VastActiv (107) Oulu/Helsinki, Finland | January 11, 2014| Updated March 6, 2015
Visited December 10 and 13 2013. Nice selection of sour beers (which are not very sour from european perspective). Prices are low and samples available. Both live barrels were very good and interesting. Definitely worth of visiting. Food was better than average. Unfortunately had no time to try their vintage bottles. Revisting March 2015. Very interesting Tart Fruit Festival going. Just love these sour beers with house beer cheece soup.
Huge selections of sours and a really fun staff. Not much better way to spend an afternoon than drinking great beer and singing along to 80s standards. A definite must stop when we make it back to Portland.
Is every beer destination in Portland a converted warehouse? Not that Iím complaining, but here we go again. Short wait for tables even at 4 PM on a Saturday. Friendly service. Food is OK though limited in vegetarian options (I had a ham sandwich w/o the ham). Good vibe -- friendly service and not a whole lot of attitude. Tasters galore. Not too loud.
boamr (11) Allentown, Pennsylvania | November 20, 2013
This place just about had it all. Great food and beer. The selection of beers was better than I thought it was going to be. I just wish the place was little bigger.
Visited for dinner and some drinks on a Friday evening. Food was quite tasty and reasonable, really like the cheese plate offerings and the soups were warming and delicious. Tried samples of pretty much all of their beers which at 2-3 a pour seemed a little steep but was ok with it - also you have to order them two at a time. Liked that they always have two "experimental" taps and that you can buy most of their stuff right from the source (although as GT poitned out some are upwards of $30 so be prepared for a large bill when you leave depending on what you get). The setup outside seems nice but was too cold to use although I imagine that it gets a little loud since its on a decent sized street. Still worth going for sure, and considering you can walk from here to HotD its a no brainer.
I wonder how many breweries and bars in Portland are in converted gas stations or warehouses? It sure seems like most of them are. ANyhoo, this was another nice stop, with plenty of comfortable outdoor seating, a good selection of excellent Cascade beers, and good (if a little rushed) service.
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.
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. Thereís a full kitchen with some ambition, and thereís 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 worldís 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. Thatís fine--thereís 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.
Cascade is a blast if you enjoy sour beers. I was impressed with the quality of everything I tried and the beers were fun to drink. Small pours can be had so itís easy to get through the menu. I came back for the seasonal Gose, man itís good. The interior is quite basic but as a beer tourist I guess itís the kinda place you just wanna park yourself and get though the extensive tap selection. Thereís bottles to go with seasonal releases at like 20 bucks or more a pop. The staff working here are cool. They serve food but gave it a miss.