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Small Business Profile: Cascade Brewing

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

 

Photo credit: Chris Franklin

In the heart of the Buckman neighborhood in Southeast Portland you will find several of Portland’s most sought after breweries. One brewery in particular has received national attention for their unique ability to sour beer using locally sourced in-season fruits in cask barrels. Cascade Brewing’s sour beers have quickly become hot commodities in the craft beer market due to their tantalizing tart and acidic flavor.

Souring beer requires a great deal of research and development to produce a product that can add just the right amount of pucker while also showcasing the beer, fruit and barrel. With origins going back to 19th century Belgium, it is not until recently that American breweries adopted this tradition from the old world. Now Cascade Brewing leads the charge with that same pioneering spirit the Northwest is known for.  

Cascade Brewing Barrel House offers a rotating selection from 18 taps. The brewery features a wide variety of flavors which can often be significantly diverse from one another, leaving something for every sour beer drinking enthusiast. Whether it is a rich apricot, sweet blackberry or smooth honey ginger lime that calls to you, you might just want to try them all at $2 a taster. You can enjoy your beer with a carefully paired fruit, honey and cheese plate or a New Orleans style muffuletta if you have worked up an appetite. Their large outdoor patio makes for a perfect mid summer hangout.

Wanderer by nature, explorer by trade. Chris Franklin is attracted to the unique and overlooked. His ambition is to showcase what may lay off the beaten path. A love of small business and creative craft guide his path as he continues to discover Portland, Oregon. Follow his journey at LostNPortland.com.

 

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Rogue Ales Beard Beer

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Wynkoop Brewery Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

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Rogue Ales Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale 

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Evil Twin Turkish Delight

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Beer store clerk: Um, it tastes like Turkish Delight.

Me: Um, okay. What is Turkish Delight?

Clerk: Just try it.

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Bison Brewing Organic Gingerbread Ale

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Rogue Ales Sriracha Stout

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