Cascade Brewing Barrel House

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Cascade Brewing Barrel HouseCascade Brewing Barrel House
BA SCORE
100
world-class

128 Ratings
Ratings: 128
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

939 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon, 97214-2519
United States
phone: (503) 265-8603

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cascadebrewing

Notes:
Hours:
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)
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Reviews by portlandjeff:
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4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Portland, OR
100 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.