Tart, barrel-aged beers are the emerging beer style and Cascade Brewing is a pioneer of the NW style sour beer movement. We are, by nature, the definition of artisanal brewing: we're not bound by stylistic guidelines, just our own imagination and the ingredients we can access. Our blending house currently houses more than 1,400 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels – plus nine foudres – filled with wheats, blonds, quads, reds, browns and porters that are aged and blended into magical elixirs. These beers have aggressive tart notes that are balanced by residual sugars, fruits, spices and the oak we use. We serve them all up for you at the Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub in SW Portland, and at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House – aka House of Sour – in SE Portland, which features more than 24 rotating taps, with a predominantly sour lineup at any given time. We also offer a number of bottled products, all available at the source. We have received a number of medals from the Great American Beer Festival and a rare score of 100 on Beer Advocate, a world-class rating.
Sour beer experts
Cascade barrel brewing has the best sour beers hands down. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful on picking the beers. This place is the benchmark for sours.
Might be good if you like sour beers
We were visiting Portland for President's Day weekend and since we heard that the beer scene is big here, Cascade was one of the places on our list to check out. We got there at around 1:45 on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn't too packed, but started getting a bit more crowded when we left at around 2:30. We only had beer and we ordered the Pear sour (since they're known for their sour beers, and the Easy Rider flight, which is 4 oz each of: -Portland Ale: Blond Ale brewed with German Pilsner malt & Northern Brewer hops. 4.9% / 14 IBU -Cascade IPA: India Pale Ale brewed with Cascade and Amarillo hops. 6.2% ABV / 50 IBU -Makin' Money Moves: Bourbon barrel aged imperial milk stout with lactose, pecans and vanilla. 9% ABV / 29 IBU I'm not sure if I tasted much pear in the sour. As for the flight, my favorite was probably the Portland Ale, even though I normally prefer stouts. The ale was very refreshing. The other two were just okay, but I also don't really like IPAs. We realized after the fact that we could have just ordered 4 oz pours of the beers we actually wanted to try, and it would cost the same as a flight - so there really is no benefit to ordering a flight here. If you like sour beers, this place might be for you as they do seem to have pretty unique flavors that rotate. But if you're looking for regular beers, I'm sure you can find something better out there.
Absolutely fantastic selection of unique beers. Everything was available in small pours (4 and 2 oz), which allowed us to sample over 16 different beers in a single visit. Every single one was excellent. It’s obvious that the brewmaster and the staff really take pride in what they are doing. One of the best small breweries I’ve ever visited!
House of sour
Great selection of fruited sour beers, they offer ciders and an IPA to those who don’t favor the sour spectrum. Their food choice is limited but offers tasty cheeses, soups, salads and sandwiches
The sour beers are delicious!
The sour beers are delicious! If sours are not your thing, then they have several other options to choose from.