While sour beer has definitely grown in popularity in the United States over the past few years, it still remains an afterthought on most beer menus, at least on a regular basis. But, the new Cascade Brewing Barrel House is putting a focus on the sour stuff that I’m not sure has been seen anywhere else in the country. Cascade Brewing has been serving up sour beer from the Raccoon Lodge and Brewpub in SW Portland for quite a while, but they’ve really taken it up another notch by opening the Barrel House in the heart of the city at 939 SE Belmont.
The Barrel House features storage space for up to 350 wooden barrels of beer, which will help Cascade keep up with demand at the attached tasting room. The tasting room will focus on pouring their sour beers, and on my visit last Friday they were pouring 12 Cascade sour beers total. They also plan to pour 2 sour beers straight from the un-blended barrels starting at 6pm each Tuesday night. If you need a break from sours, they have a few taps pouring some of the regular Cascade non-sour lineup, such as their IPA. I’d also expect to see some guest taps of sour beer from time-to-time in the future.
This place is a shrine to sour beer. For sour beer drinkers, no visit to Portland will now be complete without a pilgrimage to the Barrel House. It also helps that it is around the corner from the Green Dragon and walking distance to the new Hair of the Dog brewery. I love Portland…
Cascade Brewing Barrel House
939 SE Belmont
Sunday to Wednesday 11am to 10pm
Thursday to Saturday 11am to 11pm