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September 12th, 2012 12:01 am MARTIN CIZMAR | Drank

Drank: Figaro (Cascade Brewing)


With Cascade Brewing Barrel House tapping a bizarre new sour concoction pretty much every week, it’s hard to get too wound up about a new release. Honey ginger lime and elderberry? Again? But I’ve been excited for Figaro since February, when the bacteria-wranglin’ beermaker poured wee tasters of the still-mellowing brew during the Zwickelmania open house. Six long months and $25 later, my bottle was headed for a campfire on the dunes at Seaside. After mellowing a blend of strong blond ales for up to a year, then aging the blend with white Adriatic figs in chardonnay barrels for another six months, this 9.5-percent-alcohol sour will shame anyone who takes Portland’s most unique beermaker for granted. Figaro isn’t sharply sour after so much time in the barrel. Actually, with a fruity tartness from lactobacillus and a bready blond base, it’s a lot like fig preserves spread over sourdough. No need to be patient about popping the cork—we’ve waited long enough. Recommended. 

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