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
Place 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 by slander:
Photo of slander
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Bent, past tense, and a hell of a ride in, it was. Now navigated in nineish on a Thursday, no Wednesday (I have no perception of time or space at this point), Belmont, and that must be it there. I think it’s safe to say we’re going to do some time here before heading out to Jon’s, I mean, we’re already going to take some shit for missing dinner; might as well get our sour on…

Parked past and give Phil a few steps to get his smoke on. Brick front building with some yellow baby lighting strung. Up & in, through a garage door; a most common theme in the Pac NW, it seems. And settled in at the bar to the rear; straight, marbled laminate topped with a wood lip, panel base, shiny kick plate, & piping foot rail. Seating for 10 on stainless steel stools, squozen in tightly, and then a shorty sideways end piece seating another ‘3 Davo’ (yes, that’s now an accepted standard unit of measure).

Barback is stainless steel drainage below 3 barrel ends to both sides of center on a split green backing. There are handles everywhere, and it’s um, involved, to tell what’s what and where. To the left side, 2 barrel ends with a single tap each, and a 3rd with 4 taps, and then 2 taps in between each barrel extending from the wall (I think that’s 8); and then the 3 barrel ends to the right hold 4 handles each, and then there are 2 handles in between each of those extending from the wall (so, another 16), I think there’s space for 24 in all. Glassware in a handful of sizes shelved below the length. 4 x 8 horizontal board above, listing draft selections & ABV’s in 2 rows, and smaller boards on the ends listing barrel selections, and bottle, growler, & grenade pricing; track spots highlighting the show.

The room itself is kind of hangerish, with rounded to the ceiling cross beam rafters. Black fabricy ceilings with wide drop lamps, cement floors, lime colored walls and panel windows up front. A few logo label pieces (The Vine & Sang Noir) for the lookin’ at, flats on 2 walls opposite and the far corner, and a swag display to the side side, as well. 5 fabric backed & green leather booths running the far wall; brewery pics mounted above, and lanterns atop. And then barrel tables across the floor in 2 rows of 5. And out front, 6 bar counter spurs on the railings 3 & 3, and nearly a dozen and a half green picnic tables down below barrel penned.

So, it looks like they’ve got 22 taps, a fairly even split between ‘things sour’ (Razberry Wheat, Summer Gose, Strawberry, Apricot, The Vine, Honey Ginger Lime, Sang Noir, 2011 Kriek, Elderberry, Barrel Aged Bruin), and ‘not’ (Portland Ale, Red Eye Rye, Cascade IPA, RyePA, Saison De La Maison, Saison Rouge, Saison Minuit, Saison Fume, Summer Solstice IPA, Summer Weizen, Oblique Coffee Porter), plus 2 live barrels (Cherry Bourbonic Plague, Bourbon Barrel Aged Fruit Blend).

A max of 2 tasters at a time for $2 each. Needless to say, we’re doing pairs due to time restraints, by which I mean, they may want to close up and go home at some point. Pairs; The Vine (white wine grapes, love) & Sang Noir, Elderberry & Strawberry, Honey Ginger Lime (strangely tasty, Phil wants to mix it with Gin, I don’t blame him) & Apricot (I very much so do dig), and the Kriek & Razberry Wheat. And then I moved to done with the (amazing) Summer Gose we had 3 nights ago in Seattle.

Revisiting 2 days later, fuck it; I’m having at the Saisons (Saison De La Maison, tropical fruit & spiciness; Saison Rogue, red saison, sweet fruitiness; Saison Minuit, black saison, chocolate, spices, sweet milk chocolate; Saison Fume, smoke gives way to bandaid phenolics, why do I have to taste them?), and now onto sours once more (Cherry Bourbonic Plague, sour cherry pie, crazy dark fruits; Barrel Aged Bruin, wood, sherry flavors, good Oud Bruin), and another Summer Gose.

All in all, Strawberry, Apricot, The Vine, Honey Ginger Lime, 2011 Kriek, Summer Gose, Barrel Aged Bruin, & Cherry Bourbonic Plague were the best of ‘em.

Board at the end of the bar listing charcuterie, cheese, hummus, soup & daily specials. I had the Italian vegetable soup with orzo, it was amazingly kickass. Phil had the cheese & fruit plate. It came with cherries, pickled things including a brussel sprout I was kind of freaked out by, and some honey he keeps going on about (best honey I’ve ever had!) I had planned on also taking in the cheese & fruit plate on the heels of the soup, but was preoccupied by sours; distracted, derailed, deceived.

And on the revisit, Janet & Ed ordered the cheese & fruit plate, so I got to try the crazy honey and fresh bell pepper hummus (excellent). And the soup is now a seafood chowder (clam, shrimp & crab). I am having a bowl.

Chill house. Lots of friendly folks all revved up for the brewer’s festival tomorrow and tomorrow; a picnic, parade, and 3 or 4 days of bad behaviors. Yeah man, sorry about dinner Jon. Good goddamn sourz things happening here.

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

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 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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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 jrsaffert
4.47/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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 Dactrius
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of NJNYC732
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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 Brian29
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of rcamp28
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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 Beersnake1
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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