Monday, March 19

Cascade Brewing To Release 'Blueberry' Sour Ale

It's here! The release of Blueberry in bottles will be this Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 PM. The blenders will be on hand at "Blue Thursday" to answer questions, and we'll also have a 1/4 bbl of the original 2010 Blueberry on tap for comparison, plus a little of the Shrieking Violet. The 2011 Blueberry is a blend of wheat and blond ales that were aged in oak barrels for up to 12 months before aging on fresh blueberries for an additional three months. Bottles sell for $17 and are available at the Barrel House, the Raccoon Lodge and online.

Our Blue Thursday event will feature food specials as well, including a lovely Blueberry Spring Salad, a spring mix tossed in our tart blueberry sourgrette with dried blueberries, dried cranberries, toasted hazelnuts & red onion, topped with crumbled goat cheese ($5, add smoked chicken for $2). We'll also be serving Barrel House Blueberry Blintz, a handcrafted cheese & dried blueberry filled blintz topped with fresh blueberry/blueberry sour beer sauce, chopped banana & a dust of powdered sugar ($3).

In other exciting release news, bottles have been ordered and it appears that we will doing the first ever bottling of Sang Noir later this month. Look for a release in May, details to come!

Bottles of the 2010 Apricot are winding down to the last few cases, so now would be a good time to make sure you have a bottle or two in the cellar for a vertical tasting when the 2011 version comes out later this year. Bottles sell for $17 and are available at the Barrel House, Raccoon Lodge or online.

This week's food specials at the Barrel House include a Pesto Alfredo Pasta Bowl featuring rainbow rotini pasta and sautéed vegetables in a creamy pesto alfredo sauce, topped with chopped tomato & shaved aged cheeses ($5, add smoked chicken for $2); Pickled Quail Eggs & Speck, dill & sweet pickled quail eggs, speck (smoked/cured pork), dork fat (a combo of duck & pork fat), fruit compote & housemade Portland Ale crackers ($8); and a Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich featuring smoked chicken, NW ham, gruyere cheese, lettuce, tomato & onion on a toasted ciabatta roll, dressed with dijonnaise ($8.5).

Soup this week is House Beer Cheese daily, Banbridge Stew, and Clam Chowder starting Friday and running through the weekend while supplies last.

Have a great week - hope to see you here on Thursday for the bottle release. Visit our Facebook events page to RSVP and post comments.

Barrel House
939 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97214

Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub
7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, OR 97225

Order Blueberry to ship HERE *pdf document

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