Portland’s house of sour – Cascade Brewing will release three new packaged beers this September. Vlad the Imp Aler (sour blend of quad and blonde ales) and Pistil Whipped (sour blonde ale blend) will be released in 500ml bottles and Casual Friday sour hazy IPA will be released in 16oz cans and all three on draft.
On Friday, Sept. 13, the brewery is releasing its first bottling run of Pistil Whipped, a blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels with late infusions of saffron and chamomile. Pouring a rich golden-yellow from the saffron’s distinct color, this unique botanical blend captures saffron’s earthy, hay-like spice character with gentle floral and honey notes from the chamomile tea. Pistil Whipped is available in 500ml bottles and draft at the brewery’s two Portland pubs and through limited distribution outlets.
Tuesday, Sept. 17 marks the return of Vlad the Imp Aler, one of the most iconic projects in Cascade’s 20-year history of brewing and blending sour beer. A combination of quad and blond ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with orange peel and coriander, Vlad delivers a fresh acidity and light malt sweetness with notes of bourbon, citrus and spice. The 2017 project will be released at both Portland pubs and through Cascade’s distribution channels. This marks Vlad’s first bottle release since the 2011 project, and the first time it’s available in 500ml bottles, as well as on draft. Vlad was the Silver Medal Winner at 2009 GABF for Barrel Aged Sour category.