Cascade Brewing Barrel House

BA SCORE
100
world-class

80 Reviews
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
cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com

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

"Subject to change with little or no notice."

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-24-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
232
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
3.51%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by notsoprobeer:
Photo of notsoprobeer
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Cascade Brewing Barrel House specializes in sour beers. I vistited for the first time as part of a media event. Cascade itself is unique because most of their beers are inoculated with lactobacillus (which provides the sour flavor), aged in oak barrels for up to a year, and then blended together to produce their premium line of specialty beers.

They produce over 47 varieties of beer! At any given time, 16 are on tap at the Barrel House. While most are sour varieties, they have several non-sour options--some aged in oak.

Food choices are limited, but good. The beer is a bit spendy, but you get a very unique and high quality beer! Very different from most brewpubs, and well worth the trip.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bdajedi
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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

Visited by myself on a business trip. They don't do flights but you can order 4 oz'ers two at a time. The waitress asked what I wanted and I said, "All of them." So for the next 90 minutes every time she looked my way I held up two fingers and she brought two more - kind of a fun interaction really and I certainly benefited from a little pacing. Alas I was not able to finish a sample of everything (seemed like around 20 taps) but the waitress gave me an "A" for effort. Bottom line I've been to several of the well known "sour houses" and this one had the most consistently great stuff. Food was really nice too - I got some kind of cold asparagus salad and bruschetta which really paired well with the sours. Not as stuffy as you might expect from a place with such high quality beer. And an easy walk back to the trolley line which connected with the light rail back to my hotel which allows one to safely attempt to consume all their beers without getting behind the wheel.

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Photo of Junichi
4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of BlondeDeChambly
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of DallasK
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Cascade is a real gem. Great in all areas. Food is good and pairs well with the main course, the sour beers. The service is amazing even when busy and their is plenty of outdoor seating. Favorite summer spot. Only downside for some is all of Cascades offerings are world class sours bar a single ipa and porter that are average.

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Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Jvandever
4.33/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Wontonst
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of metter98
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Koral
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 TheBasedElliot
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best brewery in America.

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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 SmokingWood
4.79/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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 Btip1969
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.76/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jmikepow
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Spoda1983
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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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