Scottish Ale Festival: Last Minute Details

Cascade Brewing's Scottish Ale Festival will be held on January 29just two days from now!  Here are the last minute details if you're planning to attend.

Location, Hours, & Misc.:
  • 939 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR
  • 3pm - 11pm
  • No cover charge
  • Minors allowed with parent

Mugs:  Great news!  You can bring one of your old 14 oz. plastic beer fest (OBF, HAF, Spring Beer Fest) mugs.  I must have 20 of these in my house.  If you don't have one, you can buy one for $3.

  • 4pm and 7pm:  Stone Porridge 
  • 5:15pm:  Burns reading
  • 6pm:  Bagpipers

Beer List:   If you look closely at the list below, you may notice the absence of Migration Brewing's Old Silenus.  Unfortunately, they are not attending because they sold the beer they had planned to bring.  Doh!  Hate when that happens.  Worry not...plenty of other amazing beers to sample.

Ron Gansberg, Cascade Brewmaster, gave me some behind-the-scenes insights into the festival a few weeks ago.  You can see that interview here.   Finally, If it ain't Scottish, it's CRAP!!! 

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Splinters Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Scotch Ale  (IBU 38 / ABV 7.1%)
Black Raven Brewing Co., Redmond, WA  ·
Splinters is the Bourbon barrel aged version of the brewery's Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale. Aged for six months in various Bourbon barrels, they picked the best of the barrel for added complexity of flavor. All of the barrels were then combined and the beer was aged for another few months in stainless to meld and mature.

McShagger Scottish Ale  (IBU 26 / ABV 8.3%)
Cascade Brewing, Portland, OR ·
This strong Scotch ale cuts the chill and warms from within.  A nose of sweet malt and a hint of chocolate and smoked peat start the journey.  Chocolate, kilned coffee and German Rauch malts combine to lend this big Scottish ale a hint of whiskey.

Wee Ane Scottish Amber  (IBU 20 / ABV 4.75%)
Cascade Brewing, Portland, OR ·
This easy drinking Scottish small ale is just the thing to recalibrate your palate after all the holiday festivities.  Fuggles, Goldings and Crystal hops balance the Munich and chocolate malts to make this a genuine Scottish session ale.

Black Sheep Stout  (IBU 25 / ABV 5.14%)
Cascade Brewing, Portland, OR ·
This easy drinking stout was designed to shepherd you at any time on your beer journey, be that breakfast, lunch or supper.  The sweet chocolate nose that greets you from the dark Crystal, chocolate, brown and black malts is what this beer is all about.  It's accented by roasted barley and kilned coffee grains that lead to a finish ending with a slight spiced hop bite that will linger and dry out your palate.

Brigadoonery Scottish Ale  (IBU 45 / ABV 6%)
Coalition Brewing Co., Portland, OR ·
Golden Promise malt forms the base of this classic Scotch style ale. The malt forward base is supplemented with dark caramel and a touch of peated malt for sweetness and a light smokiness. Wyeast 1728 gives slightly fruity phenolics to the beer.

Fearless Strong Scotch Ale  (IBU 48 / ABV 9.25%)
Fearless Brewing Co., Estacada, OR ·
This huge malty beer is brewed in the traditional Strong Scotch style. Hops are subdued, while a nutty, slightly roasty finish is the hallmark.

Scottish Holiday  (IBU 35 / ABV 6.8%)
Lucky Lab Brewing Co., Portland, OR ·
This is a true Scotch ale brewed with Scottish pale malt and only the finest English hops. Scottish Holiday is a rich, dark chocolate brew with hints of licorice and raisins. Alcohol content is moderate to high but it balances nicely with a hint of hoppy bitterness. This was the Lab's first and only holiday style ale.

Highland Courage
Rock Bottom Brewing Co., Portland, OR ·
No description has yet been provided; however, we do know that this was one of the last beers brewed by Van Havig before his departure, so it's sure to be delicious!

Hoppy the Woodsman  (IBU 60 / ABV 9%)
Schooner EXACT Brewing Co., Seattle, WA ·
Hoppy Holidays' big brother, this ale is last year's Hoppy Holidays winter beer that has been aged in Bourbon barrels for a year and then blended to perfection.  Oak and Bourbon flavors mix with roasted malt and a touch of Yakima hops.

House  (ABV 6.35%)
Upright Brewing Co., Portland, OR ·
Upright "House" is a spiced brown ale made with the famous Traquair House Brewery of Scotland in mind. Upright's take on the style uses coriander, long pepper and bitter orange peel along with a simple grist to produce a malty beer with burnt orange notes and a slight background spice. It's a one-off keg made just for this event.

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