Cascade Brewing is releasing a collaboration with Mikkeller called Bean-to-Barrel Triple. The Northwest sour ale is a blend of foudre fermented Belgian-style Tripel’s with chocolate nibs. 500ml bottles and draft will be released on Friday, May 10, at Cascade’s two Portland pubs and through limited distribution. Like Mikkeller’s other Portland collaboration with Gigantic Brewing ‘Fucking Classy’ Brut IPA, the Bean-to-Barrel will also make its European debut on draft that same day at the Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen (MBCC) in Denmark.
Bean-to-Barrel Triple features a blend of barrel and foudre aged sour triple ales with toasted Oregon and French oak and a late infusion of cocoa nibs sourced from Bean Geeks Craft Chocolate in Copenhagen. Celebrating Bean Geeks’ “bean-to-bar” chocolate-making methods, Bean-to-Barrel Triple offers aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla and toasted oak sugars combined with the light pear and citrus fruit notes of the sour triple.
“We’ve had the great privilege to work with many amazing, cutting edge breweries on collaborative efforts in the past. Needless to say we jumped at the opportunity to work with Mikkeller, long considered to be an innovative force that pushes the boundaries of existing beer styles with intense flavor and ingredient combinations,” explained Norm Stokes, Cascade Brewing Cellar Manager. “Bean-to-Barrel Triple was born of this collaboration, and it was a memorable experience to work together to come up with a beer that incorporates the complexity of Oregon oak with the rich flavor of cocoa nibs sourced from Bean Geeks chocolate.”