The Cascade Brewing Barrel House – also known as “The House of Sour” – is throwing a party this weekend in honor of its first anniversary. Join us at 939 SE Belmont St. in Portland this Friday and Saturday from 2 to 10 pm each day for a celebration focusing on the barrels, the cellaring and the magic.

On draft on the production side, we’ll be serving the original blends of Bourbonic Plague (’09), Vlad the Imp Aler (’09), Beckberry (’10) & Noyeaux (’10). On the pub side, there will be a few select vintage live barrels on a special tap handle.   

Here’s the part our sour fans have been waiting for: beginning at 6 pm Friday, we’ll be selling 10 cases each of the original Vlad the Imp Aler and Bourbonic Plague from the Blenders’ Cellar (this is about as rare as it gets, as only 20 cases of each beer remain in existence). Bottles of Vlad cost $27, while Bourbonic costs $30 per bottle. There is a limit of two bottles per person (this means only 60 people). If there are any bottles left on Saturday, they’ll go on sale at 2 pm.

Please note, many people start lining up early for these bottle sales. While we don’t encourage that, we acknowledge it will happen, so we will begin issuing tickets to those in line beginning at 5 pm on Friday. When the bottle sales starts at 6 pm, those with tickets will receive bottles first.


Brews Events:

Fresh Hop Celebration Returns to Denver

The 5th annual Fresh Hop Celebration returns to exult in the harvest of the hop fields with wet and fresh hopped brews from some of your favorite breweries.  The celebration will take place on the patio and in the parking lot of Falling Rock Tap House and will include live music, tastings, information on home brewing, people’s choice awards, activities and more.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 (Noon – 5:00pm)

Fresh Hop Celebration

All Ages Welcome, Must be 21 to Drink

Location: Falling Rock Tap House

1800 Blake Street, Denver, CO

Admission: $20, includes commemorative glass and 4 tokens (each token is good for 1 beer)

The Fresh Hop Celebration was founded five years ago by Deschutes Brewery. Two Deschutes beers will be featured this year, poured from the brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, Woody: Hop Trip and the new Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale. The celebration will also feature a variety of other regional breweries including Oskar Blues, Full Sail, Ska Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Great Divide and more.  Proceeds will benefit Colorado State University’s Agricultural Program.


Final List Beers, Participating Food Vendors, Live Demos and Official After-Party Details for ‘Brooklyn Pour’ Craft Beer Festival


New York, NY – The Village Voice revealed the last round of 100+ beers for the first annual “Brooklyn Pour” craft beer festival. Joining the event to showcase their latest fall craft brews are: Crispin Cider, Guinness Black Lager, Long Trail Brewing Company, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Troegs Brewing Company, and Vanberg & DeWulf. The event will also feature food vendors, including: sliders from Bare Burger, German currywurst from Der Schwarze Kolner, sandwiches from Rye House, pretzels from Sigmunds, slices from Pizza 33, and wings from My Super Wings.

Also announced today is the official Brooklyn Pour After-Party, hosted by local biergarden Der Schwarze Kolner, which will take place at 710 Fulton Street in Fort Greene starting at 6:00 PM for all ticket holders.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 – General Admission: 3:00 – 6:00PM, Ticket Price $40

A limited number of general admission tickets for the first annual “Brooklyn Pour” craft beer festival are available; VIP tickets are now sold out.

Two New Siebel Courses Available

This fall you can supercharge your understanding of the contemporary world of beer with two of our most popular courses.

The Master of Beer Styles and Evaluation course (Nov. 14 – Nov. 17, 2011) takes an in-depth look at beer styles and flavors, providing the most complete training available in both “old world” and “new world” beer styles.

The program starts with the one-day Sensory Analysis course in which Lyn Kruger, President of Siebel Institute, trains participants in the techniques used by brewing industry professionals in assessing the positive and negative attributes of beer.

After the Sensory Analysis course, you then move on to the Master of Beer Styles course which begins by reviewing the language and role of styles and the full range of beer ingredients and processes.  Extensive beer tasting is conducted throughout the course with dozens of brews sampled & discussed with classmates and instructors Ray Daniels and Randy Mosher.

Immediately following the Master of Beer Styles & Evaluation, the one-day  Beer and Food: A Hands-On Encounter course (Nov. 18, 2011) aims to acquaint the participants with the theoretical and practical aspects of putting beer and food together.

Instructors Randy Mosher and Lucy Saunders will inform and entertain students with in-depth presentations while the extensive sampling of food and beer combinations will fill both mind & body with the richness of this emerging area of the culinary arts.

For complete information on all our Siebel Institute Course, download our course catalog in PDF format or contact us at