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

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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

 

Cascade Brewing Releases Coastal Gose to Raise Funds for the Surfrider Foundation

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that Coastal Gose, a new Limited Release offering brewed to benefit the Surfrider Foundation, will begin hitting shelves and taps on July 6.

Developed to raise funds and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation so that it can continue its mission to “passionately protect our playground – the ocean, waves, and beaches – that provide us so much enjoyment”, Coastal Gose is Cascade Brewing’s “interpretation of the historic Gose beer featuring sour wheat ales aged in oak barrels with ground coriander seed and sea salt harvested from Oregon’s coastal waters.” Refreshing and easy drinking, Coastal Gose (7.3% ABV) truly is a beach-themed beer.

“Few places embody the wild spirit of the Pacific Northwest like the Oregon Coast,” said Kevin Martin, Cascade Brewing Director of Brewery Operations. “To help protect this venerated landscape, we partnered with the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and created Coastal Gose. We’re committed to donating a portion of the profits from each bottle of Coastal Gose sold to help the Surfrider Foundation protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves and beaches––one beer at a time.”

Coastal Gose will debut at the Trashy Beach Bash on July 6 at the Barrel House location of Cascade Brewing and distribution is scheduled to begin 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 and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Coastal Gose from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; launching July 6, 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 7.3%
Treatment – Sour wheat ales aged in oak barrels with ground coriander seed and sea salt harvested from Oregon’s coastal waters
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Cascade Brewing & Mikkeller Collaborate on Bean-to-Barrel Triple

Bean to Barrel labelCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release Bean-to-Barrel Triple, a Limited Release collaboration with Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark), on May 10.

Meant to celebrate the “‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate-making method” of Bean Geeks Craft Chocolate in Copenhagen, Bean-to-Barrel “features a blend of barrel and foudre aged sour triple ales with toasted Oregon and French oak and a late infusion of cocoa nibs sourced from Bean Geeks.” Coming in at 9.4% ABV, Bean-to-Barrel Triple supplies its drinker with “aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla and toasted oak sugars combined with the light pear and citrus fruit notes of the sour triple.”

“We’ve had the great privilege to work with many amazing, cutting edge breweries on collaborative efforts in the past. Needless to say we jumped at the opportunity to work with Mikkeller, long considered to be an innovative force that pushes the boundaries of existing beer styles with intense flavor and ingredient combinations,” explained Norm Stokes, Cascade Brewing Cellar Manager. “Bean-to-Barrel Triple was born of this collaboration, and it was a memorable experience to work together to come up with a beer that incorporates the complexity of Oregon oak with the rich flavor of cocoa nibs sourced from Bean Geeks chocolate.”

Bean-to-Barrel Triple will officially debut in Cascade’s two Portland pubs on May 10 and is expected to enter distribution at or around that date as well.  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 area.  Bean-to-Barrel will also make its European debut on draft on May 10 at the Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen (MBCC) in Denmark.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bean-to-Barrel Triple from Cascade Brewing & Mikkeller 

Release – Limited; May 10, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.4%
Treatment – “A blend of barrel and foudre aged sour triple ales with toasted Oregon and French oak and a late infusion of cocoa nibs sourced from Bean Geeks Craft Chocolate in Copenhagen”
Fun Fact – On the collaboration: “The collaboration was conceived during a visit by Mikkeller in September 2018; Norm Stokes, Cascade Brewing Cellar Manager, and Kevin Martin, Cascade Brewing Director of Operations, met with Keith Shore, Jacob Gram Alsing, and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller. Blended from triples aged on oak since 2017.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

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The creative team – representatives from both Cascade Brewing and Mikkeller – responsible for Bean-to-Barrel Triple.  Photo Credit: Cascade Brewing

 

Cascade Brewing Releases Newest One Way or Another Project

cascadenewlogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that the 2017 vintage of its One Way or Another project is slated for a Limited Release in April 2019.

Based upon the collaboration recipe that Cascade Brewing originally developed with Bruery Terreux, One Way or Another (2017) “combines whole, Northwest-grown marionberries and Meyer lemon zest with sour blond ale aged in oak barrels for up to 16 months.”  Weighing in at 7.7% ABV, this blend of One Way or Another offers “notes of blackberry pastry, fresh citrus and spruce tips with a lively acidity and dry finish.”

One Way or Another (2017) debuted in Cascade Brewing’s two Portland pubs on April 5 and is scheduled to begin hitting distribution this week.  You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for One Way or Another (2017) from Cascade Brewing 

Release – Limited/Tier One; April 5, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.7%
Treatment – Whole, Northwest-grown marionberries and Meyer lemon zest combined with sour blond ale aged in oak barrels for up to 16 months
Fun Fact – “One Way or Another is a Tier One offering; Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft