Cascade Brewing announces Kevin Martin as new Director of Brewery Operations

Cascade Brewing’s director of brewery operations Kevin Martin

Last month Cascade Brewing’s longtime brewmaster the iconic Ron Gansberg quietly left the company and yesterday Kevin Martin was officially named the  new Director of Brewery Operations. Martin will oversee all aspects of brewing and blending operations at Cascade Brewing. He will be facilitating the production of Cascade Northwest sour ales at the same level of quality that has become synonymous with Cascade Brewing over the last 20 years. Cascade also recently released a new vintage – Kriek 2017 in bottles and draft.

More from a press release:

“Working closely with the production and sales teams, I am committed to fostering a unified vision that informs the planning, brewing, blending, packaging and quality management of our beers while continuing to support the spontaneity and inventiveness of our live barrel and small blend programs,” stated Martin.
Martin will also be working to expand Cascade’s portfolio of beers so that the company can continue to innovate in an ever-changing craft beer landscape and explore new ways to express the talent and creativity of the Cascade team.
A homebrewer since 2003, Martin has served as a winery cellarman in Oregon, New Zealand and Australia. He was a brewery intern at Laurelwood Brewing in Portland and went on to graduate from the American Brewers Guild course in Brewing Science and Engineering. He joined Cascade Brewing in 2012 as a cellarman, and was promoted to Lead Blender in 2014. Martin graduated Portland State University’s Business of Craft Brewing program in 2015.
About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year, capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit and join the brewery on social media @CascadeBrewing, #CascadeBrewing and #HouseofSour. Cheers to the sours; enjoy in a profoundly wise manner.
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