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Cascade Brewing – Online Beer Sales

Cascade Brewing is a small brewery founded by Art Larrance in Portland, Oregon, in 1998. Tiring of the “hops arms race,” Art and brewmaster Ron Gansberg wanted to find the next big style to concentrate their efforts on. Taking advantage of the large supply of local fruit and many local wineries, Art and Ron set out to create great sour beers.

They began their journey with several oak barrels in 2005. By 2006, they were producing the “base beer” that would then be aged for up to a year in wine, port, or in some cases, former whiskey oak barrels. Today, Cascade’s inventory has swelled to more than 400 oak barrels with another 100 awaiting filling.

Cascade Brewing currently distributes its bottled sour beers in Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York. If you’re lucky enough to live in Portland, you can get them on draft. Unfortunately, I do not live in Portland nor where Cascade distributes. Lucky for me, Cascade Brewing offers online ordering for some of their release.

Alerted to an upcoming release of Sang Noir I decided to place an order and see how it goes. Read my thoughts below…

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I can't give them a rating here because they only sell a sub-set of their sour beers via the online system but you cannot get these beers if you're not in their distribution area. When I placed the order Cascade had three beers available: Sang Noir 2011, Sang Royal 2009, and The Vine 2011. All three are extremely highly rated so I ordered all three.
Again these beers are not found elsewhere but their pricing is inline with the Kriek and other top-notch US sour beers. The Kriek is Cascade's Belgian Red Ale and Beer Advocate rates it as Exceptional. I got it via a trade but I believe it costs between $20-$25.
Thick card board box. Inside, each bottle was in its own section of a cardboard container with a separate cardboard holders for the bottle tops and bottoms. Very secure. The bottles were also shipped standing up so that most of the yeast stays at the bottom of the bottle even during shipping
It is very simple to use their ordering system. The PDF of the ordering form lists the available beers and the ordering options (number of bottles). You fill out the form and fax or email it in. They will also accept a phone call with the order. They will then contact you with a total cost, including shipping, and you provide credit card information over the phone. It takes them a few days to get to the orders on occasion but they are very communicative once the order has been processed.
This is my first order from Cascade Brewing. I love their Kriek and fully expect to love these beers, too. I expect to order from them in the future to try other beers that they may put up for sale



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Written by Bob Pack

Simply put, Bob is a beer lover. He goes out of his way to try new beers whenever he can find them. The love of trying new beers had resulted in a beer label collection of over 1400. When it comes down to it, Bob is a hop head. He loves IPAs (including double and black). Stouts are a close second. His tweet reviews on @nova_beer are simple and approachable. Let him know what you think. Find Bob Pack on Google Plus

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