Cascade Brewing Barrel House

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Cascade Brewing Barrel HouseCascade Brewing Barrel House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

939 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon, 97214-2519
United States

(503) 265-8603 | map
www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com

Notes:
Hours:
Sunday - Wednesday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

"Subject to change with little or no notice."

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
220
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
3.51%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 220
Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Any of the beers on tap at the Cascade Barrel House would be the best beer on any tap list in any other restaurant/bar/brewery. This place is the best brewery in the states, hands down. Nobody else's sours come close to these magnificent beverages.

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Photo of edhizdeid
4.15/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice location with a very enjoyable patio. I am not especially thrilled with the service there. I was told to sit down and waited at least 10 minutes before a waiter showed up. At that point, they were in a hurry to have my wife and I order even though the place was nowhere close to full (Considering the other reviews I read, we may have been unlucky this one time). The beers lived up to the standard I expected (very good) and my wife was happy with the IPA she got (not a sour fan). Food was also very nice.

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Photo of puck1225
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Did not have food, but enjoyed the beer. Went with two other (including my wife) who were sour novices. Our server was great at helping with selection. At the end of our visit, my friend was liking the offerings, but I don't think my wife was converted. I enjoyed Vlad the Imp Aler and Sang Royal. I really enjoyed this place. I brought home a bottle of Gingersnap to enjoy later this year. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was probably my favorite stop on a trip to Portland. If you're visitng PDX - and you're ready this you're already on BA - you need to be here.

Selection is outstanding... great mix of classics, new offerings and vintage bottles/kegs.

Service was outstanding and knowledgable. Overall, just an A+

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Photo of elNopalero
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Wow. The sour pilgrimage is complete. I was amazed at the offerings on tap. Even more amazing was the friendly servers. My party sat at the bar and the two guys working were more than amazing, and found options for even the non-beer drinkers--without any of the snark I've come to expect. Why settle for beer snobbery when there's other options? These guys made the night. Bravo.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

For a Sunday afternoon, this place was pretty populated. The staff is very proud of its sour collection and are very eager to explain each selection ordered. We didn't get any food, so I can't say whether the snacks were good or not. But the sours were exceptional. I just missed the Vlad The Imp-Aler, but was pleasantly surprised with a Bourbonic Plague. Cascade is more a place for the sour connoisseur, like a fine wine establishment; not rowdy, but proper, like a prized landmark should be. A must-see when in Portland.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.65/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Very nice selection of sours, live from the barrel sours, traditional beers (IPA, coffee stout) and bottles. Our server (Sarah Jo) was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in suggesting beers for the group (some that have never tried sours before) and bottles for takeaway. We only ordered snacks for food (charcuterie, humus, and bar snack mix) and they were decent but nothing outstanding. The most surprising beer was actually not a sour but the Oblique B&W Coffee Stout! Having the availability of tasters is nice so you're not committed to a whole pint of any given beer and can sample a good variety. Vibe is decent but nothing amazing.

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Photo of Intlpostman
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

House of Sours! Their sours are Lactobacillus heavy, which I like. Their base sours take fruiting very well. All their sour beers are exceptional. A must stop when in Portland.

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Photo of DanJan
3.99/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I've been here a few times and for the most part they are very consistent. The beer selection will always be excellent. A wide variety of great sours, some cool vintages of older beers and some standard IPAs and stouts they've started offering recently. Food is equally solid and pairs nicely with the high ABV and intense flavors Cascade offers. I think the service and vibe can be lacking at times. It's just not an overly exciting places. Great beer and a great place to drink some solid beers, but not a place you'd go to with the intention of staying that long. Nice outdoor patio area in the summertime though!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

On a recent trip to Portland I was pleased to finally visit the Cascade barrel house, having been stymied in this effort during my previous trip. I am glad to say I was not disappointed at all; I got to try some great beers including one that is available at the taproom only (Yay! Rare Cascade!) and they were all delicious. The bar staff were knowledgeable about the beer, and the place seemed to be full of other beer geeks (this may be a plus or a minus for you). I am absolutely going return here on my next visit to Portland.

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Photo of rsvlbrwr
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Ok, when I die I want my ashes to be scattered here. Visited recently on a trip to Portland from Sacramento where I had heard of Cascade sours but never tried any (very expensive by the bottle in Sacramento ($30+). We shared a couple of sampler trays and were blown away by most of the beers. Loved the pricing of the bottles and availability of aged ones too. Brought several bottles back with me. Also, high marks for the pleasant and quick service.

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Photo of flexabull
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

One of (if not) the best spot I made it to on my recent try to PDX.

Vibe is just a pretty standard looking pub, nothing special, but it was easy to find a place to park and sit inside so that's a plus.

Quality is top notch. One of the better sour makers out there, and everything I had a sample of was excellent. They also had a very good selection, upwards of 20+ beers were available.

Service was great. The guy that helped us was super helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. One of the better people I've run into working at a brewery in some time.

Would come back here in a heartbeat, outstanding.

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Photo of JamLand
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I visited Cascade Brewing Barrel House recently on a vacation through the Pacific Northwest.

V: I loved the vibe of this place with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Ser: Service was sold but nothing special to speak of during my visit.

Sel: Great selection of their standards, limited releases and a few vintage offerings.

Overall, a great place to visit in Portland and a classic. if you like sours, you have to visit Cascade when in Portland.

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Photo of jlindros
4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Awesome place. Big open area, tall trusses, many taps, 14 sours, 2 live barrels, and 8 regular beers for taps, all Cascade beers. Prices are good, compared to the cost of bottles. Bartenders are very friendly and very knowledgeable. Great beers!

Didn't get any food. Nice granite like looking bar tops, tables made from old barrels, and lots of old timey music playing, like lots of Johnny Cash. And they served water. Such a great place I went back at the end of the night!

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Photo of Nichol
4.65/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

If you're in Portland, you MUST come here. Not optional, even if you -think- you don't like sours. You haven't had a Cascade sour. They are a true pioneer, and I hope more brewers catch on to what they're creating and help this trend spread, building and growing from it. I'm amazed and their variety and complexity. Every beer is unique and distinct. And utterly delicious. The few days I was in Portland, I had to keep coming back for more and had to try a new one every single time, never being disappointed by any of them. The servers and bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and really helpful in answering questions. The music is spot on for the location and is tasteful for everyone. The -only- disappointment was that the growlers are filled right off the tap. But, that just meant I had to get a crew together once I got back home to Utah so we could enjoy it while it was still fresh. I also splurged on some bottles - the expense was worth it because there's no place I've experienced anything like it. Truly unique. Lovely experience, and I'm making it a point to come back soon. My new favorite brewery and my new favorite type of beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

2015-08-30
Visited here with my wife and kids. My wife loves sours, and this is now by far her favorite place in Portland.

We had a good experience. Not the greatest place for chaotic kids, but we stuck it out anyway. Just too many alluring beers to walk away.

It's not cheap. But, it's sours, at a bar, so this is to be expected. Service was good. Our waitress was nice, knowledgeable, and fairly attentive.

Excellent place to visit. If you like sours and you're in Portland, you're a fool to miss this place.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a must visit in PDX, espeically if you are a sour lover (which I am admittedly, not). The atmosphere is laid back and interesting, the service is great and the selection is fantastic. Would definitely go back on a future visit.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It's Cascade - so you know it's good. Massive selection of Cascade brews I'd never had before, had 8 samples ($2-$3 a pop). We were in town for the Oregon Brewer's Festival - which was hosted by Cascade, they did a great job of it. The bartenders really know their shit - I'm a brewer of about twenty years and they answered all of my questions smartly. The food was really good too. Great spot - wish this NC boy lived closer.

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Photo of scottedwin
4.79/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Really cool laid back vibe, was never crowded and the pricing is reasonable considering the bottles are usually pretty high priced. The selection seems never ending and the live barrels are a cool to sample while your there. A must stop while your in Portland, especially if your a fan of sours.

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Photo of guityler83
3.99/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

On a rainy Monday in Portland while on vacation we wandered down Belmont a few blocks and came upon Cascade, a brewery I've heard much about in my sour/wild beer reading and travels.

Not surprisingly it was slow on this day, only a few people where drinking beer at noon, so we grabbed one of the re-fabricated barrel tables. The menu was extensive with fruited sours (Apricot, cherry, elderberry and more) there were two "live" barrels tapped (as they do every Tuesday we learned) one a Apple pie sounding beer with cinnamon the other more akin to a Kriek.

Each beer had the option for a 2oz pour or and 8oz (seemingly small if I compare to Belgium but the scale is likely smaller). It took about 10 minutes for the bartender to bring over our 4x 2oz pours, but attributed to it with a buggy draft line, pun intended.

No Food would be had that day, and I don't recall if they had the option. By the end we each sampled 4 different varieties, each had one commonality I tend to not overlook as easily as most - the aftertaste, it was almost non-existent. The beers were excellent in the start, soft sourness no abrasive harshness good bread character and aroma with some soft oak, but then nothing it just goes away. Its hard for me to judge a beer to harshly simply on that trait but it seems relevant.

Overall Cascade had a good vibe, the service was a little slow at that time, but understandable. I would have liked to have seen the barrel taping the following day, but there's always next time. We left with a couple bottles to take home.

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Photo of nickfl
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The vibe here is really the least impressive or important aspect of the experience, not uncomfortable, but utilitarian (the through wall live barrels they tap are pretty cool though). The sour beers range from good to excellent and it's really nice to be able to taste some of them without dropping $30 for a whole bottle. Service was good, but we were sitting at the bar so it should be. Selection is really quite good, lots of different sours on tap, vintage kegs and bottles, and two live sour casks tapped at the bar. The fod is limited but the sandwiches are very good. Overall, it is one of the few absolute musts in Portland.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place to taste sours, great atmosphere, and the food is just as good as the beer!

The tasters are 3 ounces, which is fine for these type of beers. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. We didn't have any service problems (like a few others have reported), although we did see less of our server as the place got full, but that's to be expected.

We weren't surprised at how good the beer was. This was our first visit to the brewery, but we've had the beer other places. But the food was excellent as well, much the best that we've had at any bar, brewpub, taproom, or beer geek place.

Prices are pretty reasonable, considering the quality of the beer and the quality of the food.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

They had at least 15 sours on tap, another ~8 bottles, and ~5 stout/IPA/pales on tap. The service was outstanding at the bar. The 4oz (or 3?) tasters are perfect for sours and given their high ABV. We had some soup, it was good. This place is a must see and drink.

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Photo of cptbenjamin
4.11/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Everything about the beers was amazing....the staff on the other hand was atrocious. I wanted to go back while we were there but the service was so unfriendly we took our business else where. Which is always disappointing when the staff just make the experience not worth coming back.

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Photo of dleiner
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great beer, great selection of draft beer and bottles. Service was ok, we were there when it was slow, so I expected a bit more attention and friendliness. Fun experience and I would return.

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