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This is a beer that I have been looking at almost every time I go to a beer store in Philly. I really enjoy Cascade beers, but the price point is a little much for my tastes. I finally pulled the trigger on this one last time I went to the Craft Beer Outlet. Let’s see how this beer was.

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ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This NW style sour wheat ale was barrel aged for up to 12 months with cranberries, orange peel and cinnamon. Soft aromas of cranberries and light floral notes start this beer off. Tart, dry notes of sweet cranberries with hints of wild strawberries on the palate give way to a pronounced dryness and a lingering finish of cranberries and spice.”

Random: One of my favorite things at Thanksgiving is the cranberries.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head into my Firestone Walker Teku glass. The body was a cloudy, dark pink color with lots of active carbonation. The nose was filled with sour cranberries. There was significant yeast and Brett characteristic to it, but the cranberry note did stand out. The taste was very nice with significant tartness that was supplemented by cranberry notes. There was also wheat in the taste. Light spice and toasted oak were present as well and added a certain depth to the flavor. The alcohol was very well hidden. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a long and sour, cranberry finish. For $34.95 for the bomber, this broke down to $1.59 an ounce, which was insanely expensive. Despite this, I really enjoyed the beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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I found another Cascade beer during our last beer haul from Westchester. Let’s see how it went, especially given that it’s always written up in beer books.

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ABV: 7.2%

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tart, barrel-aged beers are the emerging beer style and Cascade Brewing is a pioneer of the NW style sour beer movement. We are, by nature, the definition of artisanal brewing: we’re not bound by stylistic guidelines, just our own imagination and the ingredients we can access. Our brewery currently houses more than 750 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels filled with wheats, blonds, quads, reds, browns and porters that are aged and blended into magical elixirs. These beers have aggressive tart notes that are balanced by residual sugars, fruits, spices and the oak we use. We serve them all up for you at the Cascade Brewery Barrel House – or House of Sour – which features more than 18 rotating taps, with a predominantly sour lineup at any given time. We also offer a number of bottled products, all available at the source and some available online. We are proud to have recently received a rare score of 100 on Beer Advocate, a world-class rating.”

Random: I really love Cascade brews. I can’t believe I keep finding them wherever I go and couldn’t find them for years.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a slight, off white crown left on top of the body. The body was a dark reddish-brown that was cloudy with a lot of carbonation present. The nose had lots of tart cherries, vinegar and toasted oak. The taste was intensely tart with lots of vinegar and cherries. There wasn’t as much as oak and I was hoping for, but the taste was still really nice. The body was on the thick side of the style with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with tart cherries. I really enjoyed this one. I would definitely have it again, although the price point is a bit high.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Whenever the other half isn’t home, I tend to stand in the kitchen and crack open a jar of Rick’s Picks Mean Beans and eat them straight out of the jar. They’re pickled green beans that are spicy and garlicky. This batch happens to be a bit more spicy. I can tell you because I just ate a bunch of them and my tongue is on fire and I am sweating. Anyways, I had this beer last night. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 7.33%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This NW style sour ale blends wheat and blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for eight months before aging on fresh blueberries for an additional three months. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak and a dusty floral note. Rich earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base note of blueberry skins.”

Random: Mouth is still seriously on fire.

This brew poured with a one finger, purple tinged head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep purple color with high carbonation visible. The nose was oak and blueberry with sour blueberry skins. The taste was a bit of a letdown. I got oak and some tart funk. What I didn’t get a lot of would be blueberries, which was really surprising. The body was on the watery side with high carbonation. The finish was long and really tart, again, with very little blueberry. I was really excited to try this beer, but it was an overpriced letdown, and one that I wouldn’t have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

It’s so nice to have another day off. I’ve already been pretty productive. I ordered Father’s Day gifts and I’m on my second load of laundry and it’s not even noon yet. Anyways, I got this gem from The Foodery in Philly. I didn’t even know it was distributed to Pennsylvania. Let’s see if it’s as good as I’ve read it is in countless beer books.

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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This NW style sour ale is a blend of blond ales that were barrel aged for up to 12 months, then aged on fresh apricots for an additional eight months. Aroma of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are the first to be noticed. Deep rich apricot flesh and light acid notes dance on the palate and lead to a finish of sweet apricot flesh and lingering fruit tartness in the finish.”

Random: I’m almost done with Season 4 of “Big Love.” It’s actually pretty good.

This brew poured with a finger of white head in my Teku glass. It was really slow to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy light orange color with light carbonation visible and some tan sediment at the bottom of the glass. The nose was really fragrant with lots of apricot and oak. There was a floral note as well. The taste was really complex. Initially, I got some funk and apricot. After a few sips, there was a definite oak presence along with lemon and green apple. There was a definite Belgian yeast presence as well. The funk was really nice and the body was exceptionally dry and had high carbonation as well. The alcohol was not present at all, making this exceptionally dangerous. The finish was long and tart with apricots. This beer was amazing, and one I would definitely have again. The price tag was hefty, but definitely worth it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0