Brothers Cascadia Brewing is set to celebrate their first anniversary this weekend in Vancouver, Washington. Two years ago they signed a lease to use the building, marking the beginning of a lengthy buildout. They softly opened in April of 2017, eventually celebrating their grand opening in June.
June 16th-June 17th, 2018 from 11am-10pm
Live music, new beer, raffles, food cart specials, Pig Roast Sunday (11am-until sold out), Face Painting Sunday (12-3pm)
Brothers Cascadia Brewing is helmed by Sherman Gore, Head Brewer Jason Bos, and Richard Tiffany. Gore and Bos previously worked together at Laurelwood Brewing. The focus of their new venture is IPAs and Lagers, with some dabbling in mixed fermentation. At the time of my visit, I tasted an early version of Lydian (a raspberry mixed-culture sour that’s a part of their chromatic series). It was slated to be bottled that week, and should be ready for consumption soon.
Brothers Cascadia Taproom
One of the most obvious things about the brewery is that they have an immense amount of pride for the Pacific Northwest. The owners have worked and lived in both Oregon and Washington, and encourage people from both communities to check out their space.
As an avid Timbers fan, I love the many references to the Cascadia flag. The tree from the flag is in their branding, which has artistic iterations on the bar top and in a mural outside.
Beers I tried:
- 🍺 Bold As Love IPA 🌟🌟🌟 (3.75) Classic hops, good mouthfeel, clean
- 🍺 Threat Level Midnight 🌟🌟🌟 (3.75) Chocolate really comes through, more like a Schwartz
- 🍺 Koel and the Gang 🌟🌟🌟 (3.75) Great hazy, bright, dry finish, great citrus flavor
- 🍺 People’s Pilsner 🌟🌟🌟 (3.5) Czech-style pilsner, good clean flavor, slight pilsner malt flavor
- 🍺 Nectar 🌟🌟🌟 (3.5) Fruit isn’t super clear, haze is nice, dry finish
- 🍺 Mecca Grade Rustic Lager 🌟🌟🌟 (3.25) Malty, medium-bodied lager
- 🍺 Crazy 88 🌟🌟🌟 (3.25) Asian lager, nice and light
The taproom and brewery occupy the same room, with only a wall of barrels separating the two. There’s a lot of concrete, but it doesn’t feel cold. Wooden tables, warm lighting, and bright murals make the space more comfortable. Seeing as it shares a wall with a CrossFit gym, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the inside of the brewery when I first rolled up. To my delight, it was friendly and welcoming. It’s convenient that they have a spot right off I-5, but I’d recommend driving in from the South side of 15th for easier access.
Brothers Cascadia Brewery
Two brew setups are used at Brothers Cascadia: A 2-barrel pilot system and a 10-barrel “large scale” system. The smaller system allows them to easily make one-off beers for brewfests, or to fill barrels with limited quantities for aging.