Cascade Brewing Barrel House
Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 46 | Show All Ratings:
4.34/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Good atmosphere. Brew pub with tons of outdoor seating.
Great selection of beers on tap. Loved the special sour tap list they had that included some exciting new creations.
Enjoyed some simple appetizers and they were great.
Really wish I could get a growler of the special, limited tap beers but I understand why they don't allow it, even though I want it.
03-12-2014 03:56:57 | More by ToddO
4.44/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A-Cascade is located in a slightly gritty area of Portland (not far from downtown). I say gritty, but the place is not a dive by any stretch. There is a decent-sized patio out front that looks on to the parking lot. Inside it is a bit commercial feeling with standard-issue "micro-brewery" decor like barrel tables and the like. The bar is medium-sized, maybe a dozen or 15 stools, and there are a few booths and tables as well. Friendly, but not inspiring or unique. It was pretty quiet on the rainy Tuesday night I visited.
Q-The Cascade beers I tried were all pretty amazing and my previous (limited) experience with Cascade has also been great, so quality ranks high. I tried Sang Noir, Apricot Ale, a fresh-from-the-barrel Cherry Bourbonic Plague, and some of their mulled, spiced hot ale, Glueh Kriek. All were great...even the Glueh Kriek.
Ser-The service was prompt, friendly, and beers were poured with care. I engaged in a bit of chit-chat, but did not get into lengthy conversations with any of the employees about beer. It mostly seemed like they know what they were talking about.
Sel-The beers on tap, as well as those in the bottle are all Cascade, but that isn't a problem because there is a lot of Cascade to choose from. I counted 17 beers on tap (half were sour, half were not sour) and ten bottles available for take away. Plus the hot mulled ale. Not bad at all.
F-I had a cheese plate that was a little short on the cheese, but what cheese there was went well with the sour beers I was drinking. The other food looked pretty good, but I didn't try any. Also, regarding the cheese plate...kiwi fruit and dill pickles on the same plate?
V-The sours are mostly reasonably priced, but sours are expensive. Also, the tasters were on the small side for the price. Not a rip-off, but not cheap, either.
O-Well worth the visit and its near Hair of the Dog and the Green Dragon, so if sours aren't your thing, you're close to other good spots.
01-10-2014 05:09:00 | More by spoony
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
A lot has already been said about this spot, so I won't pile on too much, I just want to give it an endorsement. As a Portland local, I think Cascade Barrel House is one of the best places in a town full of some great places. If you enjoy sour beers, chances are Cascade will have something in their vast selection that will become an all time favorite. If you don't enjoy sour beers (and you should at least try a few if this is the case, their bartenders are aces and might surprise you with something you never knew you'd like) they do brew a small selection of non-sour beers. I had a bourbon barrel aged ale here once a couple of years ago that set the standard for this type. Unfortunately, it was a one-off, and that is often the case at Cascade. Although I sometimes feel a little sad about this when I know I'll never have that beer again, I think it's really a nice thing for locals, it keeps us on our toes around here.
The service is smart, and efficient which is high praise for Portland. The atmosphere, in the summer with the doors open, this one of the nicest spots in town. The rest of the year it is alright too, I have no complaints. Oh and the food, the food is next level. It is slightly more expensive than the fare at some other Southeast locales (but waaayyy cheaper than a mediocre burger at some of the more famous brewpubs... you know who you are) but that's because it's not cooked in a truck. I mean, I love me some foodtrucks as much as the next guy, but seriously, there are just some things better prepared in a kitchen with walls-- like quail eggs (which they often serve here). GO HERE BECAUSE IT'S AWESOME. You're welcome in advance.
10-11-2013 17:34:41 | More by Melissa_awayintheworld
4.83/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We went because my wife loves sours. I am a fan, to a degree, so we had to check this place out. We saw sour upon sour when we arrived.
We weren't sure where to start. We asked the bartender, and got started. I think we tried 80% of the beer on tap, even though we were planning on taking it easy that night..the beers were just that good, and we had great conversations with the bartenders.
Great time. Great bartenders (Greg and Tyler, I believe)! GREAT sours! Wish we had a place like this in WI...New Glarus catching up.
08-06-2013 00:39:24 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
4.76/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
All of their beers are sour and barrel aged. It's pretty unreal how good all of their beer is. They have a warehouse behind the taproom that looks like a port wine aging cave, and it smells like happiness. If you visit on Tuesday night, they have "Tap it Tuesday" where they tap a barrel behind the bar. It has been known to spray, so they cover everything in plastic.
08-05-2013 02:10:23 | More by Fluffheady
4.7/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.73/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Stopped in for a quick visit here, tried two 2-sour samplers which were outstanding. Had to run to catch a flight, but before I left another employee asked if I had tried the Glueh Kriek. I told him no, that I was just coming through on my one day in Portland, so he grabbed me a glass of it for free. Did not try the food, so I can't vouch for that. Portland is obviously stacked with breweries, but if you're a fan of sours, this place is a must visit. Highly recommended.
05-18-2013 22:51:33 | More by HarmonMW
4.68/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Dined and drank at the Barrel House on 9/2/12 with my wife. Amazing tap list that night, as with most nights there. I think there was about 18 or 20 things available. Also, 4 different bottles to carry out. We did a number of sampler pours along with a few full pours of stuff. The waitress was more than helpful with our selections and prompt in bringing our drinks. The food was very affordable but also delicious and cutting edge in a simple way. The only downfall was the lack of some nice dessert items to sample with the Diesel BA stout they were pouring, but they did provide us with some dark chocolate nibs that paired nicely.
Two big thumbs up for me and from my wife who isn't a beer drinker.
09-10-2012 20:34:21 | More by inlimbo77
4.45/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
One of the higher points on an awesome trip to Portland. Loved this place.
A: Great feel to this place, lots of tables sitting on barrels, tables out front on a nice patio, with a large garage door that can be opened up to connect all the seating together. Medium sized bar with some more seating there.
Q: Everything was great quality here; clean, good food and beer, great presentation.
Service: I heard that there might be some issues with service here but our server was awesome, brought us out tasters of whatever we wanted to try, talked to us about sours, suggested beers, and kept a good eye on us.
Selection: Great tap selection with lots of barrel-aged limited release beers and one-offs. Several bottles are available to purchase and take off-site too, which is nice (hint-hint HotD). Mostly sours and barrel-aged fruit beers here but there was also a Coffee Porter and some hoppy beers on tap.
Food: Decent food, we tried an awesome cheese plate filled with bread, pickled veggies, tart fruits and several cheeses - it all paired wonderfully with the sour beer. Food took awhile to get made, but it was also a fairly busy day.
I'd recommend this place in a heartbeat.
08-06-2012 18:10:33 | More by Scotchboy
Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Portland, OR
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