(Visited 05/2013): Cascade Brewing is a brick building located on Belmont in the Buckman area of east Portland. Parking is available on the surrounding streets.
There is a patio outside, and an open entryway into the inside. The bar is along the rear wall, featuring barrel-top dispensers, and there are high tables, plus some booths along the wall. Beer menus behind the bar display what is available on draught, including current barrel offerings. The menu also lists which bottled beers (mostly sours) are available to take home.
The selection at Cascade is pretty robust, and samples are available of the nearly 20 beers they serve. Again the majority are of the Sour persuasion, including Noyaux, Blueberry, Kriek, Apricot and The Vine on my visit. Some more standard styles too, plus some specialty beers like Chocolate Bourbonic Plague, LuckiŽ Charms and an Oatmeal Pale. Everything we sampled was good.
Service during our visit was very good. The server was well-versed in the beer menu and was friendly and attentive.
Food at Cascade is pretty good. We shared a cheese plate.
All in all this is one of the best beer spots to hit in Portland in my opinion.
Nice place with a mix of indoor and outdoor seating, including a decent sized bar. 12 sour taps and 6 "other," plus a coupe of barrel specials and bottles for in-house consumption. Other bottle available to go. It took a bit for me to get the attention of a server, but after that all was good. Everything for sale in tasters, which can be purchased individually. Vintage bottle list was a bonus. Lack of air conditioning was a drawback, at least today.
theisti (746) Kansas | November 8, 2015| Updated November 9, 2015
Visited on a Tuesday mid-afternoon. Easy to find along a busy stretch of SE Belmont Avenue. With the name, I suppose I was expecting more of a dark, cellar type space - this is anything but. Pretty, new open airy space with plenty of bar and bar table seating, as well some booths along the well. Great sidewalk patio available as well. 21 different Cascade beers on draft, 2 service live from the barrel and a bunch of standard and vintage (2008 Kriek on the list) bottles available to go. Friendly service, knowledgeable service. I have loved Cascade for many years, and certainly enjoyed my visit.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Great little brewpub, with very friendly service and the opportunity to sample many of Cascadeís inventive sours. Donít bother with their "normal" beers - theyíre very middle-of-the-road. Definitely worth the visit.
Walking distance from Hair of the Dog and across the street from Green Dragon. Lots of house beers on tap, about half and half non-sour and sour. Pretty much all of their main sours were on tap or available in bottles. Their pale ales and stouts, though not bottled, were actually very good. Service was quick and friendly. You do get your samplers two at a time in teeny tiny stemmed shot glasses. You really have to Danish tick these beers. Some really crazy beers on tap like a sour pumpkin, blonde coffee stout, ginger lime sour. Quality is high, but get ready for some very avant garde stuff. Bottles to go were pricey, $30 for many of the best sours so be prepared.
When we last visited Portland, we went to Racoon lodge and had an awesome experience, being guided around by owner and brewer who explained us their grand project ideas. It is nice to see those ideas concretized now in this marvellous spot. I canít say Iím immensely fond of the place itself. The closeness to Green Dragon is impressive and meaningful, but otherwise, the area is not particularly attractive and that makes the picnic tables "beer garden" a bit dull as it faces a lifeless portion of Belmont. There were not a whole lot of customers when we were there and it may be happenstance and related to the fact we were there in the afternoon, but there was not the happy, relaxed, atmosphere we tend to encounter in beery Portland places. The interior also still feels a bit too immaculate and not very characterful despite the original and meaningful barrels that decorate the rear of the bar. Despite all those minor remarks, we had an extraordinary time here. Indeed, we came very early in our Portland sojourn and came very close to come back every other day after the one of our visit. Simply, the menu is extraordinary. We love the sour beers they produce and there were probably 10 the day of our visit, exclusing the 4! different saison, the regular stuff and other experiments like two vintages of their barrel-aged imperial stout. We felt like having a glass of almost everything that was on draught yet it was simply impossible and it ended up being one of the very rare places where I just need to do samplers. And thankfully, they have those nice, miniature wine glasses to do samples that work much better than mini-straight sided glasses like most places use. Staff has an obvious respect for the products they serve and were both friendly, helpful and seemingly knowledgeable. Food is relatively limited, constisting mostly of snacks. This is one of those places where beer alone could keep me in for a whole evening, no matter the atmosphere and thatís in a town where many places offer a great atmosphere. They seem to always have a few bottles for sale, including special releases, but they are priced rather steeply, between $17 and $25 a 750 ml when we were there. We still ended up leaving with a $200 bill.
My new favorite place in Portland. More sours than you can imagine, each one wonderful, plus a long line of saisons and IPAs, not as good as the sours, but good. Great cheese plate. Nice place to chill. I love their beers, and would go here every day for one after work if I could. Seems they change all the time, so you might never have to drink the same one!
20 taps of which 13 sour ones. Very nice beers and very good service. Food wasnít exceptionally good though. It happened to be Tuesday when we visited and at 6 pm they cracked open a new cask. This time it was Gose de Mayo. Every Tuesday they have Tap It Tuesday ceremony.
This may be the best place in the world. How about 20+ world class sours on tap, including vintages, another half dozen other beers on tap. All with sampler size pricing (about 2 bucks per). Chill vibe, great service, artisan food but I didnít eat. Wow. Just wow. My mind is blown.
Visited in the early afternoon on Monday June 29, 2015. No AC and a hot day, fans werenít helping much, was a sweaty visit. Fairly big crowd inside, not many outside at this time. Found a table in the back for the 4 of us. Possible to purchase 2 small samples at the time from the rather big selection available. For the first run we pretty much got 2 samples each, then I had a few more once my mates had found what they wanted to drink. Service was good. Part from it being so hot in there, was a realy interestign place, especially with the sour selection and the regular selection to work together. Would absolutely go back if in town again. Walked over from the Green Dragon which is literally across the street, there was a bus stop right there as well, if I remember correct the number 15 bus stopping at SE Belmont St and SE 9th Ave. Parking in the street seems to be available. Not many crosswalks around, so take caution if walking to these places. After here walked a few blocks to Base Camp. Wifi available.
This place is so cool - even when itís hot outside - which isnít all that often. Sit in or sit out. Gaze agog at the barrels with taps. Be amazed at all the high quality ales available. Speak with staff who actually understand the product. Quaff responsibly if you donít have a designated driver. Itís very much a local - but one which seems to have a high visitation rate from afar. At least when OBF is in the offing!