Cascade Brewing and Beachwood Blendery Collaborate on Tropical Embers

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tropical Embers, a new collaboration with Beachwood Blendery (Long Beach, California), on March 15.

Inspired by “Beachwood’s reputation for renowned BBQ”, Tropical Embers (7.3% ABV) is a blended Sour Wheat Ale brewed with smoked malt and “aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months with additions of whole pineapple and mango.” The final blend of this “limited collaboration project offers a unique combination of wood smoke aroma and tropical fruit flavor.”

Tropical Embers will hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs on March 15 and is expected to enter distribution at or around that date as well.  You can 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 footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Embers from Cascade Brewing & Beachwood Blendery 

Release – Limited/Tier One; March 15, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.3%
Treatment – A blended Sour Wheat Ale brewed with smoked malt and aged in oak barrels for up to 18 months with additions of whole pineapple & mango
Fun Fact – Tropical Embers 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

Cascade Brewing Releases Mimosa-Inspired Brunch Line

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that the Limited Release of Brunch Line (2017) will officially begin on Friday, March 8.

Crafted to honor “the rain-soaked hordes of [Portland] brunch-goers who patiently stand in line for their weekend fare”, Brunch Line (2017) is a mimosa-inspired Sour Ale featuring “sour wheat and blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to two years with Willamette Valley-grown Chardonnay grapes, then infused with fresh orange zest.”  Brunch Line comes in at 9.6% ABV.

Brunch Line will hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs on March 8 and is expected to enter distribution at or around that date as well.  You can 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 footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Brunch Line (2017) from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One; March 8, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.6%
Treatment – A blend of “sour wheat and blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to two years with Willamette Valley-grown Chardonnay grapes, then infused with fresh orange zest”
Fun Fact – Brunch Line 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

Cascade Brewing Announces 2019 Product Release Calendar

cascadenewlogoBeer calendar season is still alive and well, and we are kicking this week off with a peek at the 2019 Product Release Calendar from Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon).

Just as we do with each and every beer calendar around here, we have posted Cascade Brewing’s full Product Release Calendar below for you to absorb at your convenience.  With that said, this document is rich in highlights and we would be remiss if we did not go over a few of those real fast.  Let’s get to it:

  • The biggest news on this calendar is that the ever-elusive Vlad the Imp Aler (September) and Bourbonic Plague (December) will both see full distribution in 2019. Both offerings will be available in 500ml bottles for the first time.
  • The brewery’s Core Lineup will feature four new releases in 2019: Valley Flora (January), a sour red ale made with Willamette Valley Pinot-Noir grapes; Brunch Line (February), a mimosa-inspired blend of sour blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels with Chardonnay grapes and fresh orange zest; Garden Party (June), a blend of sour blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels with chardonnay grapes, lemon zest and elderflowers; and Coastal Gose (July), a blend of sour wheat ales aged in oak barrels with Oregon Coast sea salt and coriander seed.
  • Cascade’s Collaboration Series will return in 2019 to include projects with Beachwood Brewing from Long Beach, California (March); Mikkel Borg Bjergsø from the world-renowned Mikkeller Brewery in Denmark (May); and Burial Beer Co. of Asheville, North Carolina (October).
  • Cascade Brewing also plans to release four draft-only cellar projects throughout the year.  These offerings will be released quarterly.

Alright, that should just about cover everything we wanted to go over, but there are still plenty of beers and descriptions waiting for you on calendar below.  Check it out and start getting yourself prepared for another incredible year of Northwest Sour Ales from Cascade Brewing.  Prost!

 

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Cascade Brewing Schedules Release of Valley Flora

cascadevalleyflorallabelCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that the Limited Release of the 2017 vintage of Valley Flora will begin on Friday, January 11.

Developed to serve as a celebration of “Northwest regional offerings of craft beer and wine”, Valley Flora 2017 is an American Sour Ale that “combines Cascade’s sour red ale with Willamette Valley-grown Pinot Noir grapes using traditional brewing and winemaking techniques.”  Thanks to “native fruit fermentation and extended oak maturation”, the finished Valley Flora (10% ABV) is able to express “notes of dark bramble fruit, plum, cherry, earth and oak supported by a balanced tannic structure and lively acidity.”

“This project is an off-shoot of Cascade Sang Royal, featuring a higher concentration of fruit and a greater presence of new oak,” explained Kevin Martin, Cascade Brewing Director of Brewery Operations. “The resulting Valley Flora blend has more wine-forward flavor characteristics than the Sang Royal, as well as more pronounced toasted oak/vanilla aroma and increased tannic structure.”

Valley Flora 2017 will officially release at Cascade’s two Portland-area pubs on January 11 and enter full distribution at or around that date as well.  You can expect to find this Tier Two offering available for a limited time in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Valley Flora 2017 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier Two; January 11, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 10%
Featured Ingredient – Willamette Valley-grown Pinot Noir grapes
Fun Fact #1 – On the beer’s name: “With “flora” defined as “plants of a particular region,” the name Valley Flora references the Pinot Noir grape as one of the most well-known plantings throughout the Willamette Valley.”
Fun Fact #2 – “Valley Flora 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.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

 

Cascade Brewing Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Release of Bourbonic Plague

cascadenewlogoOn Friday, December 7, Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) will host a 20th Anniversary Celebration that will feature the very special release of Bourbonic Plague (2016).

To commemorate a milestone anniversary that marks two decades of brewing incredible Northwest Sour Ales, Cascade Brewing will throw a 20-Year Celebration on Friday, December 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing (located at 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy | Portland, Oregon). This event will feature “raffles, games, cupcakes, brewery tours, a birthday toast, and select menu items from the brewery’s 1998 menu.” Guests in attendance will also have the opportunity to “chat with [Art Larrance, founder of Cascade Brewing,] and Cascade’s brewing team.”

This event will also act as the exclusive bottle and draft release for Cascade’s Bourbonic Plague (2016). This highly-coveted, fan favorite offering is “a blend of sour imperial porters aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with dates, cinnamon, vanilla and orange peel.”  This release will mark “the first time in seven years Cascade has bottled Bourbonic Plague, and each [750ml bottle] will be individually numbered in this extremely limited project.”

In addition to the 20-Year Celebration at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing, Bourbonic Plague will also be released in 750ml bottles and on draft at “Cascade’s Eastside location, The Cascade Brewing Barrel House, starting Dec. 10. [Bourbonic Plague] will only be available at Cascade’s two Portland area pubs and will not be made available via distribution.” Prost!

Vital Information for Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; December 7 & 10, 2018
Style – American Sour Ale/Imperial Porter
ABV – 10.5%
Treatment – “A blend of sour imperial porters aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with dates, cinnamon, vanilla and orange peel”
Fun Fact – “The original Bourbonic Plague won Cascade its first gold medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival in the wood- and barrel-aged sour beer category.”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None; only available in Cascade Brewing’s two Portland area pub locations

Cascade Brewing Revives Cuvée du Jongleur

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The label artwork for Cuvée du Jongleur when it was originally released in 2008.

Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release Cuvée du Jongleur (2017) for the first in a decade on November 9.

Originally released in 2008, Cuvée du Jongleur – or “Blend of the Juggler” – is a blended American Sour Ale comprised of “select red, triple and quad sour ales aged in oak barrels for up to three years.”  This latest version of Cuvée du Jongleur – the 2017 project – “pays homage to the original blend, juggling a variety of base beers that offer clean and complex flavors through the lactic fermentation process that has come to define Cascade’s Northwest sour ales.”  Cuvée du Jongleur (2017) comes in at 9.4% ABV.

“When it was originally released, Cuvée du Jongleur was only to be sold in our own brewpub, but since then, it’s become one of the biggest ‘white whales’ in Cascade Brewing’s history,” explained Tim Larrance, Cascade Brewing Vice President. “It was never meant for a national release yet has been sold and traded amongst beer collectors worldwide. We’re excited to make it available once again.”

This batch of Cuvée du Jongleur will officially debut in both of Cascade Brewing’s Portland pubs – the Cascade Brewing Barrel House and The Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on November 9 and enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s nationwide/worldwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cuvée du Jongleur (2017) from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One; November 9, 2008
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.4%
Treatment – A blend of select red, triple & quad sour ales aged in oak barrels for up to three years
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “The original label, which featured a whimsical juggler, has been updated but still maintains the red and black checker pattern that defined the original release.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

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Cascade Brewing Introduces Primordial Noir 2017

Primordial Noir bottle COLACascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially released Primordial Noir 2017 as the latest offering to join its lineup of bottles projects.

Developed to serve as “a concentrated precursor to Cascade’s Sang Noir project“, Primordial Noir 2017 (10.5% ABV) is an American Sour Ale comprised of “a blend of imperial red ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with Northwest-grown Bing cherries and spices.”  This treatment comes together to offer a sensory experience that “features a more robust bourbon and cherry presence with notes of roast malt, molasses and baking spices.”

“To make our Sang Noir, we take red wine barrel aged reds, blend them with bourbon barrel aged reds, then add 150 pounds of Bing cherries to each barrel,” explained Tim Larrance, Cascade Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “For Primordial Noir, we chose to skip the red wine aged reds and go straight with the bourbon barrel reds and cherries. The reds shine spectacularly with a balanced cherry flavor.”

Primordial Noir 2017 made its official debut at Cascade’s two Portland-area pubs – the Cascade Brewing Barrel House and The Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on October 19 and is now actively making its way into distribution.  You can expect to find this Tier Two 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 worldwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Primordial Noir 2017 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Tier Two/Limited, late October 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 10.5%
Treatment – A blend of Imperial Red Ales aged in bourbon &  wine barrels for up to two years with Northwest-grown Bing cherries & spices
Fun Fact – “Primordial Noir is a tier two offering, with pricing based on the style of beer, the type of ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels, and types of barrels used.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Cascade Brewing Set to Release Framblanc 2017

CascadeFramblanc2017bottleCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release its Framblanc 2017 project on Friday, August 17.

Fresh off a gold medal win in the “Wood + Barrel-aged Sour + Brett” category at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards, Framblanc is back to supply sour beer fanatics with “a blend of sour blond ales aged for up to 14 months in oak wine barrels with more than 3,500 pounds of white raspberries.”  This treatment results in an 8.4% ABV Framblanc that offers “fresh flavors of raspberries, green grapes, white peaches and pears.”

“The warm 2017 growing season produced beautifully ripened raspberries that contributed lots of fresh fruit flavor in this blend, making this project year one of the most expressive we’ve ever released,” explained Kevin Martin, Head of Brewing Operations for Cascade Brewing.

Framblanc 2017 will officially debut in Cascade Brewing’s two Portland-area pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and The Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on August 17 and will enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find this Tier Two offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of the brewery’s national and worldwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Framblanc 2017 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier Two; August 17, 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 8.4%
Treatment –  Blend of sour blond ales aged for up to 14 months in oak wine barrels with more than 3,500 pounds of white raspberries
Fun Fact – “Framblanc is a tier two offering, with pricing based on the style of beer, the type of ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels, and types of barrels used.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

 

Cascade Brewing Releases 2017 Vintage of Kriek

CascadeKriek2017LabelCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that it will officially begin the release of its Kriek 2017 project on Friday, July 20.

Twice named the “Top Sour Beer in America” by the New York Times, Cascade Kriek “is a blend of sour red ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 17 months with more than 16,000 lbs. of fresh Bing and sour pie cherries.”  This treatment results in a 7.7% ABV American Sour Ale that offers “complex flavors of cherries, roast malts, oak and spice.”

“This year’s project is highlighted by a deep rich color brought on by the roughly 1.3 million wonderfully decadent Bing and sour pie cherries we brought in last summer. Word around the cellar is that this is the best version of Kriek we’ve made to date!”

 

– Tim Larrance, Cascade VP of Sales and Marketing

Kriek 2017 will hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and The Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on July 20 and will enter distribution shortly thereafter.  You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Kriek 2017 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One; July 20, 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.7%
Treatment – “A blend of sour red ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 17 months with more than 16,000 lbs. of fresh Bing and sour pie cherries”
Fun Fact – One the new bottle size: “This marks the second 500ml launch for Cascade Northwest Sour Ales; the brewery introduced the new format with the release of its Apricot 2017 last month. The brewery switched from 750ml bottles to the new size to 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.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Distribution – http://www.cascadebrewing.com/wholesalers/

 

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!