Portland, Ore.’s famed Cascade Brewing celebrated its 21st anniversary this past Friday at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House. The event included a live barrel tapping, a pub-only draft release and a kick off of a holiday bottle sale.
The live barrel tapping was Pear Mary, a sneak preview of a brand new Cascade project to be released in 500-ml bottles in 2020. Pear Mary features a blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels with Northwest-grown pear juice and fresh rosemary.
But that’s not all. The celebration also featured a pub-only draft release of Nocino Sour, a sour quad ale aged in a Stonebarn Brandyworks Nocino liqueur barrel with green walnuts, vanilla bean and spices. Nocino Sour was also available at the Lodge at Cascade Brewing in Southwest Portland.
The event marked the first day of Cascade’s “12 Beers of Christmas” holiday bottle sale, running from Dec. 13 through Dec. 24 at both Cascade Brewing pubs. Every day for 12 days, the brewery will add a new 750-ml bottle to the sale, so that by the end of the 12 days on Christmas Eve, there will be a cumulative list of 12 different beers available for discount purchase.
The first beer available was a Kentucky Peach 2017, retailing for $14 a bottle. The remaining 11 beers will be announced on social media the day they go on sale, offering a new surprise each day. Additionally, Cascade Brewing will be offering a 5 percent discount on purchase of six or more 750-ml bottles and a 15 percent discount on full cases of 750-ml bottles.
Cascade will also offer limited edition pine boxes branded with Cascade’s name and logo. Two box sizes are available, sized for either 500-ml or 750-ml bottle format. Each box holds three bottles or a combination of bottles and other merchandise. Pricing is $26 for a 500-ml box or $29 for a 750-ml box.