Last week when I was in Portland, Oregon, I was lucky enough to be granted permission to paint live at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House. A few years ago I was introduced to Cascade barrel-aged sour beer at my friend Sam’s birthday dinner in Philadelphia, and I was impressed from my first sip. Sam is an avid collector of fine beers, so I was able to try not only the Kriek, but the Pêche Fumé, the Elderberry, the Blueberry, and the Cassis, among others. Yes, the tasting was that remarkable! Cascade offers a perfect blend between fruit, oak and fermented barley that is simply exquisite! I chose to paint the Kriek in the taproom, because it is probably the most famous of the Cascade offerings. I have painted live at breweries many times, and my experience at Cascade exceeded expectations! The beertender made sure I tasted the most notable beers on the extensive menu. The staff was amazing, and the beers… well they speak for themselves! If you haven’t been to the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, you must make a pilgrimage to this beer Mecca, home of the best American sour beer!
Cheers to inventive and creative breweries!