Sours have recently become my favorite and most sought style. With this in mind, although I had bookmarked a plethora of Portland breweries, I knew that Cascade was one I couldn't miss. And yet, I had no idea.
Succinctly, Cascade is sour heaven. They even have a sign that reads, "House of Sour." Indeed.
I usually opt for tasters on my first visit to a brewery. The menu says you can order up to four per person at a time. I put my faith in our server and let him pick my four. The result was Noyaux, Kriek, Blackcap Raspberry, and Sang Noir. Noyaux and Kriek were great. Blackcap Raspberry was decent. Sang Noir? Absolutely terrific!
In contrast, my girlfriend does not like the sours. She says it reminds her of natto, which is strange because it's one of her favorite foods. Anyway, she went with Apricot Ale, Honey Ginger Lime, and Oblique B&W Coffee Stout. I didn't care for the Apricot. The Honey Ginger Lime was very good with the honey and ginger being very prominent. Finally, the Oblique was quite excellent. A tasty pale stout with a very pronounced coffee flavor.
While Russian River's Consecration is still my favorite sour, Cascade has them beat by way of variety. Most of their menu seems to be sours, upholding their House of Sour mantra. The patio is very large and was definitely the right choice on a mild summer August evening. The location is easily reachable with ample street parking in the area. There is even a goat field across the road (though I read they are moving soon).
We left Cascade with a bottle of Figaro, a couple of t-shirts, and the knowledge that I will most certainly be back.
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