Art Larrance renames Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub in Southwest Portland, restaurant now called The Lodge at Cascade Brewing
PORTLAND, Ore. – Nov. 20, 2017 – In 1998, Art Larrance – one of the founding fathers of craft brewing in Oregon – established The Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub in Southwest Portland. At the same time, he installed a 10 barrel brewhouse on the bottom floor of the restaurant and called it Cascade Brewing. His goal was to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere for families to enjoy quality food and craft beer brewed on-site.
Now, almost 20 years later, Cascade Brewing has become known worldwide for its award-winning sour beers. Its eastside tasting room, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, has become a must stop destination for beer tourists visiting Portland. Yet many who eat at the Raccoon Lodge have no idea a brewery exists just one floor below.
What customers will see is a new menu with old favorites and new items to try, including a daily soup and chili. There’s an increase in the number of beers – especially the brewery’s award-winning sours – available; the restaurant has installed a second cooler upstairs to add six new sour beer tap handles. The Oregon Lottery machines have been removed from the downstairs Den, and replaced with more seating.
Bacterial fermentation is a natural process that requires long-term maturation in oak barrels; Cascade’s beers are aged for up to several years. Each barrel produces a different effect, so the brewery blends the various barrels until it believes it has the perfect beer. Sour beers take an exceptionally long time to develop, but they are well worth the wait. And now visitors to The Lodge at Cascade Brewing will be able to experience a greater selection.