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Cascade Brewing Barrel House
Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
939 SE Belmont St
phone: (503) 265-8603
Sunday - Wednesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
"Subject to change with little or no notice."
(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 09-24-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The first of several stops of my mini-brewery tour on a Portland visit!
A - Despite being located more around the industrial/warehouse section of downtown, the inside is immaculate and clean. Nice and upscale, yet simple vibe to the place. A great environment to relax and savor the beers offered.
Q - Truth be told, I'm not even all that into sour ales that much (though I do like them), or maybe I just wasn't as much before? While there is a decent variety of options, this place specializes is sour and barrel-aged ales, and is the only place I know of like this!
Cascade brewing could to Portland as certain Abbey Monasteries are to Belgium. Tried a sample set of various offerings, my favorite of which was probably Nightfall (A wheat beer/sour ale hybrid). Quality of everything was top notch. There's only so much I can say from one visit, and this review, but from what I've seen, I'm not sure it gets better than this for the sour ale fans.
S - Service was great and friendly. The bartender did a good job of explaining the flavors of their many offerings.
S - As stated prior, the biggest sour ale variety I know of anywhere in the NW, at the least.
F - Tried some of the pork medallion w/orzo. Simply delicious!
V - I give like 2 and 1/2 $ signs overall. Most definitely worth the stop if you're looking for some unique beers to try. Be prepared to spend some time to try what you can though!
03-31-2012 22:58:04 |
More by Flightoficarus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
My last stop in Portland, as I was able to make it here on a Tuesday night when there were specials and more beers, which I was told when I visited the other location. The quality of the beers was exceptional as expected and was amused by the urban animal grazing project across the street. Sampled everything there and prices where a little higher than other places, but you have to pay for quality. Staff seemed knowlegable, but not particularly neighborly... a recurring theme in Portland. On the flip side, it would make a nice place for a leisurely evening and one could drink out front on the terrace. Other than Hair of the Dog, a must stop for any true beer geek.
12-03-2011 06:06:31 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
The first review on here makes some great points about the atmosphere. It is simple, but clean, nothing special.
But I sort of like the minimalist approach as well. Its not overrun with beer paraphernalia as many places are want to do.
Q - cascade was one of the highlights for beer of my trip to Portland, simply top notch, some of the best sours in the world.
S/S- staff was quick, very friendly and knowledgeable and let us have a few tastes.
Great selection of cascade brews, wouldn't expect anything less.
The one thing I was disappointed in is that they didn't offer a tasting paddle.
10-16-2010 10:04:36 |
More by digita7693
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is hands down my favorite spot to go to in the Portland area if i am looking to try something new. If you are a fan of sours, this is your stomping ground. They literally carry about 20 taps most of which are all theirs. They constantly have rotating sours and available seasonals as well.
Tuesday nights are "Tap it Tuesdays", where a new, typically one-off barrel is tapped for your enjoyment. Most of their beers are served in small 8oz pours but some of their lower ABV stuff will also come in appropriate glassware. I went in their once and coming back a few days later the bartender still remembered my name! This alone makes me a repeat customer and they are always happy to serve you are are knowledgable about the beers they pour.
Another good bet is to get tasters, at $2 a glass this might seem like a rip off but if you want to try/compare a variety of sours for cheap, this is easily the best way to do it. Enjoy!
02-09-2011 22:22:05 |
More by Brewbro000
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Bent, past tense, and a hell of a ride in, it was. Now navigated in nineish on a Thursday, no Wednesday (I have no perception of time or space at this point), Belmont, and that must be it there. I think it’s safe to say we’re going to do some time here before heading out to Jon’s, I mean, we’re already going to take some shit for missing dinner; might as well get our sour on…
Parked past and give Phil a few steps to get his smoke on. Brick front building with some yellow baby lighting strung. Up & in, through a garage door; a most common theme in the Pac NW, it seems. And settled in at the bar to the rear; straight, marbled laminate topped with a wood lip, panel base, shiny kick plate, & piping foot rail. Seating for 10 on stainless steel stools, squozen in tightly, and then a shorty sideways end piece seating another ‘3 Davo’ (yes, that’s now an accepted standard unit of measure).
Barback is stainless steel drainage below 3 barrel ends to both sides of center on a split green backing. There are handles everywhere, and it’s um, involved, to tell what’s what and where. To the left side, 2 barrel ends with a single tap each, and a 3rd with 4 taps, and then 2 taps in between each barrel extending from the wall (I think that’s 8); and then the 3 barrel ends to the right hold 4 handles each, and then there are 2 handles in between each of those extending from the wall (so, another 16), I think there’s space for 24 in all. Glassware in a handful of sizes shelved below the length. 4 x 8 horizontal board above, listing draft selections & ABV’s in 2 rows, and smaller boards on the ends listing barrel selections, and bottle, growler, & grenade pricing; track spots highlighting the show.
The room itself is kind of hangerish, with rounded to the ceiling cross beam rafters. Black fabricy ceilings with wide drop lamps, cement floors, lime colored walls and panel windows up front. A few logo label pieces (The Vine & Sang Noir) for the lookin’ at, flats on 2 walls opposite and the far corner, and a swag display to the side side, as well. 5 fabric backed & green leather booths running the far wall; brewery pics mounted above, and lanterns atop. And then barrel tables across the floor in 2 rows of 5. And out front, 6 bar counter spurs on the railings 3 & 3, and nearly a dozen and a half green picnic tables down below barrel penned.
So, it looks like they’ve got 22 taps, a fairly even split between ‘things sour’ (Razberry Wheat, Summer Gose, Strawberry, Apricot, The Vine, Honey Ginger Lime, Sang Noir, 2011 Kriek, Elderberry, Barrel Aged Bruin), and ‘not’ (Portland Ale, Red Eye Rye, Cascade IPA, RyePA, Saison De La Maison, Saison Rouge, Saison Minuit, Saison Fume, Summer Solstice IPA, Summer Weizen, Oblique Coffee Porter), plus 2 live barrels (Cherry Bourbonic Plague, Bourbon Barrel Aged Fruit Blend).
A max of 2 tasters at a time for $2 each. Needless to say, we’re doing pairs due to time restraints, by which I mean, they may want to close up and go home at some point. Pairs; The Vine (white wine grapes, love) & Sang Noir, Elderberry & Strawberry, Honey Ginger Lime (strangely tasty, Phil wants to mix it with Gin, I don’t blame him) & Apricot (I very much so do dig), and the Kriek & Razberry Wheat. And then I moved to done with the (amazing) Summer Gose we had 3 nights ago in Seattle.
Revisiting 2 days later, fuck it; I’m having at the Saisons (Saison De La Maison, tropical fruit & spiciness; Saison Rogue, red saison, sweet fruitiness; Saison Minuit, black saison, chocolate, spices, sweet milk chocolate; Saison Fume, smoke gives way to bandaid phenolics, why do I have to taste them?), and now onto sours once more (Cherry Bourbonic Plague, sour cherry pie, crazy dark fruits; Barrel Aged Bruin, wood, sherry flavors, good Oud Bruin), and another Summer Gose.
All in all, Strawberry, Apricot, The Vine, Honey Ginger Lime, 2011 Kriek, Summer Gose, Barrel Aged Bruin, & Cherry Bourbonic Plague were the best of ‘em.
Board at the end of the bar listing charcuterie, cheese, hummus, soup & daily specials. I had the Italian vegetable soup with orzo, it was amazingly kickass. Phil had the cheese & fruit plate. It came with cherries, pickled things including a brussel sprout I was kind of freaked out by, and some honey he keeps going on about (best honey I’ve ever had!) I had planned on also taking in the cheese & fruit plate on the heels of the soup, but was preoccupied by sours; distracted, derailed, deceived.
And on the revisit, Janet & Ed ordered the cheese & fruit plate, so I got to try the crazy honey and fresh bell pepper hummus (excellent). And the soup is now a seafood chowder (clam, shrimp & crab). I am having a bowl.
Chill house. Lots of friendly folks all revved up for the brewer’s festival tomorrow and tomorrow; a picnic, parade, and 3 or 4 days of bad behaviors. Yeah man, sorry about dinner Jon. Good goddamn sourz things happening here.
11-21-2012 16:00:36 |
More by slander
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 |
More by portlandjeff
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Checked this place out with the wife while we were honeymooning in Portland.
Atmosphere-The tasting room is in a converted warehouse type building with large sliding front doors that were open to the outside patio. Floors were polished concrete with a few picnic tables and booths scattered about. Overall a pretty typical Oregon brewery tasting room but really well done.
Quality- While you're not likely to walk into Cascade without knowing a little bit of what they're all about (mostly sour ales), for the uninitiated, google them first because if sours aren't your thing, then this may not be the place for you. With that said, there are a number of excellent non-sour beers produced there to quench your thirst. If sours turn you on, however, this place is about as sexy as a Northwest craft brewery can get. Wonderfully creative barrel aged sour beers are available for you to quaff and dissect. Portions of the line-up are always changing so I won't make specific recommendations, but suffice it to say, we had an extraordinary row of sours presented to us.
Service- Service was quick and very friendly. Had a great beer-geek conversation with the bartender over bacteria and yeast used in sour ale production and it was nice to see a bartender really know her stuff. (I've come across too many that don't.)
Selection- There's a line of non-sours available for those not down with tart and they're all very good. The line of sours is perhaps the most expressive with flavors running a full spectrum. There were probably about 12 beers available for us to try including 2 selections from their "live from the barrel"...a real treat.
Food- We had the medium mixed meat/cheese plate for pairing and it was fantastic. The menu is fairly simple but well designed for beer pairing.
If sours are your love, then you can hardly go wrong with this place. Portland is a better city by the existence of this place.
09-15-2011 18:12:26 |
More by matylight
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've had this spot on the list for awhile, and it did not disappoint. Was on a biz trip and only had time to visit one brewery, so this is the spot I chose.
Was able to try just about every sour they had on tap (Raspberry Wheat, The Vine, Apricot, Noyaux, Blueberry, Vlad the Imp-Aler, Kriek, Manhattan NW, etc). They also had two live barrels - one of which was a Fruit Loops Sour (which was quite tasty). I was really impressed by how many of their sours they actually had on tap at one time. They also had Cinnamon Apple, and several very impressive/surprising blender tap specials (Chocolate Bourbonic Plague was pretty outstanding).
I can't wait to head back - their food was also surprisingly good (as it's often an area that's overlooked at breweries...not the case here).
The atmosphere was great - big garage bay doors to let in natural light (as the sun was actually out this day).
Prices were also very reasonable...I recommend buying a bunch of the beers and sending them home if you're not local - you can buy limited bottles online, but they have many, many more available at the actual barrel house.
05-20-2013 21:51:21 |
More by MtnSoup
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This was an awesome place! Walked in a few minutes before closing. They guys stuck around and enjoyed our company and remained open for another 30 mins. They had everything from the Vine '10 to Vlad on tap. Biscuit, the bartender, was really chill and introduced us to Beck, one of the brewers. If you came from out of town, they would give you a tour of their barrel room, where some sleeping Bourbonics age. It was really cool! It was a really cool vibe in there. Lots of friendly, beer-loving locals (there's something about Portland and really friendly people). I really recommend you check out the spot! It just might be your lucky day to have a vintage bottle!
08-15-2011 23:11:41 |
More by PlinyTheKid
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
We spent a really long time here on a weekend trip to PDX. The barrelhouse is an attractive building with a nice new brick exterior, tons of outdoor picnic tables and tables/booths on the interior.
There are three tv's throughout the interior that were showing ncaa tournament games. The music selection on this particular night was pretty cheesy.
The tap list was ridiculous. My expectations were very high, and this place somehow obliterated them. Nearly 25 beers on tap, with a heavy focus on barrel aged sours. Blueberry, kriek, pater, sang noire, nouveaux, multiple other blueberry varietals, the vine, and on and on.
There were 3 bottles available for purchase - kriek, blueberry, sang royal.
The food was good, not great. A meat/cheese/pickle assortment was quite nice, but the sandwiches were pretty average.
Incredible place - will likely never go to Portland without stopping here.
03-26-2012 21:59:27 |
More by dirtylou
Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Portland, OR
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