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Cascade Brewing Barrel House
Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
939 SE Belmont St
phone: (503) 265-8603
Sunday - Wednesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
"Subject to change with little or no notice."
(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 09-24-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Cascade Barrel House is the place in Portland if you like sour beers or are interested in trying them out. Brewmaster Ron Gansburg and his crack team blend up world-class barrel-aged sour beers such as Sang Royal, Bourbonic Plague, and the classic Kriek.
The food here is high-quality bar food. Nothing fancy, mostly nice sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups. The beer-cheese soup is incredibly good, and the muffaletta sandwich when available is great. Their baked potato salad is well worth the extra buck as a side dish.
Next to the main eatery is the barrel room where the beers are aged in temperature-controlled rooms. Ron has the rough job of having to go around, day after day, sampling beers to come up with his amazing concoctions. I think if you ask to take a quick peek over there they will usually oblige.
Finally, a good day to visit the Barrel House is Tuesday. At 6:00 PM, they fresh tap a live barrel of beer right at the bar. This is truly straight from the barrel beer, usually straights not blends, and there are some real gems. Servus!
05-12-2011 15:16:03 |
More by cavemanlawyer
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
the highlight (beer-wise) of my Portland trip. clean and basic/minimalist inside with everything set up attractively and taps sticking out of barrels (most not real, but two real barrels with taps directly in them). all the beer was fantastic, including the non-sour, and the locally made cheese and charcuterie was spot-on. the staff was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive and cool. wide array of styles. just awesome. can't say enough good stuff. a must for any sour fan visiting or living in Portland. thank you cascade!!!
04-02-2011 12:57:47 |
More by timtim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
WOOOW. If sour's are what you worship then this place is your mecca. Over 15 taps of beautiful sours. All of their rarities can be found here, and they even sell bottles to go. The staff is extremely friendly and doesnt mind the many questions people have. A plus is the connected barrel room where you can walk through and see the barrel aging in action. I was visiting Portland for only a few days, and I wish I could have spent more time there. Welpp maybe next time. A must go for any beer geek visiting Portland
02-22-2011 18:51:49 |
More by vissai
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is hands down my favorite spot to go to in the Portland area if i am looking to try something new. If you are a fan of sours, this is your stomping ground. They literally carry about 20 taps most of which are all theirs. They constantly have rotating sours and available seasonals as well.
Tuesday nights are "Tap it Tuesdays", where a new, typically one-off barrel is tapped for your enjoyment. Most of their beers are served in small 8oz pours but some of their lower ABV stuff will also come in appropriate glassware. I went in their once and coming back a few days later the bartender still remembered my name! This alone makes me a repeat customer and they are always happy to serve you are are knowledgable about the beers they pour.
Another good bet is to get tasters, at $2 a glass this might seem like a rip off but if you want to try/compare a variety of sours for cheap, this is easily the best way to do it. Enjoy!
02-09-2011 22:22:05 |
More by Brewbro000
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I had the pleasure of checking out Cascade Brewing Barrel this afternoon. It was well worth the trip. Our server Tyler was top notch, entertaining all of my wife's and my questions. We did a tasting of 8 different sour beers, and all of them were quite impressive (Vlad, Sang Noir, Sang Rogue were my favs).
The food was also very delicious, we had the smoked salmon plate (which they smoked themselves) and the Cuban panini with potato salad. It definitely complimented the food.
Seating is somewhat limited, and although It wasn't busy, I can imagine this place becoming packed during Friday and Saturday evenings. If you're from out of town, one could easily make this one stop in a beer tour. Both Upright and Hair of the Dog are located near by. If you're curious about or like sours, Cascade is worth the visit! It's easy to understand why many PDX beer folks named Cascade as one of their top 5 for 2010.
01-17-2011 02:17:42 |
More by CargoCulte
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Cascade Brewing Barrel House specializes in sour beers. I vistited for the first time as part of a media event. Cascade itself is unique because most of their beers are inoculated with lactobacillus (which provides the sour flavor), aged in oak barrels for up to a year, and then blended together to produce their premium line of specialty beers.
They produce over 47 varieties of beer! At any given time, 16 are on tap at the Barrel House. While most are sour varieties, they have several non-sour options--some aged in oak.
Food choices are limited, but good. The beer is a bit spendy, but you get a very unique and high quality beer! Very different from most brewpubs, and well worth the trip.
12-19-2010 08:33:45 |
More by notsoprobeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Well. well. well.
Visited this lovely place on my last trip to PDX. We arrived here and it was well worth the visit. We walked over here from our downtown hotel, and it was AMAZING. Boy was it worth the visit.
I have been to the raccoon lodge (their sister brewery) before and had some of the beer there, but this trip to the CBB was amazing. We walked in right at opening and were greeted by "biscuit", the amazing beertender who has traveled the world and drank the beers. We started talking beer and Belgium with him, and immediately bonded and shared stories of the same bars we had visited. We shared stories of damp, late nights in Bruges, and trips to the houses of the monks. He knew as much as anyone could know of this far, far land of amazing brews.
Well, back to my review, if you enjoy amazing sours, visit this place, period. I had never heard of, or tried their stuff before this time. Obviously all the consecration has clouded my mind. When we went they had had about ten sours and one regular beer on draft. Their sours are NOT to be missed. I love a place that can have ten sours and one IPA and still be in business. This is a guy who sells what he wants and doesn't care about what the general public drinks. PERIOD.
Make the trip.
Worth the trip.
11-22-2010 06:16:18 |
More by schuey1010
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Loved it. The amazing selection of sours on draft... truly rockin. All good, some great, and they have a handful of more than competent 'regular' beers. Friends (non-crazya$$ beer drinker) found their Rye-PA to be solid; cant disagree. Food was merely ok-good with a more sammy and appetizer centric menu that wasn't exciting nor delicious in application, but service was excellent. On the plus side, you can get some bunk sandwiches around the corner (and visit HotD). Atmosphere was just ok. Not as cozy as id like to savor a characterful ale, but better than many. Really, no complaints here. A must visit in portland.
11-10-2010 05:55:39 |
More by oregone
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Limited street parking though you could take your chances in the Grand Central off-street lot next store. Interior features 3 flat screen TVs, 10 seat stainless steel bar, 6 picnic tables and about a half dozen booths, with about 10 picnic tables outside in the converted parking lot, nice use of muted earthtones with several barrels featured prominently behind the bar. The beer is the key here, this is got to be the center of the American Wild/Sour Beer universe in the US, it's hard to imagine a better selection. Service is pretty good, the bar staff is knowledgeable, though the wait staff was still going through a shakedown period. Limited space can't do the selection justice, while there were several one-offs available, Bourbon Plaque, Vlad the Impeller and Sang Noir on tap gives an idea of the tremendous quality. Food features some sandwiches, soups, salads and small plates of nuts, meats, etc. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the food. The most expensive beer on the menu was $6.50, a friggin' bargain. Kudos to Art and Ron for the diligence and vision for making this former produce warehouse into what will undoubtedly be a world class beer destination and a shrine to American Wild Ales. Absolutely essential for fans of the style.
10-29-2010 03:45:02 |
More by jdense
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been waiting a long time to review this one!
It's finally open, and I've been there a couple of times a week ever since. It's definitely towards the higher end of my top 5 must-see beer destinations in Portland.
If I have to dock this place some points anywhere, it's probably due to the atmosphere. It's not bad, it's just not great either. When the sun is out and the weather is warm, having the overhead doors opened up to the old loading dock up front really helps. The good points inside are the creative use of barrels behind the bar - either barrel fronts that contain the taps for the keg beers, or actual barrels that are sticking through holes in the cooler wall that allow you to drink barrel aged beers directly from the oak they've matured in. They also have a few barrels that have been turned into tables, which helps bring the theme out from behind the bar; making it part of the customer experience. After that, the design begins to falter. When I think "barrel house", I think rustic and cave-like; a dark comfortable place to drink some special brews and blends. This place seems like it takes more design cues from a high school gymnasium than anything else. Long picnic style tables that remind you of basketball bleachers, bright hanging halogen lights, lots of blonde finished wood all over... where's the scoreboard?
That was a lot of description, but it's really the least important aspect in this case, so don't let it dissuade you.
The quality here is literally world class. Where else can you go and get at least 12 unique, super high quality sour beers on tap at one time? Bourbonic Plague, Vlad the Imp Aler, Beck Berry, Noyeaux, Sang Noir, etc... all on tap at the same time?!? Count me in.
Service is great. I'll give a big shout-out to the bar manager, Cody, who is great behind the bar, really friendly, super knowledgeable, and always glad to talk about the bar and beers if he has the time.
Selection and quality here are the same. I'll say it again, 12 sour beers on tap at a time, plus at least 4 non-sour options to try on top of those. The fresh hop porter that's on right now is a great option, and a deal in an imperial pint.
Food here is OK. I love the ham and Gruyere sandwich, the meatloaf was passable, but I wouldn't order it again. The bacon tapenade sounded great, but it was way too salty to finish the time I ordered it. There's more I'd like to try. The BBQ pulled pork sandwich sounds great.
The value here is good for what you get. It's not cheap by Portland standards, but these aren't cheap beers, and I wouldn't expect them to cost any less.
10-19-2010 17:05:40 |
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