Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Morning Foam: Cascade Brewing Flight, Maskless For Hard Seltzers

Ron Swarner

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Morning Foam: Cascade Brewing Flight, Maskless For Hard Seltzers

Saturday, May 15 2021 – Good Morning Foam: Cascade Brewing Flight, Maskless For Hard Seltzers.

BTW, Chazz Palminteri turns 75.

THE TACOMA FACTOID

Union Station was designed by Reed & Stem, the same architects who designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

THE DAILY WORD

exscind \ek-“sind\ verb transitive [L exscindere, fr. ex- + scindere to cut, tear – more at shed] (1662)
To cut off or out: excise

Usage example: Peaks & Pints’ glorious Wild West Friday night was exscinded when the scheduled plumber didn’t show up.

CRAFT BEER CLICKABLES

>>> Beervana: “[RTD, IRC, FMB] may be popular but they’re no more interesting gastronomically or artistically than sports drinks. I could not care less about the latest “craft seltzer” and its “natural” strawberry flavoring. These are mass market, industrial products and the polar opposite of cræft.”

>>> Washington Beer Blog: “If the sign on the door says you have to wear a mask, it does not matter that the Governor or the CDC says you don’t have to wear a mask. It is the business’ prerogative. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else. It’s really that simple, but yeah, “I can see this being messy” is probably a fair statement.” Hear! Hear!

>>> Some people love to sneer at beer tasting notes, overlooking the fact that (a) they’re useful in various ways and (b) fun to write. Anthony Gladman has some tips on how to do it better

>>> From Monday 17 May, drinkers across most of the UK can sit inside pubs if they don’t fancy braving beer gardens.

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Cascade Brewing On the Fly

Art Larrance was no stranger to the Oregon craft beer scene when he established Cascade Brewing in 1998. He partnered with Brewmaster Ron Gansberg, who oversaw the design and installation of the Portland brewhouse. Together, they took their more than 40 years of combined brewing experience to create fantastic sour beers inspired by an abundance of Oregon fruit. Each of their beers is then aged on wine barrels from the Northwestern Oregon region. In April 2020, Larrance sold Cascade Brewing to a team that owns and operates FlyBoy Brewery in Tigard and Lake Oswego. Mark Becker, Ramie Mount, Brian Kovach and Greg Laird now steer one of the pioneers of the sour beer movement. Today, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of recently released Cascade beers — a flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Cascade Brewing On the Fly.

Cascade Cosmosaic

4.4% ABV

Cosmosaic features sour blond ale aged in oak barrels for up to 10 months followed by a late addition of Mosaic hops for hops mango, pineapple, peach, and citrus on the nose, followed by more hops, oak, carmel tartness, guava, grapefruit, and berries.

Cascade Blue Verbana

6.2% ABV

Blue Verbena features a sour golden ale aged in oak fouders for up to 10 months then infused with Northwest grown blueberries and lemon verbena. It hits the nose with lemon zest, berry fruit, lemongrass, herbal tea, and fresh flowers, followed by flavors of blueberry, raspberry, lemon-lime, sour candy, and rose petals.

Cascade Rose Chérie

6.2% ABV

Rose Chérie, meaning “Darling Rose,” features a blend of sour red and golden ales aged in oak wine barrels and fouders for up to 12 months then infused with Oregon-grown Bing and Montmorency cherries and dried rose petals. The nose is all about fresh roses, plus tart cherries, white pepper, red apple, and rhubarb, followed by fresh cherries, dried rose petals, strawberries, and sparkling rosé wine.

Cascade Pear Therapy

6.4% ABV

A blend of sour triple and blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 22 months with Northwest-grown pears and a late infusion of fresh ginger, Pear Therapy offers fresh pear, crisp apple, sparkling wine, freshly chopped ginger, and green grape on the nose, followed by crisp, soft pear sweetness, dried white fig, ginger zest, and lime.

Cascade Blueberry Ale 2020

7.8% ABV

As one of the United States’ top blueberry producers, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is home to outstanding blueberries. Cascade Brewing works directly with Oregon growers examining each individual blueberry for absolute ripeness to create one of our staple Northwest sour ales. Blueberry Ale 2020 features a blend of sour triple and blond ales aged in Pinot Noir barrels for up to two years with said blueberries for an appropriate blueberry nose plus red wine, bramble fruit, and eucalyptus. On the tongue, expect … wait for it … blueberry fruit, as well as oak, lemon, cereal grains, and mint.

Cascade Kriek 2020

7.9% ABV

Kriek has been a fundamental part of Cascade’s Northwest sour portfolio since 2007. The 2020 version is a blend of sour red and blond ales aged in red wine barrels for up to two years with fresh, Oregon-grown Bing and Montmorency cherries for a pie cherry, oak, wood spice, and Flemish red ale nose. On the tongue, expect tart cherry, black cherry, oak, vanilla, and baking spice.

Cascade Cuvée du Jongleur 2017

9.4% ABV

Originally released in 2008, Cuvée du Jongleur, or “Blend of the Juggler,” consists of select red, triple and quad sour ales aged in oak barrels for up to 3 years. The 2017 project pays homage to the original blend, juggling a variety of base beers that offer clean and complex flavors through the lactic fermentation process that has come to define Cascade’s Northwest sour ales. Expect an intense sour cherry flavor balanced by a pleasing dark maltiness.

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