Cascade Brewing is finally making its way to Texas. The first of its beers to arrive are:
- Blackcap Raspberry 2015 Project: A blend of wheat and blonde ales aged for up to 14 months with blackcap raspberries in oak wine barrels.
- Strawberry 2014 Project: A blend of wheat and blonde ales aged for up to 12 months with strawberries and vanilla beans in oak wine barrels.
Sang Noir 2014 should be right behind them though this one won’t be widely available for a few years. Regardless, Flying Saucer and Meddlesome Moth should get a very special limited amount.
I’m excited for this brewery to hit the Texas scene because it has a unique portfolio of Northwest-style sour beers. Many breweries sell us their beers fairly young, and we have to age them ourselves. Cascade ages its beers in-house before bottling and shipping them. This can drive the price up a bit, but the beers are ready to drink upon arrival.
Art Larrance, the owner of Cascade, has been on the craft beer scene for a long time. He co-founded Portland Brewing Co. and the Oregon Brewer’s Festival. That’s a big deal. Cascade’s head brewer, Ron Gansberg, has been referred to as one of Oregon’s most innovative brewers. He comes from the world of wine-making, which may explain his barrel-aging expertise.
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