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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & BrewpubCascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
BA SCORE
97
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
Active Beers: 123
Beer Ratings: 9,330
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 16
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
Portland, Oregon, 97225
United States
phone: (503) 296-0110

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cascadebrewing

Notes:
Hours:
Dining Room:
Mon-Sat 11:30am - 10pm
Sun 11:30am - 9pm

Den:
Mon-Fri 4pm -11pm
Sat 10am - 11pm
Sun 10am - 10pm

(Place added by: sinistersteve)
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LightnerLiquorKS, Oct 06, 2014
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KysarSoze, Jul 26, 2014
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wiescins, Aug 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

I do not even know where to start with this place, Drake and I were complaining about how long of a rail/bus ride it was from where we were staying in Portland but none of that mattered by the time we left here, just to give an overview of what this place is like, the eating area and bar is upstairs, the brewing area is downstairs with a den-style bar outside of it as well, they sell bottles of Cuvee, Apricot, Blackberry, Kriek, Vine, and Sang Royal currently, they have an awesome outdoor area with a bunch of tables, grass area, and barbeque pit, you cannot beat the atmosphere here, I will start off by saying that Ron and Curtis are two of the funnest brewers to be around of all time, as well as being very generous and inviting, we got here around 11:30 am and did not leave until well after 6:00 pm, that is saying a lot for how short of a time slot we had for the trip, this was hands down my favorite beer stop in Oregon, and perhaps ever, I went here with the expectation of trying a new beer or two, not a couple dozen, Ron came out of the brewing area to greet us, then we sat down at a small bar and some of the famed Mouton Rouge, great sour by the way, we started talking and soon realized that his daughter goes to the same very small school Drake and I graduated from, quite the coincidence, we had a few more beers there including a Belgian porter called Bain de Brugge and then Vienna Delight, then we "angered" Ron and he took us into the barrel room where over one hundred and thirty oak beasts currently reside, plans for three hundred total in the future, we grab a snifter and start tasting stuff straight from the wood, one of only a few times I have ever done this anywhere and it was simply awesome, we tried several things that have not been released yet and might not ever will, after that we made our way into the freezing cold storage room where I tried my favorite beer of the whole trip called Gold Yeller, wow that is an amazing sour and will sure wow people when it is released, we had some other great things in there like Nightfall and their Saison as well, later on we went outside and talked about our beer experiences and opened some vintages of his Apricot and Vlad the Impaler which I had enjoyed previously at last year's Strong Ale Festival in Carlsbad, later on we went back inside and had a bottle of a 2005 vintage barleywine that Drake and Ron had grabbed out of their storage room, we had a few more beers and some food, talked some more, and then were on our way, I could not even believe what we were able to see and do here, their beer is absolutely amazing and it frustrates me that it does not get the respect it deserves yet, give it time though as people will start to figure out how good this stuff really is, they do not use brettanomyces in their beer but the lacto they use gets better results in my opinion, it is also easier to work with and allows to experiment more and more, I expect huge things from this brewery in the future and hope I can keep in touch with these guys, I can go on and on and on about how much of a blast IO had at this place, do yourself a favor and pay them a visit

Floydster, Jun 05, 2009
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cclark67789, Jun 08, 2014
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Dbrulet, Sep 03, 2014
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ste5venla, May 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

I visited the Raccoon Lodge for the second time last weekend. I had emailed Art about ordering some Sang Royal, and he told me to stop by for a tour of the barrel room when I was in town. You can read other user reviews for the quality of the actual restaurant so it will suffice to say that it's a nice place and the food is good. The beer, however, is excellent, and Ron and Art were extended an unbelievable level of hospitality to me.

When I arrived I met Art, who led me to the back room where Ron was pitting apricots for the new batch of their delicious Apricot sour. Art then handed me a glass, and Ron proceeded to pour me different beers directly from barrels, open bottles, and even do some blending. I was there with Art and Ron for 3 hours and I would have stayed longer but my girlfriend had been extremely patient so I figured it was time to leave. I have no idea how they get anything done at Cascade if they spend that much time with visitors! I was blown away by their hospitality and highly recommend visiting this place. Ron and Art are two very generous and nice guys. I have an increased respect for their beer after visiting and seeing first-hand the amount of time and effort they put into brewing. Rant over, check this place out.

HopHead84, Jul 21, 2009
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thufflife, Jun 19, 2014
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Jtrigonis, Aug 26, 2014
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4.67/5  rDev +6.6%

One of the last breweries I tried before flying home and I must say, it is the best in town. That is saying much because there are like a million of them around. Their sours are amazing and a must try. If I had more time , i would come back and try everything they have on tap. If you have time, check it out, you wouldn't regret it.

Cheers!

Charliechu, Sep 04, 2013
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arcman001, Sep 23, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +3.7%

Finally had occassion to visit this notable (now) beer landmark in West Portland. To say I was impressed would be a huge understatement.

The Raccoon Lodge doesn't look like much from the outside, just another informal looking cafe/restaurant in strip mall land out on hiway 10 (Beaverton-Hillsdale hiway). Things don't get a whole lot better upon walking inside, with the large upstairs dining room and smaller, cozier, informal dining area and small bar on the ground floor. This place is anything but pretentious, and has a very relaxed, laid back, easygoing vibe.

The regular core beers here were OK I thought, with the spiced blond and nightfall sour ale the clear standouts. Was here for a meet up wth ccrida for an in person trade, and when he arrived we cracked open a bottle of the cuvee (fabulous stuff - review coming). As Adam (ccrida) lives nearby and comes by fairly often, the bartender was happy to arrange a tour for us of the awesome barrel room at Cascade. The beers we were able to sample were nothing short of mind blowng, with a bourbon barrel aged triple, the "red," and the apricot blend the most memorable of an incredible afternoon of tasting. I think we sampled close to 10 different beers, all right out of the barrel (except the apricot, which was in bright tanks and almost ready to bottle - get some!). The folks here were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and I'm happy to report that apparently the move to the east side barrel room is going as planned. The guys indicated that nearly half the barrels have already been moved, and it appears the January opening will take place as planned.

What the brewers here are doing with their wild ales (infected with lactic acid I believe; they do not use brett infections) is nothing short of amazing. The beers here are incredible and worth a special effort to find. Also, while they typically have around 10 beers on tap, on this day they also had bottles of the cuvee, kriek and apricot (and one other - I forget what it was now) for take out or on premise consumption.

The beers here, at least the barrel aged sours, are nothing short of amazing and deserving of all the accolades this outstanding brewery has received of late. It's a bit out of the way from downtown Portland (probably a 15 minute drive), but is well worth the effort to visit.

John_M, Dec 02, 2009
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4.54/5  rDev +3.7%

I actually went to the barrel house in portland which had plenty of options of cascade beer to choose from and very delicious tap only brews as well. Escargot for anyone?.... Yup, they even offered some of these bad boys on the menu; Wow!! they were so good too. Above all the bartender was very nice and patient which allowed us to pick his brain and spark up some good conversation about the beer scene in Portland. Overall the food was very good and the beer even better. A must stop while wondering in Portland.

Gobzilla, Feb 07, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

With the growing interest in Cascade sours and positive BeerFly reviews, visiting this brewpub was a high priority while in Portland. I can't speak on the upstairs area as we spent our time in the space down below, "The Den". It's spacious and has a sports bar feel with large flat screens on the walls and a small bar area in the corner. Thankfully we actually did have plans to watch a particular football game, and the bartender was nice enough to turn the bar TV to that game. Old ladies playing video slot machines next to the bar doesn't exactly scream "awesome craft beer joint", but that not-ideal vibe did little to deter us from enjoying our lengthy stay. The brewing operation, including the oak barrels, are open to view through glass windows. In fact, we were encouraged to browse around the barrels at our convenience.

Slow on a Saturday afternoon, we instantly connected with the bartender, Davy(sp?), who seemed genuinely interested in us and the fact that we came from Houston to Portland solely to drink good beer. Conversation consisted of just about everything, and Davy befriended us to the point of gifting us a Cuvee 750ml. Great guy and perfect service.

No let-down whatsoever when it comes to the beer. The raspberry wheat defines what a "real" fruit beer should be. The unique Gose challenges the palate. Mouton Rouge on draft satisfies the sour cravings. Upon learning that we were into all the really creative stuff, Davy took the initiative to go "find" us a sample of one of his favorites: Bourbonic Plague. Wow, one of the best beers I've ever had. ISO when/if it's ever released.

We didn't get the chance to meet Art or Ron. Davy assured us that if they would have been there our four hour stay could have been extended quite a bit...it's not uncommon to see them giving samples from the barrels and chattin' beer with the patrons (as noted in previous reviews).

Food was really good. Pork sliders hit the spot for me, while my wife enjoyed the hearty meat loaf plate.

Go here, relax, drink some amazing beer.

wolffman17, Sep 23, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Beervana, May 05, 2014
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub in Portland, OR
97 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.