PORTLAND, Ore. – Jan. 24, 2017 – Cascade Brewing has announced an impressive lineup for 2017, with at least 17 beers scheduled for release both on draft and in bottle. The brewery will continue to offer its top sellers, including the award-winning Kriek (rated the #1 sour beer in America by the New York Times), Apricot, Blackcap Raspberry, Blueberry, Figaro, Manhattan NW, Noyaux, Sang Noir, Sang Royal and The Vine. In addition, the cellar team has been working on a number of new projects, seven of which will be released this year.
“Our brewing and cellar staff have taken our sour offerings to a whole new level that promises to blow your mind,” stated Tim Larrance, VP Sales & Marketing. “We are so excited to share these new projects with sour beer lovers worldwide.”
Following are the new projects coming this year, followed by a scheduled release date. Larrance noted that when working with barrel aged sour beers, the beer determines when it is ready, not the other way around; therefore, release dates are subject to change. Some offerings will be very limited; all releases will have approximately 25% of the total production available in draft.
Sang du Chêne 2015: Meaning “blood of the oak,” this project showcases sour blond and triple ales aged in three distinct oak vessels: red wine foudres, toasted French and American oak puncheons and Cognac brandy hogsheads. Oak influences are the highlights, providing flavors of toasted sugars, vanillin and spice that are complemented by the bright acidity and fruity character of the base beers. Sang du Chêne captures the marriage of wood and beer at its finest. Scheduled for release in February.
Kentucky Peach 2016: This is a blend of sour wheat and quad ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to 16 months with fresh, Northwest-grown peaches. This limited project offers flavors of ripe peaches and warm bourbon with hints of oak and a light malt sweetness. Scheduled for release in March.
Tangerine Dream 2015: Last produced in 2011, this extremely limited release is a blend of blond and quad ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to 18 months with tangerine zest, mandarin zest, apricots and vanilla beans. Rich and complex, Tangerine Dream captures flavors of fresh tangerines, bourbon, vanilla and toasted malts. Scheduled for release in March.
Crazy Navel 2016: This features a sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels for 14 months with freshly zested Cara Cara navel Orange zest. Last year we did a small, draft-only project and it was a huge hit, so this year we are taking it to the masses. Scheduled for release in June.
Framblanc 2016: Made for only the second time (first run was very limited), Framblanc features a blend of sour blond and triple ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to one year with white raspberries. Utilizing fruit grown less than 12 miles from our Blending House facility, this project showcases bold flavors of raspberries, grapefruit zest, white cranberries and peaches. Scheduled for release in August.
Cascade Collaboration with The Bruery: Details are still under wraps, but Cascade will use something grown in the state of Oregon while The Bruery will use something grown in Southern California. Scheduled for release in September.
Rose City Sour 2016: The cellar team infused sour wheat ale with a unique blend of dried rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus tea crafted for Cascade by Tao of Tea. Rose City Sour features flavors of roses, cranberries, watermelon, grapefruit and hibiscus tea. Scheduled for release in October.
Rounding out the year will be the release of Noyaux 2015 in April; Kriek 2016 and Apricot 2016 in May; Manattan NW 2015 in June; Figaro 2016 in July; Blackcap Raspberry 2017 in August; Sang Noir 2016 in September; The Vine 2016 in November; and Sang Royal 2016 in December. Blueberry 2016 was released earlier this month. Each Cascade project is named for the year the fruit was picked.
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 Northwest grown ingredients with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Its beers are brewed in the brewery in Southwest Portland, then aged and blended at the nearby Cascade Blending House, which holds more than 1,600 oak barrels and nine foudre tanks.