Beer 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!
Cascade 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