Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Active Beers: 121
Beer Ratings: 6,596
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.67/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of the last breweries I tried before flying home and I must say, it is the best in town. That is saying much because there are like a million of them around. Their sours are amazing and a must try. If I had more time , i would come back and try everything they have on tap. If you have time, check it out, you wouldn't regret it.
09-04-2013 06:14:40 | More by Charliechu
4.14/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a sunny Friday June day. Big garage door was open with full picnic tables in front. Our server gave us a great description of sour beers, very insightful. On each visit to the table he was happy to answer questions and give advice for our next round of samples. I'm not a big fan of sours, but if anyone is representing the style properly, this is the place; they have a big variety on tap all made right here. A good selection of regular beers as well, don't start with the sours they'll ruin your palate for the regular brews. We didn't order food, there's just a small selection of appetizers, 3 sandwiches and 3 salads on the menu, so don't plan on satisfying a big appetite.
06-15-2013 02:11:40 | More by dmorgan310
4.18/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Finally had a chance to stop in here 2 Sep 2012 as part of the almost never ending (despite the best intentions of interlopers) CA-OR beer tour Aug-Sep 2012 edition.
Restaurant upstairs, bar down. Sparsely occupied early Sunday evening. Was nice of them to switch the TV, but service was slow otherwise.
Three things to add: the tasters were shot sized and $2, seemed a bit pricey; food was kind of average; staff happy to switch TV from golf to BU-SMU football game.
Original review 31 Jan 2012:
Did not stop in here in person, but I ordered several bottles from here for A's birthday a while back. While in transit, one of the bottles was compromised; the cork failed and leaked about half the beer out.
I called and left a message about the state of the bottle that I had received. The owner got back to me within a day. I had ordered the last of one of the apricot vintages (that was the damaged bottle), and they could not replace it exactly. So he suggested that I wait a few weeks and offered a Vlad or Burbonic in exchange. I picked the Vlad, but they graciously sent both to me. Beer was reasonably priced but shipping was a bit expensive.
Great customer service and great beers, I can't wait to stop in here in person the next time I'm in Portland.
01-31-2012 03:36:48 | More by htomsirveaux
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
One of the musts of my visit to Portland, the beers did not disappoint... as the reviews here can attest. This was around noon on a Sunday so many people weren't there. The place had a rustic vibe to it. Service at the upper level bar was ok, but the guy on the lower level was exemplary, giving me a beer after a visit and even offering to photograph me in the brewery. I didn't try any food there because I had to hit a Burgerville up the street. I was told of the Barrelhouse downtown and would probably visit there before this, especially on a Tuesday night when they run specials. Note: same beers, no condemnation of the place, just a better taste of the city and of the beers.
11-13-2011 07:24:55 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Overall Raccoon Lodge is a decent place to grab a bite and beer. It's rather large and tends to cater to a broad range of clientele, not just the beer lovers. You'll bump into a lot of kids upstairs.
I prefer the downstairs bar. Good selection of beer. Good food with some vegetarian options as well.
Service downstairs was nice. The staff is friendly and appears knowledgeable.
Of note: The cascade barrel house is a far superior location with a greater variety of beer, better service, and much more knowledgeable staff.
08-28-2011 21:44:07 | More by cbarrett4
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Rolled in bright and early at 11am. Upstairs walk, cool open restaurant and bar, neat hop stuff going on around it. Lots of wood throughout the seating area.
Super impressed to drink the Vine on tap, delicious. Bartender super helpful, poured samplers of anything we wanted to try first. Broke out some Vlad for purchase, damn was that some good stuff.
Even picked up a little shirt for the little guy, $7 out the door, what a deal.
Massive plate of nachos that were good. This is a lesser known place in the area compared to the Rogues and Deschutes, but damn if they don't deliver. Not a big fan of their ipa's, but the barrel aged sours is the real treat here. Can't go wrong w/ the kriek, apricot, vine or vlad, especially when they are only $5.50 on tap.
07-19-2011 18:56:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I am reviewing this place based on a trip during zwickelmania. It was my first time out to the lodge since sour beers have become more of an interest and getting out there from SE PDX is a bit of a chore. Regardless, this was far and away the best experience I have had at a brewery anywhere. The brewmaster was generously pouring from the tanks, has above and beyond expert knowledge of his craft, was very opening out his blending methodology, and seemed more intoxicated in that fun way than anyone else there. Bonus that they poured tastes DIRECTLY FROM THE BARRELS. Outrageous. A must visit on that special day, and from what I understand about the bar, any other time is generous and pleasant as well.
05-31-2010 17:04:46 | More by squaremile
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited the downstairs part for Zwickelmania. Everyone was super friendly from the bartender to the head brewer and other brewer.
A great barrel room/brewery. The space was nice and had good lighting. Way awesome to be able to check out the barrels.
Really some great high quality beer here. This is a staple place in Portland for serious beer and should not be missed. I learned about this place very late in the game, but I am happy that I am aware of it and the exceptional beer that is produced here!
03-11-2010 23:47:38 | More by djbreezy
4.26/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited several times the last couple of months and wanted to share the love, especially after their fine showing at HAF.
I went in early afternoon both times while the better half was shopping at nearby mega-mall. They had their usual selection of taps, plus an Autumn Gose and Nightfall, a blackberry sour. Both were outstanding. While I didn't eat, they did a brisk lunch business and the food looked quite good, the usual pub fare at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, my timing wasn't quite right to partaken in their Gold and Silver sours which rumor has it may be bottled soon. The female manager was extremely nice and informative. A bit of the beaten path (I've mastered the shortcut from John's Marketplace :) ) and for fans of sours a must stop. For those of you willing to step out of your aleness, a revelation.
01-01-2010 20:02:34 | More by jdense
4.54/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally had occassion to visit this notable (now) beer landmark in West Portland. To say I was impressed would be a huge understatement.
The Raccoon Lodge doesn't look like much from the outside, just another informal looking cafe/restaurant in strip mall land out on hiway 10 (Beaverton-Hillsdale hiway). Things don't get a whole lot better upon walking inside, with the large upstairs dining room and smaller, cozier, informal dining area and small bar on the ground floor. This place is anything but pretentious, and has a very relaxed, laid back, easygoing vibe.
The regular core beers here were OK I thought, with the spiced blond and nightfall sour ale the clear standouts. Was here for a meet up wth ccrida for an in person trade, and when he arrived we cracked open a bottle of the cuvee (fabulous stuff - review coming). As Adam (ccrida) lives nearby and comes by fairly often, the bartender was happy to arrange a tour for us of the awesome barrel room at Cascade. The beers we were able to sample were nothing short of mind blowng, with a bourbon barrel aged triple, the "red," and the apricot blend the most memorable of an incredible afternoon of tasting. I think we sampled close to 10 different beers, all right out of the barrel (except the apricot, which was in bright tanks and almost ready to bottle - get some!). The folks here were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and I'm happy to report that apparently the move to the east side barrel room is going as planned. The guys indicated that nearly half the barrels have already been moved, and it appears the January opening will take place as planned.
What the brewers here are doing with their wild ales (infected with lactic acid I believe; they do not use brett infections) is nothing short of amazing. The beers here are incredible and worth a special effort to find. Also, while they typically have around 10 beers on tap, on this day they also had bottles of the cuvee, kriek and apricot (and one other - I forget what it was now) for take out or on premise consumption.
The beers here, at least the barrel aged sours, are nothing short of amazing and deserving of all the accolades this outstanding brewery has received of late. It's a bit out of the way from downtown Portland (probably a 15 minute drive), but is well worth the effort to visit.
12-02-2009 16:06:45 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub in Portland, OR
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