. I've got my eye on that soured McShagger for tomorrow night's Tap It Tuesday! From the official press release: Mo chairdean choir (my dear friends), it's Scottish Beer Week at the Barrel House, and as a toast to... Read More »

Tonight's Tap It Tuesday at Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Just in from Cascade Brewing (kicking off in about an hour so I'm just passing this straight through from the official press release): Tonight's Tap It Tuesday at 6 pm is "LIVE: Elderberry II." This live barrel of NW-style sour red ale was initially aged for 14 months in French oak wine barrels, then additionally aged on elderberries for five months. Sharp dark port, raisins, black currants and hints of red peppercorns greet you in the nose.... Read More »

Cascade Brewing Barrel House Special Beer Releases

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... Read More »

Scottish Ale Festival

Portland's first annual Scottish Ale Festival is coming up this Saturday from 3 to 11 pm. Hosted by the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, the event will take place on the production side of the building at 939 SE Belmont St. Nine regional breweries will pour 11 different Scottish and Scotch Ales.  The event will also feature traditional Scottish music by Cascade Brewmaster Ron Gansberg's band, Stone Porridge, plus a few bagpipers thrown in the mix. The... Read More »

Cascade Brewing Announces Bottle Release for Two of its GABF Award Winning Beers

UPDATE: Regarding the release of Cascade Brewing Bourbonic Plague and Vlad the Imp-Aler: due to massive interest in these beers and concerns for quantities, we are limiting the purchase of these two products to six bottles per person, per beer.  Thank you. PORTLAND, ORE. - Oct. 13, 2010 - More than a year after winning gold and silver medals at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival, Cascade Brewing will begin selling 750 ml bottles of... Read More »

Sour to the People! Cascade Brewing Barrel House opens in Southeast Portland

It's official! After much speculation, mysterious tweets, heated discussions, the official announcement is below. For more even more information, you can check out our Cascade Brewing Barrel House Preview post from last week. Official Press Release: PORTLAND, ORE. - Sept. 27, 2010 - For nearly a year, sour beer lovers all over the Northwest have anxiously awaited the opening of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, and the wait is finally over.  Located at 939 SE Belmont... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Bourbonic Plague: Need I say more? Read More »

Cascade Brewing Barrel House: Preview

The clouds have come in, the rain is trickling, and if you've been listening to the wind, it's been whispering: Bourbonic Plague.  If you've got a beer geek friend (and who doesn't here in Portland), you've probably noticed some strange behavior lately: a seemingly random tilting of the head at an odd moment.  Or maybe a squinting of the eyes at something that is just beyond the horizon.  If you haven't been able to figure... Read More »