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Cascade Brewing Barrel House

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

112 Ratings
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 0
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 spoony:
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4.44/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

spoony, Jan 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

botanu, Sep 22, 2014
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TadGunderson, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

JNewbs, Sep 10, 2014
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belleisa_losteo, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

LittleDon, Aug 22, 2014
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MaximumYuks, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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.

nmann08, Aug 07, 2014
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DrBier, Jun 30, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

Mothergoose03, Jun 27, 2014
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Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Portland, OR
100 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.