Art Larrance was no stranger to the Oregon craft beer scene when he established Cascade Brewing in 1998. He partnered with Brewmaster Ron Gansberg, who oversaw the design and installation of the brewhouse. Together, they took their over 40 years of combined brewing experience to create fantastic sour beers inspired by an abundance of local fruit. Each of their beers are then aged on wine barrels from the Northwestern Oregon region.
In this tasting we sampled Apricot and Kriek, made with local apricots and cherries, and further aged in the bottle since 2011.
Pouring the color of its namesake, this sour was crystal clear with super fine carbonation and a decent head. Pleasant scents of apricot, oak, and alcohol hit the nose. The taste is delightfully sour, smooth and tart with a subtle hint of apricot at the finish. If SweetTarts made an apricot flavor, it would taste like this beer. And we’d pick through the roll to eat all of them.
From appearance to aroma to taste, the cherry in this one is much more apparent than the apricot was in its counterpart. Looking reddish-brown like brandy with tiny bubbles and an inviting pillowy head, this beer smelled of sour cherries upfront with a sour, oaky wine finish. Cherries are again upfront in the flavor along with a lovely sweet and tart sourness.
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