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Cascade Brewing Barrel House


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Cascade Brewing Barrel HouseCascade Brewing Barrel House

Type: Bar, Eatery

939 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon, 97214-2519
United States

(503) 265-8603 | map

Sunday - Wednesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

"Subject to change with little or no notice."

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-24-2010

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Photo of elNopalero
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Wow. The sour pilgrimage is complete. I was amazed at the offerings on tap. Even more amazing was the friendly servers. My party sat at the bar and the two guys working were more than amazing, and found options for even the non-beer drinkers--without any of the snark I've come to expect. Why settle for beer snobbery when there's other options? These guys made the night. Bravo.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

For a Sunday afternoon, this place was pretty populated. The staff is very proud of its sour collection and are very eager to explain each selection ordered. We didn't get any food, so I can't say whether the snacks were good or not. But the sours were exceptional. I just missed the Vlad The Imp-Aler, but was pleasantly surprised with a Bourbonic Plague. Cascade is more a place for the sour connoisseur, like a fine wine establishment; not rowdy, but proper, like a prized landmark should be. A must-see when in Portland.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Very nice selection of sours, live from the barrel sours, traditional beers (IPA, coffee stout) and bottles. Our server (Sarah Jo) was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in suggesting beers for the group (some that have never tried sours before) and bottles for takeaway. We only ordered snacks for food (charcuterie, humus, and bar snack mix) and they were decent but nothing outstanding. The most surprising beer was actually not a sour but the Oblique B&W Coffee Stout! Having the availability of tasters is nice so you're not committed to a whole pint of any given beer and can sample a good variety. Vibe is decent but nothing amazing.

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Photo of Intlpostman
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

House of Sours! Their sours are Lactobacillus heavy, which I like. Their base sours take fruiting very well. All their sour beers are exceptional. A must stop when in Portland.

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Photo of DanJan
3.99/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I've been here a few times and for the most part they are very consistent. The beer selection will always be excellent. A wide variety of great sours, some cool vintages of older beers and some standard IPAs and stouts they've started offering recently. Food is equally solid and pairs nicely with the high ABV and intense flavors Cascade offers. I think the service and vibe can be lacking at times. It's just not an overly exciting places. Great beer and a great place to drink some solid beers, but not a place you'd go to with the intention of staying that long. Nice outdoor patio area in the summertime though!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

On a recent trip to Portland I was pleased to finally visit the Cascade barrel house, having been stymied in this effort during my previous trip. I am glad to say I was not disappointed at all; I got to try some great beers including one that is available at the taproom only (Yay! Rare Cascade!) and they were all delicious. The bar staff were knowledgeable about the beer, and the place seemed to be full of other beer geeks (this may be a plus or a minus for you). I am absolutely going return here on my next visit to Portland.

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Photo of rsvlbrwr
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Ok, when I die I want my ashes to be scattered here. Visited recently on a trip to Portland from Sacramento where I had heard of Cascade sours but never tried any (very expensive by the bottle in Sacramento ($30+). We shared a couple of sampler trays and were blown away by most of the beers. Loved the pricing of the bottles and availability of aged ones too. Brought several bottles back with me. Also, high marks for the pleasant and quick service.

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Photo of flexabull
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

One of (if not) the best spot I made it to on my recent try to PDX.

Vibe is just a pretty standard looking pub, nothing special, but it was easy to find a place to park and sit inside so that's a plus.

Quality is top notch. One of the better sour makers out there, and everything I had a sample of was excellent. They also had a very good selection, upwards of 20+ beers were available.

Service was great. The guy that helped us was super helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. One of the better people I've run into working at a brewery in some time.

Would come back here in a heartbeat, outstanding.

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Photo of JamLand
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I visited Cascade Brewing Barrel House recently on a vacation through the Pacific Northwest.

V: I loved the vibe of this place with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Ser: Service was sold but nothing special to speak of during my visit.

Sel: Great selection of their standards, limited releases and a few vintage offerings.

Overall, a great place to visit in Portland and a classic. if you like sours, you have to visit Cascade when in Portland.

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Photo of jlindros
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Awesome place. Big open area, tall trusses, many taps, 14 sours, 2 live barrels, and 8 regular beers for taps, all Cascade beers. Prices are good, compared to the cost of bottles. Bartenders are very friendly and very knowledgeable. Great beers!

Didn't get any food. Nice granite like looking bar tops, tables made from old barrels, and lots of old timey music playing, like lots of Johnny Cash. And they served water. Such a great place I went back at the end of the night!

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Photo of Nichol
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

If you're in Portland, you MUST come here. Not optional, even if you -think- you don't like sours. You haven't had a Cascade sour. They are a true pioneer, and I hope more brewers catch on to what they're creating and help this trend spread, building and growing from it. I'm amazed and their variety and complexity. Every beer is unique and distinct. And utterly delicious. The few days I was in Portland, I had to keep coming back for more and had to try a new one every single time, never being disappointed by any of them. The servers and bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and really helpful in answering questions. The music is spot on for the location and is tasteful for everyone. The -only- disappointment was that the growlers are filled right off the tap. But, that just meant I had to get a crew together once I got back home to Utah so we could enjoy it while it was still fresh. I also splurged on some bottles - the expense was worth it because there's no place I've experienced anything like it. Truly unique. Lovely experience, and I'm making it a point to come back soon. My new favorite brewery and my new favorite type of beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited here with my wife and kids. My wife loves sours, and this is now by far her favorite place in Portland.

We had a good experience. Not the greatest place for chaotic kids, but we stuck it out anyway. Just too many alluring beers to walk away.

It's not cheap. But, it's sours, at a bar, so this is to be expected. Service was good. Our waitress was nice, knowledgeable, and fairly attentive.

Excellent place to visit. If you like sours and you're in Portland, you're a fool to miss this place.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a must visit in PDX, espeically if you are a sour lover (which I am admittedly, not). The atmosphere is laid back and interesting, the service is great and the selection is fantastic. Would definitely go back on a future visit.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It's Cascade - so you know it's good. Massive selection of Cascade brews I'd never had before, had 8 samples ($2-$3 a pop). We were in town for the Oregon Brewer's Festival - which was hosted by Cascade, they did a great job of it. The bartenders really know their shit - I'm a brewer of about twenty years and they answered all of my questions smartly. The food was really good too. Great spot - wish this NC boy lived closer.

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Photo of scottedwin
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Really cool laid back vibe, was never crowded and the pricing is reasonable considering the bottles are usually pretty high priced. The selection seems never ending and the live barrels are a cool to sample while your there. A must stop while your in Portland, especially if your a fan of sours.

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Photo of guityler83
3.99/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

On a rainy Monday in Portland while on vacation we wandered down Belmont a few blocks and came upon Cascade, a brewery I've heard much about in my sour/wild beer reading and travels.

Not surprisingly it was slow on this day, only a few people where drinking beer at noon, so we grabbed one of the re-fabricated barrel tables. The menu was extensive with fruited sours (Apricot, cherry, elderberry and more) there were two "live" barrels tapped (as they do every Tuesday we learned) one a Apple pie sounding beer with cinnamon the other more akin to a Kriek.

Each beer had the option for a 2oz pour or and 8oz (seemingly small if I compare to Belgium but the scale is likely smaller). It took about 10 minutes for the bartender to bring over our 4x 2oz pours, but attributed to it with a buggy draft line, pun intended.

No Food would be had that day, and I don't recall if they had the option. By the end we each sampled 4 different varieties, each had one commonality I tend to not overlook as easily as most - the aftertaste, it was almost non-existent. The beers were excellent in the start, soft sourness no abrasive harshness good bread character and aroma with some soft oak, but then nothing it just goes away. Its hard for me to judge a beer to harshly simply on that trait but it seems relevant.

Overall Cascade had a good vibe, the service was a little slow at that time, but understandable. I would have liked to have seen the barrel taping the following day, but there's always next time. We left with a couple bottles to take home.

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Photo of nickfl
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The vibe here is really the least impressive or important aspect of the experience, not uncomfortable, but utilitarian (the through wall live barrels they tap are pretty cool though). The sour beers range from good to excellent and it's really nice to be able to taste some of them without dropping $30 for a whole bottle. Service was good, but we were sitting at the bar so it should be. Selection is really quite good, lots of different sours on tap, vintage kegs and bottles, and two live sour casks tapped at the bar. The fod is limited but the sandwiches are very good. Overall, it is one of the few absolute musts in Portland.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place to taste sours, great atmosphere, and the food is just as good as the beer!

The tasters are 3 ounces, which is fine for these type of beers. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. We didn't have any service problems (like a few others have reported), although we did see less of our server as the place got full, but that's to be expected.

We weren't surprised at how good the beer was. This was our first visit to the brewery, but we've had the beer other places. But the food was excellent as well, much the best that we've had at any bar, brewpub, taproom, or beer geek place.

Prices are pretty reasonable, considering the quality of the beer and the quality of the food.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

They had at least 15 sours on tap, another ~8 bottles, and ~5 stout/IPA/pales on tap. The service was outstanding at the bar. The 4oz (or 3?) tasters are perfect for sours and given their high ABV. We had some soup, it was good. This place is a must see and drink.

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Photo of cptbenjamin
4.11/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Everything about the beers was amazing....the staff on the other hand was atrocious. I wanted to go back while we were there but the service was so unfriendly we took our business else where. Which is always disappointing when the staff just make the experience not worth coming back.

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Photo of dleiner
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great beer, great selection of draft beer and bottles. Service was ok, we were there when it was slow, so I expected a bit more attention and friendliness. Fun experience and I would return.

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Photo of JNewbs
5/5  rDev +9.9%

The beer is obviously amazing, and there's lots of things on tap that you don't see bottled. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful, as well as engaging and fun (especially Grant). The atmosphere was very relaxed and the food was spectacular (beer cheese soup and pulled pork sandwich). The pickled vegetables that came with the sandwich were particularly noteworthy as was the sour beer barbecue sauce. I'd say that the best part is that all of the beers are available in reasonably priced samples (2-3 dollars). I was able to have 7 samples with dinner and still be fine to drive back to the hotel, with a pit stop at Belmont Station. I'm so glad that work brought me out for the week, and I might go back every single day.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Comfortable environment with plenty of inside and outside seating and some of the best sours you'll ever have. Located on the east side of the Willamette and easy to get to from downtown via public transportation or on foot, depending on where you are. Once there, you're within walking distance to a number of other great places including Hair of the Dog and Beer Mongers. A quick bus ride can get you to Belmont Station. The service is very good, the staff knowledgeable, although the two folks I dealt with showed little to no enthusiasm and were very subdued (maybe it's a Portland thing). Needless to say, the beers were stellar and plenty of their non-standard beers were offered in bottles (such as vintage Vlad and Bourbonic Plague). Didn't try the food, but wished I had, as there were a number of interesting offerings. Definitely worth a repeat visit.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

This was a must stop for me while we were on our Pacific NW trip and it did not disappoint.

The setting itself is perfect. Personally, I love the outdoor seating mixed with open air indoor seating . Warning, if it is hot out (which it was) it is even hotter inside. Obviously with open air there is no conditioning. It is a pretty basic looking room, not much on the walls, but they have lots of variety on tap. They even have two "From the barrel" beers that are tapped right from a barrel and pour directly barrel to glass. A unique feature. They do full pours and tasters/samples, which is nice for some of their super tart beers. The service is good, attentive.

Overall, if you haven't been, I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This was stop #22 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy their beers. Before stopping here we were not very experienced in drinking sours (some non-sours are also available), so this was a unique learning experience. And learn we did. It was pleasurable.

The brewery is located along a busy street that appears to be mostly light industrial businesses, and the taproom is a partitioned area of the building. A large overhead door was open, and a number of picnic tables with umbrellas were situated in front of the building so as to enjoy the fine weather on this day (which we did).

We ordered samples of 8 of the 19 beers that were available that day, and without thinking, we ended up having three beers that we had already tasted at Raccoon Lodge. But we did have a mixture of sours with the non-sours, and we enjoyed every sip of them. The flavor combinations in the sours were astounding – who would have thought that a mixture of honey, ginger and lime would be so good? I can’t write in this review that these beers were made to style because I don’t know how to gauge that when evaluating sours, but if tastiness has anything to do with it, then the brewer is right on with these beers.

The outdoor surroundings on a nice day and to be able to drink these beers for a wonderful learning experience gave us great memories so that we’d go back to this brewery in a heartbeat when we’re in the Portland area again.

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