More than a year after winning gold and silver medals at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival, Cascade Brewing will begin selling 750 ml bottles of its Bourbonic Plague and Vlad the Imp-Aler at a release party this Saturday, October 16, from 9 am to 6 pm at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House.
Cascade Brewmaster Ron Gansberg will be in attendance to promote the beers and answer any questions. From 4 to 5 PM and 6 to 7 PM, Gansberg will switch hats and hit the stage with his bluegrass-folk band, Black Lodge. The pub will be serving its typical menu, plus a smoked pork sandwich special beginning at 11 AM.
Bourbonic Plague is a blend of strong dark porters aged in oak, wine and bourbon barrels, then blended with a dark porter that had been brewed with vanilla beans and cinnamon. The blend was then aged an additional 14 months on dates. The resulting beer is 12% ABV. This was the gold medal winner in the wood- and barrel-aged sour beer category at the 2009 GABF.
A strong Northwest Sour, Vlad the Imp-Aler is a blend of 23- and 25-degree Plato sour blonde quadruppels and sour bourbon barrel tripels aged in oak and bourbon barrels, then further blended with spiced blondes and left to condition for an additional five months. It comes in at 10.3% ABV. This beer won the silver medal in the same category as Bourbonic.
Each bottle retails for $22 and the maximum purchase per person is a half case – 6 bottles – per style (this policy is subject to change based on availability).
The Cascade Brewing Barrel House is the country’s first “House of Sour,” with no fewer than a dozen taps devoted to the brewery’s sour beers, and another two reserved for sour beers directly from barrels in the cooler wall that are tapped every Tuesday at 6 PM.
Cascade Brewing Barrel House is located at 939 SE Belmont Street in Portland, Oregon. For more information, call (503) 265-8603.