If you find the continuous West Coast heat a bit too much for wine snobbery, or otherwise enjoy beer more than wine come summertime, it’s time to take the course towards Oregon. I mean, Portland’s micro breweries are out of control! There’s a microbrewery/microbrewery specialized bar pretty much in every other corner and some of them are producing or serving particularly sour beers, my all-time favorites!
So, on our way out of town we stopped and had a “brunch” in one of the better known sour beer breweries, Cascade Brewing Barrell House. They have a tasting and lunch room which was attracting both local lunch-goers and beer tourists like us alike.
Due to the big breakfasts we’d had before getting on the road we didn’t try the food, but since them 2oz tasters were both plenty and rather reasonably prized (2-2,5 dollars each) we did upload some serious vitamin b…
The beer list is long and includes sours aged in wine barrells, together with grapes, with other fruit and just plain sour beers… on top of everything they had two seasonal beers which one got to taste straight from the barrel, some co-brewed stuff, and one cider.
Both seasonal products blew me out of the water. Their 4th of July celebration beer, Red, White and Brew, had some berries on the nose and hence reminded me of some wines, but it was really subtle on the mouth, berries being merely a hint on the palate and finish. Really good beer which made my soul cry for the fact that they didn’t sell it in the bottles (and I still secretly kick myself for not splurging for a growler of it, even though it would’ve cost a little fortune and should’ve had been drunk during the next couple days anyway…) Run like a Cantaloupe had been brewed with some serious cantaloupe melon, which was clear on the nose and on the palate rounded the sourness without being too obvious.
Apart from the seasonal stuff one can buy most of their products to go, either in bottles or in growlers. Needless to say our little car was quite, ahem, loaded when we got back home… now I only have to find a good enough excuse to open one of them soon! ;)
So, if you find yourself in Portland with few hours in hand and don’t have to drive anytime soon, do your dry throat a favor and pay a visit to east side and this awesome brewery! In close distance there’s also others, like Base Camp Brewing Company, Buckman Botanical Brewery and Commons Brewery, just to mention few.