Tag Archives: Cascadian Dark Ale

CDA Week: Oakshire O’Dark:30

Oakshire Brewing over in Eugene (Oregon) is one of those breweries that has come out of nowhere over the past year or two and has been taking the Oregon beer scene by storm. They won the silver medal at this past year’s GABF in the coffee flavored beer category for their Overcast Espresso Stout, and their Watershed IPA seems to be a fan favorite. So brewing up a Cascadian Dark Ale makes perfect sense. Hence, … Continue reading →

CDA Week: Deschutes Hop in the Dark

Deschutes Brewery is soon to be releasing their own Cascadian Dark Ale soon (in May): Hop in the Dark. I previously posted about it back in March. “We’ve brewed 22 batches of this beer at both our Bend and Portland pubs, experimenting on our customers as we perfected the recipe,” said Brewmaster Larry Sidor. “This beer has subtle coffee undertones born from a blend of oats with dark, Munich and crystal malts. Classic IPA flavors … Continue reading →

CDA Week: HUB Secession Black IPA

Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland released their own interpretation of the Cascadian Dark Ale this year: Secession Black IPA. Like all of HUB’s beers, it’s brewed with all organic ingredients. It’s 6.5% alcohol by volume and I have to say, I really like the silkscreened label design they have for this bottle. With both the Douglas Fir silhouette (the same used in the Cascadia flag that I’m using for the logo on the right) and … Continue reading →

CDA Week: The style, the name

So some of you might be wondering, “Just what is this ‘Cascadian Dark Ale’ anyway?” Well, there’s a couple of ways to answer this. First, let’s get an overview of the style… although that gets into the name issue as well. In a soundbite, the style is a “Black IPA” (forget for a moment that “IPA” is short for India Pale Ale). Think of taking something like a Schwarzbier or a Porter and hopping it … Continue reading →

CDA Week: Three Creeks 8 Second IBA (mini review)

This past weekend, we traveled over to Sisters to have lunch at Three Creeks Brewing and thinking of CDA Week, one of the beers I ordered was the 8 Second IBA (India Black Ale). This was one of their first beers on tap when they opened (and was the first CDA style of beer that I know of brewed in Central Oregon) and is described on their website thusly: This unique style is truly an … Continue reading →