Holy moly...this sounds GOOD!  Tapping this fine barrel tonight for Tap-It Tuesday!  I'll give it to you in the Cascade Barrel House's own words:

This NW style sour is the uber brother of Pater, barrel aged with 175 lbs of Bing cherries in 15-year-old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 13 months, then aged in Pinot barrels for 13 more months. Fresh cherries were added just before serving for balance. Aromas of dark cherries and wine are noticed up front. Dark cherries, oak, leather and Bourbon on the palate are followed by tart notes of tart cherries and dried fruit on the palate. The finish is of dried cherries, leather and oak. Warning, Dieter will take you for a ride; you may hear techno music in the morning. Auf Wiedersehen!

  13.5% | $8 glass | $3 taster

Enough said!  #craftbeer #pdxbeer
 
 
Tried Humble Brewing's Strong Golden on tap at 1856 yesterday, and let me tell you: this was a good one.  This was - shamefully! - the first beer I've tried by Humble.  And let me tell you, now I'd really love to sit down with an entire flight of their beers. 

I ordered the strong golden, not noticing - that is to say, not being able to see the board from where I was sitting - the high ABV.  It was a beautifully-balanced beer with a luminescent golden color and a great creamy head.  There were strong flavors of orange and spices, refreshing, packed with flavor without any one flavor being too overpowering.  There was a warm boozy finish which was actually kind of nice - and subtle considering the 10.5% - and a VERY faint grassy funkiness.

This shit was good.  No joke.  Get down to 1856 before it's gone! 1465 NE Prescott St. in Portland, Oregon
 
 
Migration Brewing taps their new Portliner Weisse TODAY! This is Northwest take on the traditional Berliner Weisse. In limited supply, so get it while you can.

"The Portliner is a slightly tart wheat beer with notes of lemon citrus and a dry, crisp finish. Brewed with acidulated malt and a sour mash, this is a perfect guzzler for the final days of summer."
ABV: 3.6% IBU: 8

‪#‎craftbeer‬ ‪#‎pdxbeer‬ Migration Brewing Company @MigrationBrew
http://migrationbrewing.com/
 
 
Brewbound's Brew Talks takes a West coast tour, establishing what Portlanders already know to be true: that Portland is truly a #CraftBeer Mecca.  In THIS video, Christian Ettinger of Hopworks, Karmen Olson of Redhook and Andy Thomas of the Craft Brew Alliance discuss why that is - from being near the hops source and having an excellent water supply to having cultural support and being the center of a renaissance - in craft beer, coffee, food, sustainability and all things creative...and we may be a small town, but we totally kicked Seattle's ass.  Just sayin'.  #pdxbeer
 
 
Julia Herz is my effing hero.  Okay, now that we all understand THAT...

In her Craft Beer Muses column on craftbeer.com, Julia Herz - Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association, beer judge, homebrewer and all-around Craft Beer Diva - passes along her vast knowledge of beer pairing with us in a way that pairing-challenged individuals who will go unnamed can finally understand it.  Thank you, @HerzMuses.  CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING ARTICLE NOW. #craftbeer
 
 
Sweet eight-minute documentary on brewing that features - among other fine brewing Portlanders - our friend Sean Burke of the Commons and Portland U-Brew #pdxbeer #craftbeer @CommonsBrewery @pdxubrew

View the film here
 
 
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4th ANNUAL IIPA FEST at Saraveza Saturday August 10th 11am to 11pm - a great list of brews, guest brewers, live music, and double BLTs. $20 gets you a commemorative glass and ten drink tickets.  For more info or to purchase tickets in advance

Friday August 9th 6-9pm in the Bad Habit Room is the sneak-peak IIPA Fest VIP party!  For more info or to purchase the last remaining tickets

The DRAFT LIST
Alameda, Dire Wolf
Amnesia, Dopacetic
Ballast Point, Dorado
Barley Brown’s, Forklift
Bear Republic, Cafe Racer
Block 15, Simcoe Rocketed version of Sticky Hands
Breakside, Old School Hop Bomb
Cascade, Karma Citracide
de Garde, Houblon Red
Dogfish Head, 120 Minute
Double Mountain, Molten Lava & Poseur
Elysian, Dick’s Picks Konishiki
Evil Twin, Molotov Cocktail & Yang
Firestone Walker, Double Jack
Fort George, Extra Hopped Omegatex
Gigantic, Extra Hopped Cask Whole in the Head
Green Flash, Imp. IPA
Hale’s, Aftermath
HUB, Evelyn Sunshine & Ace of Spades
Lompoc, Dirty Deeds
Moylan’s, Hopsickle
New Belgium, Rampant through a Randall!
No-Li, Something Extra Special
Old Town, Mojo Rye-sn
Oskar Blues, Gubna
Rogue, XS12PA
Russian River, Pliny the Elder
Sierra Nevada, Hoptimum
Solera, Devil’s Food
Southern Tier, Oaked Un-Earthly
Stone, Ruination through a Randall!
10 Barrel, DUB
Three Creeks, 5-Year Anniversary
21st Amendment, Hop Crisis
Uinta, Detour
Van Viven, Viven Belgian IIPA
Widmer, Millenium Falconer
Worthy, IIPA

 
 

The Overall Take

These are three great IPAs, all very different.  The importance of temperature on beer is never as well-illustrated as it is with IPA.  When it's cold, the hops is the dominant characteristic but as it warms, the malt can overpower, changing the balance of the beer entirely.  There's that sweet spot for every IPA, where the true intended balance comes out and it can be fleeting.
    I liked the rich fruity malt character and complexity of the Deschutes, but it became overly sweet as it warmed.  The Double Mountain, as expected by a single hop IPA, lacked complexity.  The Breakside at first didn't stand out to me as anything other than a really good representation of a big, bold Northwest IPA but was certainly the best balanced overall.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA - Bond Street Series

Citra and Mosaic hops, 6.4% ABV
Pours a bright amber, quite a bit darker than the other two but crystal clear.  Good head retention, nice lacing.  Nose is malty with a touch of grapefruit.  I let it warm up a bit so the malt character really comes out in the flavor, but it's not as overpowering as I thought it would be.  Some nice rich fruitiness and good complexity.  A hops bitterness that really sneaks up on you and then -BAM!  It has a warm booziness that I wouldn't expect for a 6.4% ABV beer, but I like it.  As it warms, some nice rich tropical fruit flavor comes out but it veers to the side of malt sweetness.

Breakside IPA

No IBU's, no ABV and no information about the beer on the bottle
A bit of chill haze which clears as it warms, this one pours a nice amber color with lower head retention than the other two.  Nose is malty - less malty than the Fresh Squeezed - with some fruitiness.  This is a big beer.  Flavor is malty and bready with a bit of grapefruit.  Very representative of a Northwest IPA.  At first I was thinking that this one didn't really stand out to me - that maybe I'd had too many bold Northwest IPAs, but as it warmed up a bit, I realized that this is probably the most well-balanced beer of the three.  Definitely a good one, but I would have liked some information on the bottle.  That's one of my pet-peeves though.

Double Mountain Cluster

Cluster hops only, 7.3% ABV, 85 IBU
A little hazier than the other two, it pours golden with great head and retention.  Nice lacing.  Nose is fruity, grassy, spicy.  Really nice fragrant floral notes that I really like.  Flavor is herbal and citrus with a strong bitterness.  Lighter body than the others.  Not as complex as the fragrance indicated, but that's to be expected from a single-hop IPA.  It's definitely a good beer if you like the powerful bitterness of an IPA.  Mellows out and becomes more balanced as it warms and the malt comes out.
 
 
Looks like we have a lot great Oregon Breweries ready to take home the prize this year!  If I've forgotten anyone, it wasn't intentional...please feel free to let me know.  Chastise me if you will.
Oregon Brewers
Alameda Brewing Co.
Barley Brown's Brew Pub
Base Camp Brewing Co.
Bend Brewing Co.
Boneyard Beer Co.
Breakside Brewery
Coalition Brewing Co.
The Commons Brewery
Deschutes Brewery
Double Mountain Brewery
Gigantic Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Logsdon Organic Farm Brewery
Mash Tun Brewpub
Oakshire Brewing
Old Town Brewing Co.
Pelican Brewing Co.
pFriem Family Brewers
Portland Brewing Co.
Rogue Brewery
Sasquatch Brewery