Cascade Brewing Set to Release Cans of Gose Roselle

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Gose Roselle on Friday, February 28.

Arriving as Cascade Brewing’s second canned sour beer, Gose Roselle is a Gose-style Ale “aged in oak barrels for up to 10 months before infusing with roselle hibiscus, fresh Meyer lemon zest, ground coriander and Oregon coast sea salt.” Gose Roselle comes in at 5.3% ABV.

“We’ve been working hard over the last year to create a quality, easy drinking, barrel-aged sour in a can, and we’re very excited to see that come to fruition with the Gose Roselle. Our goal is to offer a sessionable yet multi-dimensional beer that bridges the gap between quick-turn kettle sours and barrel aged premium sours, and I’m very proud of our team for accomplishing exactly that.”

 

– Kevin Martin, Cascade Brewing Director of Brewery Operations

Gose Roselle will debut at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on February 28 and will enter limited distribution shortly after that date. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Gose Roselle from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; February 28, 2020
Style – Gose
ABV – 5.3%
Treatment – Aged in oak barrels for up to 10 months before infusing with roselle hibiscus, fresh Meyer lemon zest, ground coriander & Oregon coast sea salt
Fun Fact – “Gose Roselle is being released as part of Cascade Brewing’s 9th annual Sour Fruit Fest, taking place Feb. 27 through March 1 at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House at 939 SE Belmont St. and at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing at 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. Over four days, sour beer fans can look forward to tasting more than three dozen Northwest sour beers blended with a variety of fresh fruits from the local region.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Limited

Cascade Brewing Puckers Up for Valentine’s Day, Releases Pear Mary & Kentucky Peach 2019 Sour Ales

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will treat sour beer lovers to two Limited Releases – Pear Mary and Kentucky Peach 2019 – on Valentine’s Day 2020.

Making its debut as an all new Sour Ale project from Cascade Brewing, Pear Mary is a “blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels then naturally fermented with juice from Northwest-grown pears and infused with fresh rosemary.”  After a slumber of up to 18 months, Pear Mary (7.1% ABV) emerges from the barrels to offer “notes of fresh pear, pine and ginger with a balanced acidity, soft fruit sweetness and champagne-like effervescence.”

Back to provide fans with a new vintage featuring fruit from 2019, Kentucky Peach 2019 is “a blend of sour wheat and quad ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to 16 months with fresh, Northwest-grown peaches.”  This treatment yields “flavors of ripe peaches and warm bourbon with hints of oak and a light malt sweetness.”

Both Pear Mary and Kentucky Peach 2019 will officially release in Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on February 14 and will enter distribution shortly after that date.  Pear Mary will be available in 500ml bottles and on draft through Cascade’s regular distribution network while Kentucky Peach 2019 will be available on draft only through limited distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pear Mary 2019 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; February 14, 2020
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.1%
Treatment – Blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels then naturally fermented with juice from Northwest-grown pears & infused with fresh rosemary
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

 

Cascade Brewing Releases Tropical Grasslands Gose as its First Canned Sour

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tropical Grasslands, a Barrel-aged Gose available exclusively in cans, on January 13.

Arriving as the first offering in a new series of canned Sour Ales that are “meant to be consumed fresh, not aged,” Tropical Grasslands is a Gose-style Ale “aged in oak barrels for up to 10 months then infused with fresh orange zest, fresh lemongrass, ground coriander and Oregon Coast sea salt.”  Coming in at an easy drinking 5% ABV, Tropical Grasslands is the approachable yet full-flavored Sour Ale you have been longing for.

“Tropical Grasslands is the first in a new series of canned sours that are designed to be crisp, easy-drinking sours with clean and complex flavors,” explained Kevin Martin, director of brewery operations for Cascade Brewing. “With soft acidity and fresh flavors, this canned series will be a great gateway sour for those new to sour beer, and will also appeal to the sour beer connoisseur looking for a softer approach to the style.”

Tropical Grasslands hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on January 13 and will enter limited distribution shortly after the on-site releases. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho. Tropical Grasslands will not be available on draft.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Grasslands from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; January 13, 2020
Style – Gose
ABV – 5%
Treatment – Aged in oak barrels for up to 10 months then infused with fresh orange zest, fresh lemongrass, ground coriander & Oregon Coast sea salt
Availability – 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Oregon, California, Washington & Idaho

Cascade Brewing Introduces The Devil Wears Lager

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that The Devil Wears Lager, the brewery’s first ever-lager in cans, will debut on Friday, November 8.

Arriving as a bit of a departure from Cascade Brewing’s lauded lineup of Northwest sour style ales, The Devil Wears Lager – a special collaboration with Roy Farms of Moxee, Washington – is a Dry-hopped Lager featuring “generous portions of experimental Pacific Northwest hops from the ADHA breeding program.”  Known as ADHA-1940, this new hop varietal is “front and center in this brew, lending an American noble hop quality with aromatic, spicy, floral and resinous characteristics.”

The Devil Wears Lager will officially hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on November 8.  This new offering is currently only available in 16 oz. cans, but draft availability is expected to surface in the coming weeks.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Devils Wears Lager from Cascade Brewing

Release – November 8, 2019
Style – Dry-hopped Lager
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – ADHA-1940
Availability – 16 oz. cans; draft to follow at a later date
Distribution – None. Currently only available at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing

Tasting Notes: Vlad the Imp Aler (2017) from Cascade Brewing

VladPour2For this special Halloween week edition of Tasting Notes, we sit down and get acquainted with the infamous Vlad the Imp Aler (2017) from Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon).

Known to be “one of the most iconic projects in Cascade’s 20-year history of brewing and blending sour beer,” Vlad the Imp Aler is “a combination of quad and blond ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with orange peel and coriander.”  After its lengthy slumber, Vlad the Imp Aler rises to deliver “a fresh acidity and light malt sweetness with notes of bourbon, citrus and spice.”

The 2017 vintage of Vlad the Imp Aler officially debuted back in mid-September 2019 and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can look for this Limited Release offering to be available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.

Alrighty . . . now that we have gone over a bit of this notorious brew’s backstory, let’s pop a bottle and see what Vlad the Imp Aler discloses to us over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Vlad the Imp Aler (2017) from Cascade Brewing

Appearance: Vlad presents itself as a bright caramel, amber hued brew capped with about a 1/4 finger of white, spritzy foam.  When held to direct light, the amber tones push through and the overall look transitions to more of an apricot color.  The beer is mostly clear and tiny little bubbles can be seen washing about near the top cap.  Head retention is minimal, falling almost immediately to a lasting but very thin ring that drops the occasional dollop of lace on the glass.

Aroma:  The aromatics open with that telltale note of souring bacteria alongside some wet wood.  Bourbon notes then open up with a touch of oak, vanilla and straight boozy bourbon. Vinous qualities are light but there is a bit of wine character layered within.  Citrus tones of orange and lemon lend some acidity and the profile closes with a pretty wonderful dose of funk.

Taste:  The first flavors to hit the tongue are some sweeter tones of honey, caramel, vanilla and light bourbon.  Things then shift suddenly to offer a vinous note that translates as a sweeter white wine note (think Riesling). The Quad base then supplies hints of candi sugar, candied orange peel, and dark fruit that is both sweet and tart – the tart fruit flavor works beautifully with the waves of wild funk and lactobacillus sourness.  The acidity then kicks in with a finish full of citrusy notes from the added orange and coriander.

Mouthfeel:  Heavier side of medium in body with a subtle carbonation presence, this Sour Ale is bright but still maintains a good amount of texture.  The beer balances sweet and sour beautifully while adding just the right amount of acidity.  The vinous notes try to dry things out a bit, but flavors are still allowed to linger a while.  The 11.6% ABV is actually pretty wily, only offering a bit of heat in the throat (nothing near what you expect from almost 12%).  The aftertaste is all honey and citrus.

Final Thoughts:  There is no denying that Vlad the Impaler, the legendary figure in Wallachian history and national hero of Romania, knew how to make an impression. Cascade Brewing’s Vlad the Imp Aler also has quite the personality and easily makes a lasting impression as an incredible American Sour Ale but without all the . . . you know . . . impaling.

Vlad rocks a gorgeous push and pull between sour and sweet that you don’t often find in many Sour Ales (at least not with this level of execution).  The wine and bourbon barrels work beautifully with the base beers and souring bacteria to create a harmonious level of sourness, tartness, sweetness, acidity and even a little drying quality.  Simply calling it a Sour Ale is a disservice because there is so much more going on here. It is a mind-bending experience that challenges your senses and everything you thought you knew about beer. It is unique and memorable.  It is an absolute showstopper. It is Vlad the Imp Aler and you need to get your hands on a bottle or pour while you still have a chance. Prost!

Cascade Brewing & Burial Beer Co. Collaborate on Chêne des Fous Sour Ale

CascadeBurialCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Chêne des Fous 2018, a special collaboration project with Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina), on October 11, 2019.

Pronounced “shen de-FOO” and translating to mean “Oak of the Fools,” Chêne des Fous is “a blend of sour triple ales aged for up to 18 months in French oak barrels with dried sumac, fresh apricots and toasted American oak chains.”  Weighing in at 9.7% ABV, Chêne des Fous offers its drinker “intense oak flavors . . . met with savory lemon and dried fruit notes from the sumac and a subtle stone fruit aroma.”

Chêne des Fous 2018 will debut in Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on October 11 and will also make special appearance at Burial Beer Co.’s Burnpile Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 12. This Limited Release offering will hit distribution on October 11 as well, and you can expect to find it available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chêne des Fous 2018 from Cascade Brewing & Burial Beer Co.

Release – Limited; October 11, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.7%
Treatment – Blend of sour triple ales aged for up to 18 months in French oak barrels with dried sumac, fresh apricots & toasted American oak chains
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Cascade Brewing Alerts the Craft Beer Community to the Return of Vlad the Imp Aler

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that Vlad the Imp Aler will make its long-awaited return on Tuesday, September 17.

Known to be “one of the most iconic projects in Cascade’s 20-year history of brewing and blending sour beer,” Vlad the Imp Aler is “a combination of quad and blond ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with orange peel and coriander.”  After its lengthy slumber, Vlad the Imp Aler rises to deliver “a fresh acidity and light malt sweetness with notes of bourbon, citrus and spice.”

Vlad the Imp Aler will debut in Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on September 17 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Vlad the Impaler (2017) from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; September 17, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – ???
Treatment – A combination of quad & blond ales aged in bourbon & wine barrels for up to two years with orange peel & coriander
Fun Fact – The release of the 2017 project “marks Vlad’s first bottle release since the 2011 project, and the first time it’s available in 500ml bottles”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Cascade Brewing Introduces Pistil Whipped Barrel-aged Blonde Ale

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Pistil Whipped on Friday, September 13.

Surfacing as Cascade Brewing’s latest Northwest Sour Ale to be bottled, Pistil Whipped is “a blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels with late infusions of saffron and chamomile.”  Presenting itself as “a rich golden-yellow from the saffron’s distinct color,” Pistil Whipped (7.7% ABV) “captures saffron’s earthy, hay-like spice character with gentle floral and honey notes from the chamomile tea.”

Pistil Whipped will debut in Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on September 13 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pistil Whipped from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; September 13, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.7%
Treatment – A blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels with late infusions of saffron & chamomile
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Cascade Brewing Releases Sang du Chêne 2017

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Sang du Chêne 2017 on Friday, August 9.

Translating from French to mean “blood of the oak,” the 2017 Sang du Chêne project (9.7% ABV) is a blended American Sour Ale that “showcases sour blond and triple ales aged in three distinct oak vessels: toasted French and American oak puncheons, Cognac brandy hogsheads and aged wine foudres.”  This blend highlights each vessel’s “oak influences . . ., providing flavors of toasted sugars, vanillin and spice that are complemented by the bright acidity and fruity character of the base beers.”

“The 2017 Sang du Chêne captures the marriage of wood and beer at its finest.”

 

– Kevin Martin, Director of Brewing Operations at Cascade Brewing

Sang du Chêne 2017 will debut in Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on August 9 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sang du Chêne 2017 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; August 9, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.7%
Treatment – A blend of “sour blond and triple ales aged in three distinct oak vessels: toasted French and American oak puncheons, Cognac brandy hogsheads and aged wine foudres”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Cascade Brewing Begins Limited Release of Coral Horizon

image001 (3)Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release Coral Horizon, a Barrel-aged Blonde Ale with grapefruit zest, hibiscus and ginger, at the end of July 2019.

Meant to embody the beauty of a summer sunset, Coral Horizon is a “blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with late infusions of grapefruit zest, hibiscus tea and freshly chopped ginger root.”  Coming in at 8% ABV, Coral Horizon is “a pale coral-red” in color and “offers a soft, approachable acidity level with aromas of ruby red grapefruit and a refreshing ginger spice.”

“One of the key concepts behind this blend was to incorporate all of the major botanical components commonly used in brewing, including roots, fruits and flowers.” said Kevin Martin, Cascade Brewing Director of Brewery Operations. “With a relatively tame acidity level, this is an extremely accessible beer for those new to sour beer with plenty of complexity and nuance for the seasoned sour drinker.”

Coral Horizon is available in Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – and is entering distribution now. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Oregon and other select areas located within the brewery’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Coral Horizon from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; arriving late July 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 8%
Treatment – A blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with late infusions of grapefruit zest, hibiscus tea & freshly chopped ginger root
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft