Cascade Brewing News: Men’s Journal names Noyaux a top beer; Brewery has barrel education with fourth generation Master Cooper
Noyaux (pronounced noy-OH) is a blend of sour blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to 24 months with fresh raspberries and apricot noyaux. It features a complex bouquet of raspberry fruit, rose petals, toasted almonds and soft perfume notes.
Barrels and blending are a very important part of the brewing process at Cascade Brewing and what separates it from other sour beer producers; mainly the ones that brew primarily “kettle sours,” which do not utilize any oak barrel aging. Cascade Brewing beers age for a minimum of 12 months in oak; some age up to two years.
On Nov. 4, Cascade Brewing was honored to have Douglas Rennie, a fourth generation Master Cooper, visit its facility. Rennie, who formerly hailed from Glasgow, Scotland, and now resides in Napa, Calif., is the Master Cooper for world-renowned barrel maker Seguin Moreau.
Accompanied by the Pacific Northwest Sales Territory Manager Adam Schultz, the two spent more than two hours with Cascade’s cellar and brewery team discussing the finer points of the barrel process and giving a hands-on demonstration of how to properly care for the casks.
Against the background of Cascade’s 1,500+ sour beer-filled oak barrels, Rennie used his tools ever so delicately to show the team the best way to care for its treasured oaks. He informed them that the wood used in the French Oak casks come from trees that are a minimum of 150 years old; more than 60 percent of Cascade’s barrels are French Oak, including the nine foudres.
“We greatly appreciated Mr. Rennie’s time at Cascade,” stated Tim Larrance, vice president of sales and marketing for Cascade Brewing. “We know that his time spent with our team will benefit us greatly in helping use our oak barrels to make the best sour beer around.”
About Cascade Brewing
Founded in 1998, Cascade Brewing is best known for pioneering the sour beer renaissance. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales that offer a complex array of flavors derived from Northwest grown ingredients, with each release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Its beers are brewed at the original brewery in Southwest Portland, then blended and aged at the nearby Blending House, which holds more than 1,500 oaks barrels and nine foudre tanks. For more information, visit CascadeBrewing.com or call 503-265-8603. Follow @CascadeBrewing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.