Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & BrewpubCascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
104 Beers
9,587 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: --
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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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.34/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

This was stop #15 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Friday for dinner and to try their beers. The place was busy but we were seated right away, and there were several empty tables around us. (Maybe the Friday rush was ending.) The entrance to this place was at the lower level of the building and steps up to the main floor were right inside the entrance. The interior seems more like a restaurant that a pub, but the use of wooden tables and chairs along with a good amount of wood trim helped the vibe.

We ordered a sampler of 7 of the 12 beers that were available to along with dinner. (We didn’t order any of the sours because we knew that we’d be going to the Barrel House during our trip.) The beers were all brewed to style, but none were very exciting so that all of them received a grade between a C+ and only one beer that received a B. (The Oblique B&W Stout was our favorite.) Kind of disappointing was the Scarlet Fever Imperial IPA, which we didn’t feel was very hoppy, although it was a very tasty beer.

The food menu was okay as far as the number and quality of selections, etc, but we felt that there was nothing about our selections that made them anything out of the ordinary. This is an okay place to go for good beer and food, and we’d come back again when in the area, but we think that there are other, more exciting places in town that we’d go first before making this a destination visit.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.4/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The Raccoon Lodge is not a lodge as such, for there is no actual lodging. The original plan called for guest suites but apparently local zoning regulations nixed the idea. The "Lodge" itself consists of a restaurant / lounge upstairs and a full service sportsbar downstairs. There's also a balcony overlooking the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and a secluded back patio and beer tent.

The upstairs restaurant has lodge-like decor with a casual ambiance that is tasteful if you don’t mind lots of dead animals mounted on the walls. Also displayed are photos of boys’ sports teams that the lodge sponsors. The Raccoon either doesn't sponsor girls’ teams or prefers not to exhibit their photos.

It would appear that the owner of the place is a gun enthusiast. That would explain the animal heads and the Smith and Wesson memorabilia. Some people will find the mounted brass placard of the second amendment of questionable taste.

Downstairs is a full wet bar with two pool tables, video gaming machines and a large screen television. An enormous plate-glass wall allows viewing of the adjacent brewery. There’s one real dartboard, one real piano, no neon, and several dysfunctional air filters that fail to clear the air of cigarette smoke. I have it from a reliable source that the owner won’t replace the filters and prefers to pressure wash them at infrequent intervals.

I happened to have met a patron of the Raccoon who does occasional work for them. He gave me a complete tour of the brewing facility and spoke very highly of the brewer, a man named Ron Gansberg. To hear my cohort tell it, Mr. Gansberg is quite a renaissance man. He not only brews beer but designs and engineers brewing apparatus. He also does all the on-site welding for which I can attest he possesses considerable skill. I'm also told that Gansberg used to make wine, speaks three or four different languages, and plays a toe-tapping mandolin.

So, how is the beer? Most of the beer at the Raccoon Lodge is passable but not exciting. Mr. Gansberg has a passion for occasional excursions into the territory of strong, well-aged, and barrel-conditioned beers of bold dimensions and ambitious character. These efforts are not always successful, but I can’t help but admire their intrepid determinations. It’s like a quarterback who’s not afraid to throw deep: greater risk, greater drama, and occasional payoff. I had a fine cask conditioned imperial IPA on one occasion, but most other beers failed to stir my imagination. The beer lines at Raccoon must stretch at least eighty feet from the cold storage room to the tap. Eighty feet can make a strong beer tired. The drinker’s best bet is one of the rotating seasonals. As for food, the wings I had were greasy but I’m sure the restaurant has more appetizing offerings.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

We stopped in to the Raccoon Lodge after visiting the Cascade Barrel House. It's an old school looking place.

It has booths that remind me of a pizza parlor with a very small bar at the front. There is glass in the dining area where you can look right into the brewing facilities. There is plenty of parking outside. This is just a simple casual place to sit and drink good beer.

The tap list was good, just slight smaller than the Barrel House. It also seemed to have more non-sours on tap from Cascade. There is a huge cooler filled with bottles for sale. They serve full pours as well as tasters/samples. Service was great, but definitely easy to manage in the smaller space.

Insider knowledge, Bourbonic Plague was $30 at The Raccoon Lodge and it was $35 at the Barrel House. Not sure if this is an oversight or what, but just a heads up. As far as bottle sales, they had similar ones that were carried at the Barrel House.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.8/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Overall Raccoon Lodge is a decent place to grab a bite and beer. It's rather large and tends to cater to a broad range of clientele, not just the beer lovers. You'll bump into a lot of kids upstairs.

I prefer the downstairs bar. Good selection of beer. Good food with some vegetarian options as well.

Service downstairs was nice. The staff is friendly and appears knowledgeable.

Of note: The cascade barrel house is a far superior location with a greater variety of beer, better service, and much more knowledgeable staff.

Photo of Thrasher
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Another good Portland brewpub, this one is on Hwy 10 just before you hit Beaverton. A large restaurant area upstairs gives the "lodge" its name, with high beamed ceilings, fireplace, etc. Beers are all good although none jumped out as truly excellent. They veer toward the light and drinkable end of the spectrum, rather than weighty, high-flavor high-octane superbeers. 5 regular beers on tap and 1 seasonal. Not a bad beer among the selection. There is a "den" downstairs, more of a regular bar with video gambling etc., with windows looking down on the rather spacious brewing facilities. Service is good and friendly. Food ranges from regular pub grub to more adventurous upscale food, all tasty. The real novelty on the menu is the fries: 5 kinds with 7 different dipping sauces. Part of the Raleigh Hills beer trifecta: you can hit this spot on a crawl that also makes stops at Dublin Pub and Raleigh Hills McMenamins.

Photo of Elemental
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is nice. Its got some really good beer like their Celtic Copper. The atmosphere is nice, I think its non-smoking or at least I haven't noticed anyone smoking there in the bar/eating area. Its not too loud and has a great atmosphere with a lodge type feel. Although there are animal heads on the walls, so if you are squimish about that sort of thing I wouldn't suggest going. There is also some pool tables and they often have live music outside along with a BBQ in the summer.
Bottom line: Good brews and good eats

Photo of freed
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Great fries and great beer. Hard to ask for much more. The upstairs resturaunt is quite nice and really give the "lodge" feeling they were going for. Downstairs is a small room with pool, a TV, bar, and a wall of glass overlooking the brewing equipment. This has been a great place to go with non-drinkers as well.

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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I'm shocked that this is the first review of this place in over four years. It is, or should be, something of a topic of conversation in the Portland beer world.

Really, Raccoon Lodge should have two separate reviews: one for Raccoon Lodge the brewpub and one for Cascade Brewing, the ambitious side project of 'chief imagineer' Ron Gansberg, whose quiet opposition to the 'hops arms race' in favor of ambitious, barrel-aged sour fruit beers and blends ought to earn him a place alongside Tomme Arthur at the forefront of vanguard American craft brewing. In fact the recent, awkward designation of "Raccoon Lodge/Cascade Brewing" in Portland beer blogs is suggestive of the irreconcilable divide between the two. I'll stake out a guess and claim now: in the coming years, Cascade Brewing will emerge as one of the most buzzed breweries in the US, and they deserve it.

So, Ron's Cascade beers include the (pricey) bottled releases: Cascade Kriek, Cascade Apricot Ale, and Cascade Blackberry. The 2008 Kriek, Apricot, and Cuvee are really exceptional: they carefully balance sour and fruit flavors in a way that is remniscent of New Glarus' ales. Divine, Cascade's new grape ale, is even more exceptional and offers something wholly uncommon.

As for Raccoon Lodge, some of the magic spills over into this oversized McMansion of a brewpub. They've had a Flanders red, sour blueberry wheat, rasberry wheat (on a berliner weisse base), and "double Flanders red" with Bing cherries on from the Cascade line, while also offering more traditional English style ales. The recent winter warmer and autumn IPA were both passable, if unexceptional, as were the blonde bock and (restrained) Cascade IPA. They also keep an amber, a light lager, and a stout on tap.

The brewpub has two floors: the "den" downstairs is a dark sports bar adjacent to the brewery with a larger TV; the upstairs dining room also has its share of TVs as well as lots of wooden booths remniscent of a hunting lodge. Though, as RedDiamond pointed out, this isn't the kind of 'lodge' that you can stay in. The size is a little impersonal and the goofy cartoon-style logo of a raccoon really doesn't fit.

The food is standard pub fare.

I've always had excellent and fast service; the bartenders in particular, have been knowledgable and eager to please. So, it's not that the brewpub is disappointing, it's just that it's so humble. (Maybe that's the point. And Gansberg, when I spoke with him, said that while he was proud of his beer, he knew that "if we weren't humble, we wouldn't have anything." Still. How can such an average place house one of the most creative and ambitious breweries in the country? The dissonance is tough, but I'm happy to ponder it at the brewpub so long as they keep at least one of those crazy Cascade specialties on tap.

Photo of dmorgan310
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited on a sunny Friday June day. Big garage door was open with full picnic tables in front. Our server gave us a great description of sour beers, very insightful. On each visit to the table he was happy to answer questions and give advice for our next round of samples. I'm not a big fan of sours, but if anyone is representing the style properly, this is the place; they have a big variety on tap all made right here. A good selection of regular beers as well, don't start with the sours they'll ruin your palate for the regular brews. We didn't order food, there's just a small selection of appetizers, 3 sandwiches and 3 salads on the menu, so don't plan on satisfying a big appetite.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Rolled in bright and early at 11am. Upstairs walk, cool open restaurant and bar, neat hop stuff going on around it. Lots of wood throughout the seating area.

Super impressed to drink the Vine on tap, delicious. Bartender super helpful, poured samplers of anything we wanted to try first. Broke out some Vlad for purchase, damn was that some good stuff.

Even picked up a little shirt for the little guy, $7 out the door, what a deal.
Massive plate of nachos that were good. This is a lesser known place in the area compared to the Rogues and Deschutes, but damn if they don't deliver. Not a big fan of their ipa's, but the barrel aged sours is the real treat here. Can't go wrong w/ the kriek, apricot, vine or vlad, especially when they are only $5.50 on tap.

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub in Portland, OR
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