Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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3.88/5
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & BrewpubCascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
Portland, Oregon, 97225
United States

(503) 296-0110 | map
www.cascadebrewing.com

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

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

Added by sinistersteve

BEER STATS
Beers:
113
Reviews:
2,393
Ratings:
13,067
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
105
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
4.52%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 105
Reviews by benito:
Photo of benito
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of crob3888
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Taby
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

About 20 sours and 6 other beers on tap at the time of my visit. Although sours are not, in general, a favored style for me, I was very impressed with every beer. Inviting staff and nice beer-centric venue. I was also impressed with the food and ordered or saw passing by on its way from the kitchen.

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Photo of JPNesker
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Purdue
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.5

Sour Beer. What this place is all about, and they come through with a huge array and weekly specials.

I am rating the Bar as the upstairs is more of a family environment. Ambiance is okay, great view of the Brewery itself which I can appreciate, and leads me to rate a bit higher than deserved.

Quality is top notch. As Sours go, you may get a batch or a year that may not be the same as what you had before. These Beers mature in different ways.

Service is awesome in the Bar. Nothing more to be desired. This is not a place to get drunk though, they adhere to the OLCC to the T.

Selection is great, over 20 Sours in bottle and several that are tap exclusive, plus 13 rotating taps that range from Bourbon Barrel Aged Porters to West Coast IPAs, Pilsen erst, and all other sorts of specials, all brewed either in house or by Cascade Brewing, the parent company. Highlight is the Honey Ginger Lime Sour, 6.52% abv, and a great way to ease into Sours Beer, but please explore as there is so much complexity to the style.

Food is hit or miss. Menu is fine for pub fare but, the inconsistencies and obvious turnover in kitchen staff leads too a roulette of quality. Food is an afterthought to the beer. Highlights are the Pretzel and Sausage Fondue app.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of juapost
4.66/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of jrsaffert
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DanoBear
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We stopped in on vacation for tastings. We sat at the bar on a weekday night with a decent crowd. The bartender made the visit awesome. We love sours but he loved them even more. He was geeked about explaining everything we were willing to hear about the brewery. A must visit if you're in town.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of brbrocc
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Drift
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Dionysusbrewing
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bluenose0988
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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