Tap It Tuesday is a weekly occurrence at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Southeast Portland. Each Tuesday at 6PM a new barrel of beer is fitted through a hole in the wall from the keg cooler and subsequently a tap head is hammered in for direct tapping. The pressurized casks of beer can sometimes gush in geyzer-like fashion, putting on quite a show.
This week’s selection from the barrel house’s archives is the Port Reserve. Referred to by the brewers as a “newly declassified brewers reserve barrel” Port Reserve is said to be “deemed too expensive to sell.” Though it seems this has not yet been the case at Cascade, this particular beer is a favorite of Brewmaster Ron Gansberg and his crew. Says Cascade “(I)n the spirit of Beerestroika, this deep, dark red, bracing sour port barrel aged beer would be reclassified and deemed worthy of the masses,” adding, “You’ll notice that sharp Port flavors and an assertive acid presence make this beer a bit different from the other sours.”