Cascade Brewing Barrel House
Taps: 22 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by slander:
4.68/5 rDev +2.4%
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
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