Cascade Brewing Shifts to a Smaller Format Bottle

cascadenewlogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will move away from 750ml bottles and begin packaging its award-winning barrel aged Northwest sour beers in 500ml bottles on Friday, June 15.

Although Cascade Brewing is widely known for its signature 750ml cork and cage bottle conditioned sour beers, the brewery has decided to shift production to a “more user-friendly and price-conscious” 500ml bottle.  Cascade’s reasoning behind this decision is that this smaller packaging format “will enable first-time consumers to purchase its barrel aged sour beers in a format that works for them, while allowing long-standing customers to purchase its beers in more locations.” The bottle conditioning process at Cascade Brewing will remain the same, and the new 500ml bottles will continue to use the cork and cage.

“The decision to move to the 500ml bottles is consistent with the shift in the industry away from large format bottles,” explained Tim Larrance, Cascade VP of Sales and Marketing. “We have had numerous request from our wholesaler partners and retail accounts, all asking for a smaller format package.”

Cascade’s Apricot 2017 will release on June 15 and will be the first offering to launch in the 500ml bottle format.  For those of you that are fans of the larger format bottles, Cascade Brewing did mention that it “has inventory on more than a dozen releases over the past year and will continue to sell them until they are gone.”  With that said, the folks at the brewery did go on to warn that “fans looking to purchase beers for their cellar are encouraged to do so while they can, because when the 750ml bottles are gone, they are gone forever.”  Make sure to act accordingly when it comes to those 750ml bottles and look for the 500ml bottles to begin hitting shelves later this month. Prost!

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Cascade Brewing Releases 2017 Vintage of Pêche Fumé

Peche Fume bottle COLA labelCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that Pêche Fumé 2017 has officially released as the brewery’s latest Tier One offering.

Offered as a delicate balance of smoke and fruit, the Pêche Fumé 2017 project is “a blend of wheat ales brewed with cherrywood smoked malt and aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months with Northwest-grown peaches.” This dynamic union comes together as a pale golden American Sour Ale that “captures notes of fresh peaches and campfire smoke with hints of dried apples and lemon zest.”

Pêche Fumé 2017 officially released in both of Cascade’s Portland-area pubs on May 25 and will enter distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pêche Fumé 2017 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One, late May 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Treatment – “A blend of wheat ales brewed with cherrywood smoked malt and aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months with Northwest-grown peaches”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
The Supply – “Pêche Fumé is a limited release with only 400 cases and 100 kegs produced”

Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: Pêche Fumé “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.”

 

Cascade Brewing & Upland Brewing Develop Pearpawsterous Collaboration

Cascade-Brewing_Pearpawsterous (Crop)Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) recently announced that Pearpawsterous, a new collaboration project with Upland Brewing Co. (Bloomington, Indiana), has officially been released as the brewery’s latest Tier One offering.

To bring the Pearpawsterous project to life, both Cascade Brewing and Upland Brewing had to brew their own version of a beer that showcases “regional ingredients sourced from each brewery’s home state – Oregon-grown pears and Indiana-grown paw paws.”  For those of unfamiliar with Upland’s fruit contribution, a “Paw paw fruit has a sweet, custard-like flavor somewhat similar to banana, mango, and cantaloupe.”  Cascade’s version of this collaboration went on to layer these fruits “over a base of sour wheat ales aged for up to 12 months in oak barrels.”  This process ultimately produced a fruit-forward American Sour Ale that comes in 7.1% ABV.

Cascade’s version of Pearpawsterous is available now for a limited time in 750ml bottles and on draft.  If you are interested in giving this one a try, you can find this Tier One offering at both the brewery’s Portland-area pubs and through select Cascade distributors.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pearpawsterous (Cascade Version) from Cascade Brewing & Upland Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Tier One; April 6, 2018
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 7.1%
Treatment – “Oregon-grown pears and Indiana-grown paw paws layered over a base of sour wheat ales aged for up to 12 months in oak barrels”
Color – Hazy pale-gold with a white head
Nose – Fresh pears, mangos, bananas, guavas
Body – Medium bodied, high effervescence, light sweetness, bright acidity
Flavor – Pears, pawpaws, papaya, tropical fruit
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Pearpawsterous 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.”

Cascade Brewing Releases Melonious Blond

CascadeMeloniousLabelCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) is expanding upon its Tier One lineup this month with the limited release of Melonious Blond.

Arriving as Cascade Brewing’s “first-ever bottled melon sour”, Melonious Blond is “a blend of blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months with cantaloupe and Summer Kiss melons.”  This treatment results in a 6.8% ABV Northwest Sour Ale that “offers notes of fresh summer melons, orange blossoms and sour candies, with a touch of honeycomb and green peppercorn.”

Melonious Blond is available now for a limited time in 750ml bottles and on draft.  You can look for this Tier One offering at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Melonious Blond from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One, March 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV- 6.8%
Treatment – Blend of Blond & Wheat Ales aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months with Cantaloupe & Summer Kiss melons
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: Melonious Blond “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.”

Cascade Brewing Releases Sang Rouge 2015

Cascade-Brewing_Sang-Rouge_20171213-No-CropsCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that Sang Rouge 2015 will begin hitting shelves and taps this month for a limited release as a Tier Two offering.

Returning after nearly a three-year hiatus, Sang Rouge is a blend of Sour Red Ales that have been aged in “select red wine barrels and oak puncheons for . . . [an] average of 24 months, with some barrels exceeding 30 months.”  With absolutely no influence from added fruits or spices, this extensive aging process added further depth and complexity to the base Red Ale by lending “notes of roasted malts, dried currants, aged red wine and toasted oak.”  The finished Sang Rouge 2015 comes in at 7.8% ABV.

“The release of Sang Rouge 2015 is exciting, not only because it’s been three years since this beer was on the market, but also because we have also doubled our draft output, representing Cascade’s commitment to increasing the draft availability of our brands.”

 

– Tim Larrance, Cascade’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Sang Rouge 2015 officially released on January 12 and will be available while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Tier Two offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sang Rouge 2015 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier Two, January 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.8%
Treatment – A blend of Sour Red Ales aged in select red wine barrels and oak puncheons for an average of 24 months, with some barrels exceeding 30 months.
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Sang Rouge is a Tier Two 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.”

Cascade Brewing Unveils 2018 Product Release Calendar

CascadepourCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) came forward today to present a Product Release Calendar that boasts a streamlined lineup of eleven beers scheduled for release in both bottle and draft in 2018.

To keep with our usual approach to beer calendars, we have posted Cascade Brewing’s full 2018 Product Release Calendar below so that you can look it over at your own pace.  That said, we probably should go over a few highlights before turning you over directly to the calendar.  Let’s get to it:

  • The brewery will begin 2018 with the return of Sang Rouge in January.  This offering “is a blend of sour red ales aged in select red wine barrels and fresh oak puncheons for up to 24 months.”
  • After selling out in record time in 2017, Cascade “has more than doubled the batch size” for the 2018 return of Kentucky Peach.  It will hit in March.
  • The brewery will tackle summer with the mid-July launch of Peche Fume, Cascade’s second peach offering.
  • A new version of Cuvee du Jongleur – “a blend of select reds, triples and quads” – will be released in October.  Often referred to as Cascade’s “White Whale”, this offering was last released in 2009.
  • Debuting in March as the brewery’s first “Limited Release” of 2018, Melonious Blond “is a blend of sour wheat and blondes aged up to 14 months with fresh Oregon Cantaloupe and Summer Kiss melons.” Melonious Blond is “Cascade’s first melon sour.”
  • An unnamed collaboration with Indiana’s Upland Brewing Co. will arrive in April.  For this Limited Release, “Cascade will provide locally grown fresh pears from Oregon; while Upland will supply fresh Paw Paw fruit (a cross between a mango and a banana).”  More details to come.

“In the coming year, we’re taking a slightly different approach to our annual release schedule,” stated Tim Larrance, vice president of sales and marketing. “We will be offering fewer releases, but making a greater quantity of cases and kegs available to our wholesalers worldwide, meaning more beer for everyone!”

Added lead blender Kevin Martin, “Narrowing our scope on fewer releases throughout the year will enable our production team to focus on the finer aspects of each blend, which we’re confident will result in some of the best beers ever to come out of our cellar.”

That should just about cover everything that we wanted to go over, but there are still a few old favorites and soon-to-be favorites left for you to find on the calendar below.  Give it a good look, take some notes, and get ready for another outstanding year of Sour Ales from Cascade Brewing in 2018.  Prost!

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Cascade Brewing Releases Midnight Bramble

CascadeMBCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) announced this week that Midnight Bramble has officially arrived as the brewery’s newest Tier One project.

Making its official debut this month, Midnight Bramble is here to delight sour beer fans with a blend of Wheat and Blonde Ales that has been “aged in oak wine barrels for up to 18 months with black and red raspberries, fresh ginger and thyme.”  This lengthy process results in a “unique” Sour Ale that “offers carefully layered flavors of ripe bramble fruit with a refreshing ginger lift and soft notes of lavender and pine.”

“We’re incredibly excited to release Midnight Bramble for the first time,” explained Tim Larrance, Cascade Brewing VP of Sales and Marketing. “This amazing Northwest sour is a take on our ever-popular Blackcap Raspberry project, but we’ve added some really cool ingredients to the mix.”

Midnight Bramble (2016) is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this new Tier One offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Midnight Bramble (2016) from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One, December 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.6%
Treatment – A blend of Wheat & Blond Ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 18 months with black & red raspberries, fresh ginger & thyme
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Midnight Bramble 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.”

Cascade Brewing Announces Long-Awaited Return of Sang Royal

cascadenewlogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) confirmed today that Sang Royal (2016), a Barrel-aged Red Ale with Pinot Noir Grapes, will make a limited return on November 14.

Back after a three-year hiatus, Sang Royal is “a blend of double red ales aged in oak barrels, foudres and puncheons for up to 22 months with Pinot Noir grapes from Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley wine region.”  Often referred to as “the most sophisticated” of Cascade Brewing’s “Sang” projects, the 2016 vintage of Sang Royal “captures complex notes of summer berry fruit, plum, cola, earth and spice, with a vibrant acidity and soft tannic structure.”

Sang Royal 2016 officially releases on Tuesday, November 14 and will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft while supplies last.  Once released, this Tier Two offering will be available at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s regular distribution channels.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sang Royal 2016 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier Two, November 2017
Style – American Sour Ale 
ABV – 9.4%
Treatment – A blend of Double Red Ales aged in oak barrels, foudres & puncheons for up to 22 months with Pinot Noir grapes
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Sang Royal is a Tier Two 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.” 

Cascade Brewing Prepares for Release of Rose City Sour

cascadenewlogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that it will begin the release Rose City Sour on Tuesday, October 17.

Arriving as Cascade Brewing’s liquid ode to Portland, a.k.a. “The City of Roses”; Rose City Sour 2016 is “a blend of wheat and blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months with rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus tea.”  This gentle, floral-themed project results in a 7% ABV American Sour Ale that “captures the delicate floral aromas of fresh roses matched with notes of dried cranberries, pomegranates and a hint of white pepper.”

“We are so excited to release this blend, which we expect to become one of our flagship brands moving forward,” explained Tim Larrance, vice president of marketing and sales at Cascade Brewing. “Rose City Sour pays homage to our hometown of Portland – known worldwide as the City of Roses – and the emblematic rose takes center stage in this fantastic Northwest sour beer.”

Rose City Sour 2016 officially releases on Tuesday, October 17 and will be available while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at fine craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rose City Sour 2016 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One; October 17, 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7%
Treatment – “Blend of wheat and blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months with rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus tea”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Rose City Sour 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.”

Cascade Brewing Launches Vitis Noble as New Tier One Offering

CascadeVitisbottleCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the release of Vitis Noble 2016 on Tuesday, September 19.

Created as a cousin of Cascade Brewing’s The Vine project, Vitis Noble (translation – Noble Vine) is a blended offering that “features sour wheat and blond ales aged in oaks barrels for up to 16 months with Willamette Valley grown chardonnay grapes, one of the most celebrated noble varietals.”  This all results in 9.1% ABV American Sour Ale that showcases “a wonderful balance between the beautiful flavors of the Northwest grown chardonnay grapes, oak tendencies and a bright clean finish.”

Vitis Noble 2016 will officially release on September 19 and will be available while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Vitis Noble 2016 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One; September 19, 2017
Style – American Sour Ale (blended)
ABV – 9.1%
Treatment – Sour wheat and blond ales aged in oaks barrels for up to 16 months with Willamette Valley grown chardonnay grapes
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Vitis Noble 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.”