DuffMan (346) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | October 25, 2012
A mecca for sour beers here in Oregon, and arguably for the entire country, this place did not disappoint. Rather, it surpassed expectations in every way. I was so pleased to learn that this place, HOTD, and Green Dragon are all within comfortable walking distance of each other. I could live in this neighbourhood and never be wanting for high quality fresh beer for the rest of my days! We liked the option of sitting outside, and we did. Fantastic tap selection, sours, saisons, imperial stouts, and their IPA -- all are top notch. Food was excellent as well. We shared a bunch of muffalettas, salty, savoury, and hot. Perfect food to accompany the refreshing beers. Such a great place! You know, it could be that when you get to heaven, one of your choices will be to eternally pub-crawl in this district. I better start working on being a better person...
Very cool place. Open and inviting. Tons of Cascade stuff, maybe more than 15 on tap. The service was good and the staff knowledgeable. Pretty busy at times. Very cool and a great place to hangout. The food was good, not typical pub fair.
You can park down the street, and walk in through a patio full of picnic tables. Up the stairs and in you go--booths, big round tables, longish bar. There’s a full kitchen with some ambition, and there’s a great lineup of tapped and bottled beer, here or to go.
The beers easily merit five stars, especially taken as a whole. Some have more flavor and balance than others, and a few of the more traditional styles are a bit more ordinary than the sours. But, given that they make a couple hundred different beers, some of which are labor-intensive in the extreme, and produce spectacular results over and over, Cascade deserves its place on the list of the world’s best breweries.
Sour beers and barrel-aged beers have a lot of unexpected flavors which can seem sharp and even unpleasant the first time you try them. Some people gravitate immediately to these styles, others take time, some never cross over. That’s fine--there’s something for everyone here. The bottles tend to be the special stuff, almost always corked and baled 750ml. The tap list includes sours, aged beers, blends, experimental stuff, AND some more-familiar styles, but the bottles are usually from the sour/aged/blended side of the house.
Some of the prices here are a little higher, but only for beers that truly merit it. The ingredients list (hundreds of pounds of fresh fruit in many batches) can be demanding here, as can time and labor. So you pay a little more sometime.s The pub prices are pretty normal, for both food and the tamer beers.
The setting is clean and bright and modern and welcoming, and they even have the game on a couple of flat screens. The staff here is never unpleasant, though they can be flaky in the extreme. We made a game of calling out to our food when it sat in the kitchen pass-through, plainly visible, while the server wandered around the dining room, ignoring it. She was nice, but, uh, forgetful...or something.
The quality of the food was good, the setting was just fine, prices were fair, and the beers we drove down to get were spectacular, as expected. If they can iron out the mental lapses with the servers, this place will be five stars all the way.
Went here on a late Sunday evening. Good location and everything seemed nice and clean. Service was fast but server was not so friendly and a bit nosy(looking through my Hair of the Dog bag). Great selection of beers, lots of sour beers, gose and even some standard styles. The food was about average for brewpub style food. Great value for sour beers on tap considering what they charge for bottles. This is a great place for a sour beer fan, they had a great list of sour beers on tap and I even bought a bottle of Vlad to go. Will go back here, but maybe skip the food and sit at the bar.
My favorite wild ale brewery in America! Tried a pumpkin sour right from the cask. The draft list was incredible and bottles were allowed for take away. A very well crafted culinary food list was on and I had the lime hummus and a plate of cheese. They had pulled pork as well. Friendly staff. All tasters from IPAs to stouts to sours are $2 each. I could come here to drink beer every afternoon. very very nice experience.
Great patio and very good selection of beers. The staff were friendly but seemed very stressed even though the serving area wasn’t even half full. Not overly impressed with the beers either. Still a nice place, but not THAT good in my opinion.
If you like sours, or are even interested in them, this is a must visit. One of the classic PNW sour purveyors with their own house flavors (love it or leave it), this is a brewery to be reckoned with. Space is nice: good outdoor space with a modest number of tables inside plus a long bar. A huge selection of Cascade beers on tap, on cask (including the weekly tapping of a new wood keg) and vintage in bottles. Pretty good prices for small samples. Always, always something new here.
Nice open seating with a patio out front. Quite a few options on tap and there were 2 "live" barrels where the taps are hooked up directly to barrels and poured that I thought was really cool. Service was great and politely asked us not to consume the food we brought in, but we could keep it there with us. We really enjoyed the sours they had on tap and got a few bottles to bring back with us, though they are pricey. Prices for samples were $2-3, so not bad.
Smaller than I expected. Great selection of Cascade sours, had the Tangerine Dream which was wonderful. Some non-sour beers available as well. Very attentive staff, eager for a chat. Prices are normal for Cascade, meaning on the hefty side, very small pours are available for the obsessed-with-ticking crowd. Overall nice place, might return if we find the time. *** And I did find time to return on your final evening in Portland. Unfortunately, only time for one more beer before closing time. I thought the place came out better during the evening.