We just learned that the Northwest Brewing News Readers Choice Poll has selected Cascade Kriek as the Best Northwest Sour Beer from BC, Washington and Oregon! The awards will be presented this Sunday in Vancouver, BC. We’ll toast to that!
If you attended the recent Holiday Ale Festival in downtown Portland, you noticed we sent a non-sour, our Diesel Stout #2, a barrel aged stout brewed with chocolate and roasted malts, black strap molasses and dark Belgian candi sugar, then aged for nine months in Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrels on Bourbon vanilla beans and black mission figs. We are pleased to report it was one of the biggest buzz beers of the festival! The best part was the level of surprise among beer fans to learn that Cascade makes non-sours.
In fact, more than half of our production is devoted to non-sours, and they’re damn good! Two of these go on tap today: Pay Czech Pils IPA, a Pilsen malt forward nose coupled with a spice bomb of Saaz aroma in a straw blond ale. An assertive hop bite with bready malt notes and some warming alcohol combine on the tongue with a lingering Saaz hop finish. 7% ABV, 40 IBU, $4.5/Pint; and Rain Walker Red, a Belgian style spiced dark ale. Orange and star anise combine in a sweet, spicy licorice aroma in this deep garnet red holiday ale. A rich, caramel malt mouthfeel provides balance to a mélange of sweet spice and hop bitterness. 5.9% ABV, 17 IBU, $4.5/Pint.
Coming soon, look for Darkest Day IPA, a double CDA brewed for the shortest day of the year. Dark malt, chocolate and burnt caramel vie with piney citrus notes in the aroma. Warming on the palate, sweet dark bread malts at last give way to spicy Bravo and crisp Cascade hops. 7.5% ABV, 60 IBU, $4.5/Pint;
Chef Troy has more delicious specials this week, available beginning tonight at 5 pm until they run out. This week’s specials include Carnitas Quesadilla ($7), a grilled flour tortilla filled with seasoned house-smoked pork & local queso fresco cheeses, served w/ sour cream & salsa; Pickled Quail Eggs & Speck ($8), pickled local quail eggs (dill+sweet) with Speck (smoked/cured pork), fruit compote, Portland Ale crackers & our famous Dork Fat; a Cuban Panini ($8.5), featuring a brioche bun filled with Oregon smoked ham, house-smoked pork, Gruyere cheese, dill pickle, dijonnaise & a squeeze of fresh lime juice, grilled until crisp; and Lemon Chevre Cannoli ($3), a cannoli shell with lemon chevre-based filling, drizzled with Kriek chocolate ganache. Soup is House Beer Cheese (Daily), Smokehouse Chili (Tues-Thur) and Clam Chowder (weekends, while supplies last).