Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Brewery Expansion Plans

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Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Brewery expansion plans are underway, making the already aptly named “House of Sour” even more so. Soon Cascade’s Barrel House will take over the entire 7,100 sq. ft. space as production and barrel storage moves to the brewery’s new facility. This will allow for a full kitchen, expanded seating, outdoor patio, and taps that can include guest beers from fellow brewers of sour beers. During the Craft Brewers Conference week Cascade Barrel House will begin pouring beers in the production side of the building, featuring a rotating list of guest brewers’ beers each day.

Cascade Brewing is in the process of moving all barrel aging, blending, and packaging to a new facility located at 6770 SW 111th Avenue in Beaverton. This 23,000 sf building will be the new distribution center from which all regional, national, and international sales will be shipped.

Photo via RateBeer.com

Photo via RateBeer.com

The bulk of this facility has been committed to a climate-controlled hall where all packaging, blending, and aging will occur. The hall will house nine oak foudres ranging from 50 to 65 hectoliters, as well as up to 2,000 oak barrels and puncheons. A secondary expansion–currently under permit review–will extend the building to include a non-conditioned hall for barrel and keg cleaning, as well as fruit processing and storage. The transition will be complete by July in time for the start of this year’s fruit season. The Blending House will not have a taproom, nor will it be open to the public.

The move will leave an empty space at the existing Barrel House, but not for long. SUM Design Studio + architecture is excited to continue a partnership with Cascade Barrel House that has been ongoing since the two companies came together for the initial design of the Barrel House in 2009. Since that time, Cascade’s growing brand, in conjunction with a burgeoning beer scene in the inner SE area, have placed a growing demand on the Barrel House that the owners and SUM seek to satisfy through a comprehensive expansion and redesign of the building in late 2015 and early 2016.

In the re-envisioned building, the entirety of the 7,100 sf space will be dedicated to the serving of Cascade’s extensive selection of sours and other beers, alongside an expanded food menu made possible by a full-production kitchen. According to Executive Chef Troy Harris, “We are all excited to embark on an adventure that will enable us to bring even more local and international flavors to our culinary program. Our mission to pair our cuisine with the complexities of our Northwest style barrel aged sour beer projects will continue to grow as we explore flavors from our region and the world.”

Existing production facilities will move off-site in order to make way for amenities like a central 40’ bar with the brewery’s signature “Barrel Taps” – creating room for more than double the taps currently on hand. A “Barrel Room” will bring the unique barrel aging processes behind the beers into full view, and house small-scale gatherings and private events such as Brewer’s Dinners and food/beer pairings. In all, interior seating for the space will be more than doubled, satisfying the growing demand and making it possible to host large-scale festivals.

Outside, plans are in place to create a generous raised outdoor patio with an overhead cover and heaters throughout to facilitate year-round enjoyment of the brewery’s offerings. Integrated landscaping, a variety of seating options, and expanded outdoor bar service are all designed to providing an inviting street appeal for the re-vamped building, while making every season “patio drinking season” for the brewery’s loyal following.

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UPCOMING BOTTLE RELEASES

Blackberry 2014
Release date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Description: This NW style sour ale is a blend of Wheat ales that were aged in oak wine barrels with blackberries for up to 12 months.
7.0% ABV | $20

Kriek 2014
Projected release date:  Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Description: This NW style sour ale is a blend of Red ales that were aged in oak wine barrel with cherries for up to 14 months.
8.5% ABV | $20

Sang Rouge 2013
Projected release date: May 20, 2015

Description: This NW style sour ale is a blend of Red ales that were aged in oak wine barrels and oak foudre tanks for up to two years.
8.4% ABV | $22

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CBC EVENTS AT THE BARREL HOUSE

Cascade Brewing is excited to welcome Craft Brewers Conference attendees to Portland this April. We will be open regular hours, and will have two bars as well as a food station on the production side of the Barrel House, serving our beers and a variety of sour and wild beers from breweries both near and far. This space will be 21 & over and open to the public as space allows. We expect to be at capacity a good deal of the time.

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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