I love a good Sour Ale. We’ve got a few breweries around the Sound producing some excellent sours (Urban Family Brewing and Engine House No. 9 are two that immediately come to mind) but, for me, the gold standard for sours from the Northwest is still Cascade Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon.
For years, Cascade was the name that immediately sprang to mind whenever anyone asked about good sour ales from the Northwest, and with good reason. Cascade’s portfolio speaks for itself and now they’ve released their two latest creations: Ocean Views Hazy Pale and Coastal Gose. While it’s obviously not a Sour Ale, Ocean Views marks the first been Cascade has released in 16 oz cans, and it will see national distribution. Coastal Gose will release in 500ml bottles and will also be distributed nationwide.
Here is the full press release from Cascade Brewing Company:
PORTLAND, Ore. –– On Saturday, July 6, Cascade Brewing released two beach-themed beers: Ocean Views Hazy Pale Ale, the brewery’s very first beer produced in 16-ounce cans; and Coastal Gose, a partnership with the Surfrider Foundation that will be available on draft and in 500ml bottles. Both beers will be available in Cascade’s two Portland pubs, while Coastal Gose will also be distributed nationwide.
Ocean Views offers a first-class ticket to a tropical place — metaphorically speaking. El Dorado, Cascade and Ekuanot hops create this tropical hazy pale with notes of pineapple and citrus (5% ABV). Coastal Gose is an interpretation of the historic Gose beer featuring sour wheat ales aged in oak barrels with ground coriander seed and sea salt harvested from Oregon’s coastal waters (7.3% ABV).
“Few places embody the wild spirit of the Pacific Northwest like the Oregon Coast,” said Kevin Martin, Cascade Brewing Director of Brewery Operations. “To help protect this venerated landscape, we partnered with the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and created Coastal Gose. We’re committed to donating a portion of the profits from each bottle of Coastal Gose sold to help the Surfrider Foundation protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves and beaches––one beer at a time.”
For more information, visit CascadeBrewing.com.
About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and is the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon; the company also has two taprooms in Portland, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House in Southeast, and the Lodge at Cascade Brewing in Southwest.
I’m not sure I can recall ever trying a Pale Ale from Cascade, since I was always so interested in their sours, but I’m looking forward to giving Ocean Views a try. I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed. Both Ocean Views and Coastal Gose are out now and should be arriving soon at your local craft beer retailer. Pick up some of each to enjoy with your Summer activities.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.